The Christian family of NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers were reportedly hurt and “dismayed” over the athlete’s recent anti-religion comments, which were made on former professional race care driver Danika Patrick’s podcast, “Pretty Intense.” Rodgers and Patrick are publicly dating.
“I don’t know how you can believe in a God who wants to condemn most of the planet to a fiery hell,” Rodgers told Patrick on “Pretty Intense,” as reported by PEOPLE magazine. “What type of loving, sensitive, omnipresent, omnipotent being wants to condemn his beautiful creation to a fiery hell at the end of all this?”
“Religion can be a crutch, it can be something that people have to have to make themselves feel better,” the Green Bay Packers QB continued. “Because it’s set up binary, it’s us and them, saved and unsaved, heaven and hell, it’s enlightened and heathen, it’s holy and righteous … that makes a lot of people feel better about themselves.”
Rodgers claimed he and “most people” he knew growing up went to church because “you just had to go.”