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Church Group Drops Agnieszka Radwanska After ESPN Body Issue Appearance

Jul 4, 2013; London, United Kingdom; Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) during her match against Sabine Lisicki (GER) on day 10 of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

A Polish Catholic youth group has dropped native Agnieszka Radwanska’s lead role in the group after she posed nude in ESPN’s Body Issue last week.

The tennis star has been “an abassador” for the youth group, publicly showing her belief in religion. That will no longer be the case, and senior Catholic priest, Father Marek Dziewiecki, had strong criticism against Radwanska’s photo shoot.

“It’s a shame that someone who has declared their love for Jesus is now promoting the mentality of men looking at a woman as a thing rather than a child of God worthy of respect and love,” [Dziewiecki] told The Telegraph. “If she meets a man who she can truly love and establish a happy family and raise Catholic children, then she would probably have to hide these pictures from relatives.”

No, she wouldn’t, because there’s no reason to be embarrassed by the photos. ESPN’s Body Issue has always been tastefully done photo shoots of nude athletes that show off their body. There is nothing that suggests that guys will just look at her “as a thing” as the priest says.

What’s more embarrassing is how much Dziewiecki and whoever decided to drop Radwanska look awful in the demotion, clearly not understanding the reasoning behind the material and giving anybody that criticizes Christianity more fuel.

All because they didn’t take the time to do some research before taking action.

Topics: Agnieszka Radwanska, Espn Body Issue

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  • Matt Gajtka

    So stupid. As a Christian, this is embarrassing. The Body Issue is a great celebration of athletic beauty male or female. Is there some voyeurism involved? Sure, for some people. But it’s also an encouragement to folks who may be out of shape and looking for motivation.

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