Aaron Rodgers' Family 'Dismayed' by the Quarterback's Comments on Religion as Their Feud Continues https://t.co/9Rv8wTEyNq— People (@people) January 23, 2020
Aaron Rodgers has been estranged from his family members for years, and now they are reportedly upset and appalled by comments he recently made about his religious upbringing to girlfriend Danica Patrick on her podcast last month. The Green Bay Packers quarterback admitted he has struggled to believe in a higher power.
Rodgers explained that he questioned religion as a kid and has since related to a “different type of spirituality” as he’s gotten older. “Most people that I knew, church was just...you just had to go," Rodgers, 36, told Patrick. “I don’t know how you can believe in a God who wants to condemn most of the planet to a fiery hell,” Rodgers continued. “What type of loving, sensitive, omnipresent, omnipotent being wants to condemn his beautiful creation to a fiery hell at the end of all this?”
The quarterback added that religion can cause a divide. “Religion can be a crutch,” Rodgers continued. “It can be something that people have to have to make themselves feel better. 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.”
A source tells PEOPLE that Rodgers’ family is offended by his religious comments. “They were dismayed. The family is very dedicated to their Christian faith. To them, his comments are basically a slap in the face to the fundamentals of who they are. It’s basically him turning his back on everything they have taught him.”
“His comments are very hurtful to the family,” continued the insider, who added that the family “still loves Aaron very much,” but disagrees with him about fundamental things.