Harrison Butker doubles down on faith-based views ahead of KC Chiefs’ visit to Biden WH

The Biden administration has invited all members of the Kansas City Chiefs to visit the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl victory.

This includes kicker Harrison Butker, who recently went viral for delivering a commencement address in which he slammed President Joe Biden and other Catholic leaders for “pushing dangerous gender ideologies onto the youth of America.”

“We invite the team. It’s an invitation that goes to the team. And so, it’s up to the team who comes and who doesn’t come. That’s the way it usually works,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said when recently asked whether Butker is also invited.

This invitation comes despite Butker doubling, tripling, and quadrupling down on everything he’d said during the commencement address.

Speaking at the “Courage Under Fire” gala in Nashville this Friday in support of the Regina Coeli Academy (RCA), of which he’s a board member, Butker said he won’t back down despite the “shocking level of hate” he’s encountered since delivering the commencement address.

“The theme of tonight’s gala — Courage Under Fire — was decided many months ago, but it now feels providential that this would be the theme after what we have all witnessed these past few weeks,” he said, according to The Christian Post. “If it wasn’t clear that the timeless Catholic values are hated by many, it is now.”

“In my seven years in the NFL, I have become familiar with the positive and negative comments. But the majority of them revolved around my performance on the field. But as to be expected, the more I’ve talked about what I value most, which is my Catholic faith, the more polarizing I’ve become,” he added.

But, Butker continued, he remains committed to “glorifying God” and his teachings, regardless of what critics have to say about it.

“It’s a decision I’ve consciously made and one I do not regret at all,” he asserted. “If we have truth and charity, we should trust in the Lord’s providence and let the holy ghost do the rest of the work. Our love for Jesus, and thus our desire to speak out, can never be outweighed by the longing for our fallen nature to be loved by the world.”

“Glorifying God and not ourselves should always remain our motivation despite any pushback or even support. I lean on those closest to me for guidance. But I can never forget that it is not people but Jesus Christ who I am trying to please,” he added.

He continued by saying that he’s been “humbled” by all the support he’s received but stressing that the backlash he’s endured can’t compare to the “courage many saints have shown in their lives.”

“If I constantly remind myself of the hardships the saints went through, especially the martyrs in their persecution, it makes it all seem not so bad,” he said. “For if Heaven is our goal, we should embrace our cross, however large or small it may be, and live our life with joy to be a bold witness to Christ.”

“My hope is tonight’s theme and RCA’s mission will embolden others that many more will be unapologetic of their Catholic faith and never be afraid to speak out for truth, even when it goes against the loudest voices. In the end, being courageous starts with the small things. Being disliked and mischaracterized by some is nothing compared to finding yourself in a lion’s den,” he concluded.

His most recent remarks have again inspired criticism from Christian haters but also massive support from his fellow Christians.

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Vivek Saxena

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