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NFL Distances from Butker’s Christian Values, Questions League Stance

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  • Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker upheld Christian values and criticized President Joe Biden’s pro-abortion stance during a speech at Benedictine College.
  • The NFL distanced themselves from Butker’s sentiments, with NFL Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Jonathan Beane stating, “His views are not those of the NFL as an organization.”
  • The league’s contrasting response to Butker’s speech and Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest has raised questions about the NFL’s stance on personal values versus social justice initiatives.

Harrison Butker used his platform at Benedictine College’s graduation ceremony to uphold Christian principles, critique the current administration’s stance on abortion, and encourage men to maintain their masculinity. He further emphasized the importance of motherhood, asserting it as a paramount calling for women.

Now, a pronounced dissonance has erupted between Butker and the NFL, with the latter declaring a clear divergence from the former’s conservative Christian values.

Jonathan Beane, NFL Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, stated,
“Harrison Butker gave a speech in his personal capacity. His views are not those of the NFL as an organization. The NFL is steadfast in our commitment to inclusion, which only makes our league stronger.”

Apart from challenging the policy on abortion and the “cultural emasculation of men,” Butker voiced his criticism against the celebration of Pride Month, labeling it as emblematic of “deadly sins.” He roped in President Biden’s pro-abortion stance into his comments, stating,
“He has been so vocal in his support for the murder of innocent babies that I’m sure to many people it appears you can be both Catholic and pro-choice.”

The NFL’s open disapproval of Butker’s sentiments sets up a stark contrast from its handling of Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest. The league never publicly disagreed with Kaepernick’s comments.

Moreover, when Butker speaks on Christian values to a Christian audience at a Christian university, the league seemingly finds it necessary to dissociate themselves from his views.

In an unexpected twist, the NFL not only did not oppose Kaepernick’s views, but they adopted key points of his cause and established Inspire Change, a social justice initiative. This organization generously donates millions annually to groups advocating for defunding or completely abolishing the police force.

The NFL had a powerful reason to dissent from Kaepernick’s views, considering they were not only controversial but were also thrust upon their audience during a live game and via NFL facilities.

In contrast, Butker shared his views during his own time and at the behest of an audience that shared his beliefs. Ideally, the NFL should not have felt obligated to respond unless they felt the need to do so, which in this case, they did, and therein lies the problem.

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In conclusion, if the NFL intends to convey that their values align more closely with Colin Kaepernick and Black Lives Matter rather than Christian family men like Harrison Butker, they are managing to do so.

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21 Comments

21 Comments

  1. Carabec

    May 21, 2024 at 7:00 am

    The NFL has joined The Radical Left Democrat Party of Death Degradation and Deviancy! Butker’s Commencement Speech was meaningfully delivered,

    He expressed the Thoughts and Beliefs of Millions of Christian American People!

  2. burri8

    May 21, 2024 at 7:05 am

    The NFL is all about anti-religious beliefs and will tell you so. They are in the business of making money and they will show favoritism in anti-religion comments and anti-God remarks. They are trying to be aligned with whatever faction goes the way of the majority of people, so they think. There are a lot more Christians than who aren’t. May you all have a blessed day to include all NFL personnel.

  3. Charles

    May 21, 2024 at 7:06 am

    Christian values are where my money goes. Purchased plenty of NFL stuff in the past, looks like I am picking up a new hero.

  4. Wyatt Earp

    May 21, 2024 at 7:11 am

    Back under Pete Rozelle the NFL PUSH CHRISTIAN VALUE! But today it PUSHING HATE AND WOKE STUPIDITY! Owner need to REMOVER ROGER GOODELL! If they want a league that total BLACKS ONLY! AND A THUGS LEAGUE FOR DUMB BLACK PLAYER! Those who will be living under bridge one day or in prison! It heading that way! Change the name of the league to DUMB AND DUMBER FOOTBALL FOOLS!

  5. Patricia McDonough

    May 21, 2024 at 7:12 am

    It’s long overdue to really punish the NFL for their lack of support for Christians and conservatives.
    They will feel it in their purse if good Americans stop spending their hard earned money on an organization that despises us.

