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Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker says Pride Month is an example of a ‘mortal sin’ during opening speech

Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker, speaking during a commencement speech at Benedictine College, discussed Pride Month, June events demonstrating inclusivity and support for the LGBTQ+ community, as an example of the “deadly sins” as he argued for more conservative policies. mark of Catholicism.

“Not the kind of deadly sins pride that an entire month is devoted to,” Butker said, “but the true God-centered pride that cooperates with the Holy Spirit to glorify Him.”

Butker spoke for more than 20 minutes with students at the Catholic school in Atchison, Kansas, saying he wanted the class to prevent political leaders from interfering in social issues that impact their relations with the Church.

Butker, 28, criticized an Associated Press article about the American Catholic Church, which detailed the institution’s shift “toward the old ways.” It highlights Benedictine rules that “seem to be precepts of a bygone era,” which include “volunteering for 3 a.m. prayers” and “prohibition of pornography, premarital sex and sunbathing in a swimsuit.

Butker said the story was an “attempt to berate and embarrass” places like Benedictine, and would be met with “pride” instead of “anger.”

Benedictine, a college with more than 2,100 full-time undergraduate students as of September 2022, describes itself as a liberal arts institution aimed at “the education of men and women within a community of faith and leadership”. Butker, who called on religious leaders “to stay in their lane and lead,” praised the Benedictines for embracing what he called traditional Catholic values.

“When you embrace tradition, success, worldly and spiritual, will follow,” Butker said.

In October 2014, the school ordered basketball player Jallen Messersmith to remove a pride flag from his dorm window.

Butker also used the speech to criticize President Joe Biden on several issues, including abortion and the coronavirus pandemic, and questioned Biden’s dedication to Catholicism. Butker also addressed gender ideologies and said that a woman’s most important title is “housewife.”

“It is you women who have told the most diabolical lies. Some of you may go on to successful careers in the world, but I would venture to guess that the majority of you are very excited about your marriage and the children you will bring into the world,” Butker said.

The Chiefs did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Although the NFL is not in season during Pride Month, the league participates in LGBTQ+ initiatives. On the Wednesday before Super Bowl LVIII, the NFL hosted a “Night of Pride” event in partnership with GLAAD, the LGBTQ+ advocacy organization. The Chiefs are one of the NFL teams offering a selection of rainbow-colored Pride apparel.

Kansas City is one of several North American cities hosting Pride events in June, led by the KC Pride Community Alliance.

Butker is a three-time Super Bowl champion with the Chiefs. He was a seventh-round draft pick in 2017 and made 33 of 35 field goals during the 2023 season.

(Photo: Chris Unger/Getty Images)

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