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Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey hasn’t held back in his criticism of the Kansas City mayor’s office after it revealed Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker’s personal information in a post on X.

The city’s official X account revealed the location of Butker’s residence in a now-deleted X post following the starkicker’s viral commencement speech at Benedictine University earlier this month (which Bailey said was clear “retaliation” from the left).

“Mr. Butker has been the target of discrimination because of his religion. Mr. Butker is a Catholic Christian who gave a commencement address at a Catholic university to an audience that supported his message. And that backlash was discriminatory against him,” Bailey said in an interview on FOX News Digital.

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Republican Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey and Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker (Getty Images)

“This is prophetic. If you actually listen to his opening statement, it shows that the left is silencing Christian voices, silencing Christian ideas, Christian ideals, expressing Christian beliefs from the public square. “You can see that they want to remove him from public life. And that’s exactly what the left did in retaliation for Harrison Butker’s free exercise of religion.”

Bailey argued that Butker is protected by the First Amendment and the Missouri Human Rights Act, and vowed to hold Kansas City officials, including Mayor Quinton Lucas, accountable for the social media posts.

“This is retaliation and bullying by government officials within the city of Kansas City,” Bailey said.

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Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas in his office at City Hall on October 20, 2022. (Emily Kriel/Kansas City Star/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

“We demand accountability from the Kansas City Mayor’s Office in connection with this social media account so we can better understand what control measures are in place to prevent this type of thing from happening again.” “We have requested certain documents such as, ‘Who has access to this account and what are the guidelines for what they are allowed to post to this account?'” he said.

Bailey added that the “woke left” is acting as its own religion, “worshiping itself” and “worshiping an ideology that is infinitely self-destructive.”

“Of course they are trying to eliminate competitors in the marketplace of ideas, and Christianity is a threat to their existence,” he said. “Christianity preaches the possibility of love and salvation through Christ, but the woke left rejects it, hates it, and wants more division, division, and prejudice against Christians. is what we are fighting for.”

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Harrison Butker at Super Bowl 58

Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker speaks to the media during opening night of Super Bowl LVIII on February 5, 2024 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Butker came under fire last week after giving a speech to graduating students at a Catholic liberal arts college in which he emphasized the importance of being “unapologetically Catholic.”

His speech included the following insults: President Biden For her pro-abortion stance and for supporting young women in the “vocation” of marriage and motherhood. He also called Pride Month a “mortal sin.”

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The media also spoke about Butker’s stance on faith and family. So is the NFL The NFL explicitly distanced itself from Butker, saying that “his views do not represent the views of the NFL as an organization,” but others have come to his defense, including various elected officials and conservative groups.

Fox News Digital has reached out to the Kansas City Mayor’s Office for comment.

Fox News’ Jasmine Bear contributed to this report.

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