Chiefs Kicker Delivers Graduation Speech at Benedictine College, Spreading Antisemitic Lies

In a controversial speech last weekend, Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker sparked outrage by urging the women of Benedictine College’s 2024 graduate class to prioritize their careers over traditional gender roles. However, amidst the backlash over his views on women and LGBTQ individuals, Butker also perpetuated an alarming piece of false information regarding legislation in Congress, which carries antisemitic undertones.

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In his commencement speech, Butker directly addressed the women, acknowledging the falsehoods they have been subjected to. He expressed his belief that while some may pursue successful careers, the majority are most eager about starting families and embracing motherhood.

Tom Brady, the three-time Super Bowl champion, shared a heartwarming anecdote about his wife, Isabelle, and her career aspirations. According to Brady, Isabelle never fulfilled her dream of having a career. However, when asked if she regrets her decision, she confidently laughs and says, “Hey, no.” This story highlights the importance of prioritizing personal happiness over societal expectations.

Patrick Butker, an NFL player, earns millions of dollars per year, so he doesn’t necessarily need a second income. Interestingly, during his commencement speech, Butker quoted Taylor Swift, who has achieved immense success and amassed a billion-dollar fortune without relying on a husband. It’s worth noting that Taylor Swift is currently dating Butker’s teammate, Travis Kelce, a tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs.

According to Butker, who is a devout Catholic, he expressed concerns about a recent bill passed by Congress. He stated that simply mentioning the Biblical teaching regarding who killed Jesus could potentially result in imprisonment.

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The Republican-led House of Representatives recently passed a bill that poses a potential threat to federal funding for colleges and universities. The bill aims to curb antisemitic speech on campuses, but it has sparked controversy due to concerns that it may restrict criticism of Israel. Interestingly, the legislation also specifically targets “claims of Jews killing Jesus.”

Some conservative lawmakers have expressed opposition to the bill, stating that it could potentially criminalize the long-standing antisemitic belief that Jews were responsible for the death of Jesus. However, it is important to note that the bill does not propose imprisonment for individuals holding such beliefs. Instead, it aims to withhold funding from universities that fail to adequately address incidents of discrimination and hate speech. It is worth mentioning that the bill has not yet been voted on in the Senate.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) expressed her opposition to the legislation, explaining that she believes it could potentially lead to the conviction of Christians for antisemitism, particularly in relation to the Gospel’s depiction of Jesus being handed over to Herod by the Jews for crucifixion. Similarly, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) argued that the bill’s terms could classify the Gospel itself as antisemitic.

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These statements misinterpret Catholic doctrine. Although the Biblical gospels mention that Jesus was brought before the Jewish leadership of Judea for judgment, it was the Roman Governor Pontius Pilate who ultimately condemned him to death. Throughout history, attributing the blame for Jesus’ death to Jews has been used as a means of promoting antisemitism and unfairly targeting Jewish communities.

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In 2011, Pope Benedict XVI, the former leader of the Catholic Church, stated that there is no scriptural basis for holding Jews collectively guilty for the death of Jesus. He emphasized that the early followers of the Catholic faith were, in fact, Jewish themselves.

In his speech at Benedictine College, Butker highlighted the connection between various societal issues and the prevalence of disorder. He expressed his concern about practices such as abortion, IVF, surrogacy, euthanasia, and the promotion of degenerative cultural values in the media. Butker specifically criticized Joe Biden for his pro-choice stance, pointing out the contradiction between the President proclaiming his Catholic faith and participating in a pro-abortion rally by making the sign of the cross.

Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker has once again entered the abortion debate, delivering a speech on the topic. This is not Butker’s first involvement in the controversy, as he had previously appeared in a TV ad campaign in 2022. The campaign aimed to support a Kansas ballot measure that sought to eliminate constitutional protections for abortion, enabling lawmakers to enact a ban on the procedure.

In the advertisement, Butker introduced himself as the kicker for the Kansas City Chiefs. He emphasized that the amendment would empower Kansas to make decisions regarding abortion, rather than leaving it in the hands of judges and politicians in Washington, D.C.

The dark money group CatholicVote Civic Action funded the ad campaign, which was in turn backed by the dark money network led by Leonard Leo. Leo, who is known for his role in overturning Roe v. Wade and enabling states to ban abortion, is the architect behind the conservative Supreme Court supermajority.

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In an interesting twist of fate, Leo delivered Benedictine College’s commencement speech last year, delivering a speech with a similar right-wing perspective. He cautioned against the presence of “modern-day barbarians, secularists, and bigots” who are resolute in their efforts to intimidate and undermine those who refuse to conform to the prevailing woke ideologies of our time.

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