New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has issued a response after controversy erupted over a video in which he encouraged children to bring their Bibles to school.
Brees made his original comments in a video supporting Bring Your Bible to School Day, an October event sponsored by the Christian organization Focus on the Family.
“Hey guys, Drew Brees here,” the 12-time Pro Bowler says in the video. “One of my favorite verses in the Bible is 2 Corinthians 5:7, ‘For we live by faith, not by sight,’ so I want to encourage you to live out your faith on Bring Your Bible to School Day, and share God’s love with friends. You’re not alone.”
It was a simple message from an NFL star who’s been outspoken about his faith over the years.
But some people were outraged that Brees would associate himself with Focus on the Family, a Christian group that believes in the biblical definition of marriage (i.e. one man and one woman).
It didn’t take long for an outrage mob to form.
“Drew Brees Records Video for Anti-LGBT Religious Organization,” read a Sept. 3 headline in a liberal publication called Big Easy magazine.
— Big Easy Magazine (@bigeasy_mag) September 3, 2019
He has been an advocate for anti-bullying with Ellen Degeneres.
So…we have a few questions. https://t.co/ddNMDbu2sc
— The Advocate (@TheAdvocateMag) September 4, 2019
And there goes all respect for @drewbrees. You know Focus on the Family is a bad group when chick-fil-no-gays distanced themselves from the anti-lgbtq bigots. #FTSaints now and forever.https://t.co/fXFc0mrurI
— Andrew Lessley (@themandrew95) September 4, 2019
Drew Brees and homophobia is trending because of a commercial with Focus on the Family which is an extreme Christian group involved in anti-abortion and anti-LGBTQ legislation. pic.twitter.com/hMbZrR52we
— looseedition (@looseedition) September 3, 2019
Drew Brees Created a PSA Video for an Anti-Gay Religious Cult That Believes in Conversion Therapy & Fights Against Any Anti-Discrimination Laws; Wants Kids to Bring Bible to School to Convert Other Kids (Vid) https://t.co/gywLbmzOfL pic.twitter.com/xDoxP4q3cr
— Robert Littal (@BSO) September 4, 2019
Focus on Family should be listed as a terrorist group for their agenda of wanting a theocracy. The evangelical rights dream that has too many of this type of organization behind it.
— sylvie (@sylvie79392086) September 3, 2019
Brees wasn’t pleased.
After all, the Christian athlete had simply encouraged children to bring their Bibles to school. Now, people were attacking him over a completely unrelated issue.
He made his thoughts clear in a video posted to social media on Thursday.
“Hopefully this sets the record straight with who I am and what I stand for. Love, Respect, and Accept ALL,” he wrote in the caption.
“I encourage you not to believe the negativity you read that says differently. It’s simply not true. Have a great day.”
Hopefully this sets the record straight with who I am and what I stand for. Love, Respect, and Accept ALL. I encourage you not to believe the negativity you read that says differently. It’s simply not true. Have a great day. pic.twitter.com/4RdTahE7EZ
— Drew Brees (@drewbrees) September 5, 2019
“There’s been a lot of negatively spread about me in the LGBTQ community recently,” he said in the video.
“I’d like to set the record straight. I live by two very simple Christian fundamentals. And that is, love the Lord with all your heart, mind and soul. And love your neighbor as yourself,” Brees said.
He went on to explain that he tries to treat everyone around him with love, no matter their race, color, religion, political views or sexual orientation.
“So, the fact that these rumors have been spread about me are completely untrue. What I did was I filmed a video recently that was encouraging kids to bring their Bibles to school for National Bring Your Bible to School Day,” Brees said.
“So, I’m not sure why the negativity spread or why people tried to rope me into certain negativity. I do not support any groups that discriminate or that have their own agendas that are trying to promote inequality,” he said.
Also Thursday, he expressed similar sentiments to reporters after practice.
The original video “was not promoting any group, certainly not promoting any group that is associated with that type of behavior,” he said, according to The Washington Post.
“I know that there are, unfortunately, Christian organizations out there that are involved in that kind of thing, and to me that is totally against what being Christian is all about. Being Christian is love. It’s forgiveness, it’s respecting all, it’s accepting all.”
In the end, this controversy isn’t about Focus on Family or their alleged “homophobia.”
It’s about a culture the left has cultivated where people love to get outraged over anything — and I mean anything.
It’s about a cancel culture that seeks to destroy people’s lives and careers simply because they live out their faith.
In a few days, the mob will pick up their pitchforks and move on to the next outrage — but not before they tried to destroy a good man’s reputation.
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