  6. Beverly Soltwedel

    May 21, 2024 at 7:33 am

    The NFL is a disgrace–I watched this young man’s speech and thought it was right on. The fact that the Roger Goodell and the NFL stand with the Woke community defines what the NFL really is. This young man should be applauded for his wonderful speech. I did not hear one thing wrong-he didn’t put anyone or anything down he just spoke about his thoughts on Life Liberty and the pursuit of happiness he and his wife share. NFL-Goodell you owe this young man a national TV apology–are you man enough to give it or are you willing to destroy the NFL. Stand for something or fall for anything and this WOKE Bull that is going around is destroying the USA. Right now the NFL is a disgrace. put a woman in–just how stupid can you be.

  7. Vicente Timiraos

    May 21, 2024 at 7:52 am

    The NFL Management shows to us FANs once again, that they have no “Backbone” to deal with difficult circumstances, – AKA NO BALLS!
    They feel comfortable in “going to bed with the WOKE THUGS”, than to listen to our TRUE America Values & our FAMILIES … It is in their DNAS!
    GOD BLESS AMERICA AND GOD BLESS HARRISSON BUKTER AND HIS BEAUTIFUL FAMILY.

  8. Denise

    May 21, 2024 at 8:14 am

    U just can’t fix stupid. NFL and their spokesmen will b held accountable , as will all these people who choose their woke /dei beliefs. No worries! They will answer to the Lord! ( I’d love to b there when they do and hear that conversation!) not good!

  9. pdwsage

    May 21, 2024 at 9:52 am

    Fans have had to put up with the wokeness attitude of the NFL during games, etc. Seems like the NFL can’t put up with views that oppose their own. And the NFL claims that they are being tolerant and inclusive? Hmmmmmm…. Thanks to Mr. Butker for having the courage to speak up!!

    • Rex

      May 21, 2024 at 5:48 pm

      I haven’t watched the nfl ( NON F___ED LEAGUE SINCE KAPERNICK’s antics regularily but when it sounds like it might be an actual real game than a farce

  10. pdwsage

    May 21, 2024 at 9:58 am

    This wokeness thing has been going on for a while in the NFL. Remember Tim Tebow? Great football talent and Heisman Trophy winner who could have had a milestone career, pushed out of the league in a subtle way because of his faith.

  11. Robert Oremland

    May 21, 2024 at 10:10 am

    The NFL needs to experience the same response as Budweiser, Disney, and Target have. Otherwise this idiocy will continue to fester.

  12. Clay Denny

    May 21, 2024 at 10:22 am

    When a young NFL player lay on the field unconscious and not breathing, he was surrounded by playing brothers on their knees in prayer for his recovery. Who were they praying to NFL? The football gods?

    • Anita

      May 21, 2024 at 2:22 pm

      Every one should stop supporting the NFL and stop buying the merchandise bed show them we stand behind our Faith; I have so much respect for this young man; he put no one down in his speech; just stated his private beliefs ; I was under the impression we still had freedom of speech; God Bless America and this young man and h it s family

  13. Ricky

    May 21, 2024 at 10:29 am

    Just another reason why I don’t watch pro-football.

  14. Rick

    May 21, 2024 at 2:34 pm

    Boycott the NFL

  15. Gary N Christie

    May 21, 2024 at 3:28 pm

    Well , I quit watching them for years , and I can do it again ! .

  16. Mary

    May 21, 2024 at 7:36 pm

    Why is the NFL even commenting or getting involved? Mr. Butker was not talking for the NFL or the Kansas City Chiefs – but as a private citizen as a devout Catholic speaking to a Catholic School.

    My stand is the NFL OWES MR. BUTKER AN APOLOGY and then they need to publicly state that they have no reason or need to comment or get involved with what a PRIVATE CITIZEN says on his own time outside of his work.

    God Bless you Mr. Butker!

  17. JOHN DUNN

    May 22, 2024 at 12:11 am

    NFL, is that National Fools League?

  18. Charles Griffin

    June 23, 2024 at 6:57 am

    I stopped watching all football including NCAA because of the stupidity of both leagues! I want to watch a sport not listen to some political bullshit that’s out to destroy this country! Take your lame ideology to another country and see where it gets you! Hopefully shot! Screw the NFL!

  19. Beverly Soltwedel

    June 24, 2024 at 3:55 pm

    The NFL has openly admitted to being WOKE-in other words stupidity at its best. This young man had and has every right to speak what he believes. I am sure he can get another job as a football player away from the WOKE NFL crap. The NFL has lost its game!! NIX NIX

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