News of brain injuries from football are causing some people to wonder whether we should be playing and watching the sport.
In a related article for The Federalist, Jonathan S. Tobin says it's time for football fans to consider the morality of a sport that turns young athletes into "middle-aged corpses, racked by dementia and disabilities."
On the other side of the argument is Rachel Lu, who also wrote an article for The Federalist. According to Lu, Americans are not barbarians for enjoying football, even if it is dangerous.
"Before we start shaming fans for enjoying a hard-hitting sport, consider how much good that sport has done for so many former players, at all levels of the game," writes Lu.
In a related discussion on “Washington Watch,” Owen Strachan, associate professor of Christian Theology at Midwestern Bible Theological Seminary, said he isn’t opposed to football, nor does he think it's morally wrong to watch.
"But outside of that, I do think it's right for a lot of us to have at least concerns about the game," said Strachan, citing the study of deceased football players whose brains showed evidence of damage from the sport.
"When you see a recent study, for example," he told Perkins, "that says that 110 out of 111 former NFL players have evidence of brain damage – directly linked to the game, of course – that makes you sit up in your chair and it makes you realize that now we're no longer debating whether there could be some kind of ‘possible’ link between football and CTE or brain breakdown."
Strachan wrote about this topic in 2013 for Christianity Today. The title of that article is “Our Shaken Faith in Football,” although Strachan pointed out to "Washington Watch" that it was an editor at Christianity Today that came up with the headline, not Strachan.