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Catholic NFL Star Faces Backlash for Sharing Conservative Values

In a recent address at Benedictine College, Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker shared his Catholic views with the graduating class, emphasizing the sacredness of family and life. Yet, the NFL’s swift distancing from Butker’s speech reveals a troubling pattern within the league of sidelining traditional values in favor of promoting a woke agenda. Butker, a devout Catholic and three-time Super Bowl champion, took his moment on stage to courageously speak against the prevailing cultural narratives that challenge the Christian conception of family and life.

The NFL’s response to Butker’s speech emphasizes their commitment to “inclusion.” However, this inclusion seems to selectively silence voices like Butker’s that champion Christian and conservative values. The league’s stance sends a clear message: adherence to a progressive agenda takes precedence over the freedom to express religious beliefs and traditional values. 

Butker’s commendation of homemaking as a noble vocation for women and his critique of the commercialization of Pride Month should not be viewed as divisive but as a testament to his faith. His speech underscores a critical dialogue about the role of faith and family in public life that many feel is under attack by mainstream entities, including the NFL.

This incident is emblematic of a broader cultural shift where Christian values are increasingly pushed to the periphery, labeled as outdated or intolerant. The NFL, an influential platform in American culture, unfortunately, seems more intent on promoting ideologies that align with a specific agenda rather than fostering a truly inclusive environment where diverse viewpoints, especially conservative Christian ones, are respected.

As Americans, particularly as Christians, we must recognize the gravity of these developments. The sidelining of a professional athlete for expressing his faith-based views on life and family is not just about sports; it’s a reflection of a society straying further from its foundational Judeo-Christian ethics. It is imperative that we support those like Butker who use their platform to speak on truths that our society seeks to suppress.

We are at a juncture where we must decide whether we will allow our values to be dictated by organizations that disregard our deeply held beliefs, or if we will stand firm in our principles and advocate for a return to the values that truly strengthen our families and communities. Let this situation be a call to action for every Christian and conservative American: to boldly live out our faith, to support those who face backlash for their beliefs, and to continually pray for and work towards a nation that respects and upholds the sanctity of every human life and the foundational role of the family.

Jay Shepard

Jay Shepard

Jay was elected as the National Committeeman to the Republican National Committee for Vermont in both 2012 and 2016. He currently serves as RNC Vice Chair serving on the Executive Committee as well as the Rules Committee. Jay and his wife are owners of Junction Consulting LLC; a marketing and advertising firm specializing in creating, producing and delivering corporate and political media and messaging. He is also a partner in a Behavioral Science Research Firm.