Tennis pros and religion

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  1. Mainad

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    He was an Anglican archdeacon in Durban, South Africa (Wade lived there from the age of 1 to 15).

    A mum? Was that before or after she became an Episcopalian nun? :)
     
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    I'll try to look for it. It was an article that was translated from swiss german I remember. He stated that he was not religious and I think it is pretty obvious that he isn't.
     
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  3. Who Am I?

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    There are many non-religious people who believe in God. I know quite a few of them actually.
     
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    Yes, he is a person to be admired, as is his nephew. It is always gratifying to see people who are sportsmen and others you would not ordinarily think of as "intellectual" demonstrating that rational thinking is within the capacity of anyone who actually thinks for himself.
     
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    That is because of the brainwashing by their parents and society. They were told that not believing in evolution is a brave position to take in opposition to the evil world, so it became a heroic thing for them to do. My parents were similar. It took me a long time to see the light. In the past, it would have been to bravely harass gays to protest against the evil society. Something to cling to the past and perceive oneself as moral and persecuted. As times change, fewer of these things exist, but people always need something or the other to feel good about themselves.
     
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    Hum. Some deletion of perfectly non-inflammatory, reasonable posts by the mods. What a shame.
     
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    I don't know where Sid's post has gone but in reply to it, I don't think that's very practical Sid. I think there was a survey that initiated the current survey being done by the Catholic Church that showed only 5% of practicing Catholics are actually 'good Catholics'.
     
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    Probably not, Jeff. You are right. I was just ranting. Its not just about Christians. It's just so silly when you see non-practicing muslims reading food labels on everything to make sure there is no pork in it. Apparently skittles have pork in them. :neutral:
     
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    Exactly, just don't confuse liking to pork with liking pork.
     
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    In Tennessee, where I'm from, the largest denomination is Baptist. I'm one of the few catholics there.
     
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    Yeah, the sideline baptisms/conversions and the bloody sacrafice at midfield were way over the top. :shock:

    But seriously, what was the problem? Is Stalin's grandson running FIFA now?

    An open door to some guilt-free rule bending, perhaps. :p I think he often comes across as the fortunate, bloviating beneficiary of his jock nephew's talent.
     
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    Wow, this thread is still around? I'm surprised that the fanboys didn't derail it..

    Do you know what Raonic is wearing? I thought it was a necklace that was shaped like a racquet.
     
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    LOL. Outstanding sir.
     
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    No, what is it? A Thor's hammer? Some sort of cross?
     
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    Never mind, it's a cross. :lol:

    Isn't his name pronounced MIL-OS RAO-NICH?

    [​IMG]
     
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    I think it's pronounced "MEE-loash ROW-nitch," where the "ROW" rhymes with COW.
     
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    Delete....
     
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    An avid reader of food labels myself, it's gross the stuff that's in some food...
     
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    Oh.. Thanks!

    A lot of people get it wrong...
     
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    Having pros with similar or same religions, like Federer and Del Potro in my case, helps me identify with and support them a bit more. However, when talking sports, religion is irrelevant. I don't care if someone is Catholic, Muslim or any other denomination, as I watch them for how they play and compete, not for what they believe in.
     
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    Each to their own is my philosophy but both religion and non-religious belief share a common bond which is respect as that's human nature. :)

    Djokovic comes to mind regarding religious tennis players as he wears that wooden cross which pops out of his T-shirt once in a while, he's a part of the Serbian Orthodox. The east of Europe during/after 1975/1992 had a religious renaissance, I won't say why as goes into political discussion.

    There's plenty of seemingly "non-affiliated to religion" tennis players who still don the Crucifix.

    I wear the Celtic Cross Crucifix as I'm Irish and Italian and my parents where Catholic, an ode to my heritage and my family. I have personal reservations about people in high places in regards to religion but if it's religious to believe in noble 3rd parties who look like humans who live in another dimension well I am. :)
     
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    How this brilliant post has been passed over so many times is beyond me.
     
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    Hahhhahahahahahahah
     
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  25. AtomicForehand

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    Agreed.

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    Serena and Venus are Jehovah's Witnesses! That's why they don't put their hands on their hearts during the national anthem (it's considered worshipping a false idol or something like that). Can you imagine having them show up at your doorstep with religious pamphlets? :D
     
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    religious symbol such as crosses are often work as fashion jewelery
     
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    Serena often thanks "her God Jehovah" when she wins a title.
     
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