Catholic group questions NFL’s commitment to ‘inclusion’ after response to player’s religious speech

The head of a Catholic political advocacy group has accused the National Football League (NFL) of trying to distance itself from its players over their faith-filled commencement speeches, claiming a “commitment to social inclusion.” There is.

Catholic Vote defended Chiefs forward Harrison Butker in a letter Thursday to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Kansas City Chiefs CEO Clark Hunt. After Kicker was shamed for giving a speech at Benedictine College that said “the truth is in the minority.”

In the first minutes of his speech, Booker criticized President Joe Biden for his pro-abortion stance despite calling himself a Catholic, calling the president “so delusional that he makes the sign of the cross at pro-abortion rallies.” “It has been a long time since I’ve been in the middle of a long time.” As well as detailing his Catholic faith, Butker also touched on controversial political topics such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), diversity, equity and inclusion.

The NFL released a statement saying the league is committed to inclusion and Butker’s views “are not those of the NFL as an organization.” CatholicVote sent a letter to the league saying their response was “true diversity.” It casts doubt on the efforts being made.” And inclusion. ”

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Kansas City Chiefs placekicker Harrison Butker, 7, speaks to the media on the night of Super Bowl LVIII opener at Allegiant Stadium. (Lucas Pelletier)

The group asked whether the NFL’s inclusion efforts include “Catholics, pro-life Americans, mothers, and people who hold to traditional moral beliefs.”

CatholicVote also highlighted the growing backlash against Butker, including from the Los Angeles Rams quarterback’s wife, who said the speech had a “dangerous gender ideology.”

The View also said Bakker’s religious beliefs were “cult-like” and that he needed to undergo therapy.

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“The growing hatred, intimidation, and now threats of violence for publicly defending our deeply held beliefs is the worst kind of anti-Catholic bigotry,” Brian Birch, president of Catholic Vote, said in the letter. , it is unacceptable.”

NFL logo on the field

The NFL logo is displayed on the field before the Arizona Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Rams game at SoFi Stadium on October 3, 2021 in Inglewood, California. (Caitlin Mulcahy)

The group added that Butker’s speech was “courageous” and encouraged “Catholics to live up to the noble ideals of our faith.”

“These ideals are not controversial to millions of Americans and, in fact, remain sacred to millions of religious believers, including millions of fans and customers,” the Catholic Vote said. Stated.

CatholicVote goes on to say, “But we want to send the message to you Catholics and those who still hold to the basic moral tenets of civilized society that they are outsiders and are no longer welcome.” From NBA star Michael Jordan: “Catholics watch NFL games too.”


The NFL did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment for this article and has not yet responded to the letter, according to CatholicVote.