• More Leftist Hysteria: NFL QB Makes a Pro-Bible Video for Pro-Marriage Group!

    Surge Summary: New Orleans Saints’ QB Drew Brees endorses the Bible in a recent video produced by the pro-family Christian group Focus on the Family — and hostile controversy breaks out from the forces of the secularist Left. 

    Boy, Secular Progressives are a fragile bunch, aren’t they? If they’re not melting down over pro-traditional marriage restaurant chain Chick-fil A, they’re in a snit over a sports superstar’s daring to align himself with a group that boosts traditional marriage …

    Faithwire’s Lindsay Elizabeth reports:

    Drew Brees recently partnered with Focus on the Family to promote ‘Bring Your Bible to School Day,’ appearing in a video in which he encouraged children to participate in the event October 3.

    The star New Orleans Saints quarterback immediately received push-back from left-leaning media outlets, ridiculing him for aligning with Focus on the Family, which is a socially conservative organization that believes in traditional marriage.

    The ‘Bring Your Bible to School Day’ event has been around for a few years, occurring annually since 2014. Its goal is to motivate students to “celebrate religious freedom and share God’s love with their friends.”

    Brees’ twenty-two second video followed suit, encouraging young people to join thousands of others and bring their Bibles to school.

    “Hey guys,” Brees 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.”

    Brees’ announcement has received flak from left-leaning publications who are ripping the forty-year-old QB for working with the conservative pro-family, pro-traditional marriage Christian organization.

    Newsweek wrote an article titled: “Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints Quarterback, Records Video Produced by Anti-Gay Group Focus on the Family.”

    Out Magazine wrote another titled, “NFL Quarterback Appears in Commercial for Anti-Gay Extremists,” and Big Easy Magazine wrote, “Drew Brees Records Video for Anti-LGBT Religious Organization.”

    The commentaries labeled Focus on the Family an anti-LGBT group.

    (Pssst: they don’t sound especially “easy” to me …)

    “Focus on the Family supports and promotes the practice of ‘conversion therapy,’ which uses a combination of shaming, emotionally manipulative and traumatic stimuli, and physically painful stimuli in order to ‘cure’ LGBTQ+ people of their sexual orientation,” Jenn Bentley of Big Easy Magazine wrote.

    Focus on the Family’s view? They support belief in biblical marriage – you know, matrimony as defined and acknowledged by most civilizations for, oh, five or so millennia; it is to be between a husband and wife.

    “Many people with same-sex attractions choose not to identify as homosexual, lesbian, gay or bisexual. Instead, their primary identification comes from their faith in Jesus Christ,” the Focus on the Family website details. “They identify as Christians, followers of Jesus and God’s children. And they choose to live according to biblical truths and values, reserving sexual expression for marriage between a man and a woman.”

    “We understand that this may be a difficult struggle, requiring help and assistance from other Christians,” the website adds.

    Big Easy Magazine kept the Twitter attack going, urging followers to use the hashtag “SaintsDontHate” in order to bring more attention to Brees’ involvement with the group.

    Jim Daly, Focus on the Family President, expressed his gratitude to Brees for promoting the event.

    “We have deep respect for New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and appreciate him encouraging students to ‘live out’ [their] faith on ‘Bring Your Bible to School Day’ and share God’s love with friends,” Daly said [in a statement to the Christian Post.]

    Liz Henderson and Ellie Mulder update: In an ESPN interview Thursday, Brees responded to the critics:

    “The only thing I was promoting was encouraging kids to bring their Bibles to school on national ‘Bring Your Bible to School Day,’ to live out your faith with confidence, and I gave my favorite Bible verse.”

    Thursday afternoon Brees posted a video statement which went on to collect upwards of 125,000 views and hundreds of comments.

    “I’d like to set the record straight,” he says in the video. “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. … What does that mean to me? That means love all, respect all and accept all.”

    Focus on the Family’s Daly issued his own statement later Thursday, thanking Brees for supporting “Bring Your Bible to School Day” and calling out the media assaults on him as “mean-spirited.”

    “We appreciate Drew Brees’ ongoing support for Focus on the Family’s “Bring Your Bible to School Day,” Daly said.

    “It’s unfortunate that mean-spirited antagonists have attempted to draw attention away from this event by mischaracterizing the beliefs and positions of our organization. Like Scripture teaches and Drew Brees referenced, as Christians, we believe we’re called to love God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our mind — and love your neighbor as yourself.”

    Daly went on to deplore critics’ efforts to silence those with whom they disagree:

    “In a pluralistic nation, we all have a seat at the table. But for pluralism to work and our nation to thrive, we must respect one another’s differing perspectives, especially deeply held religious beliefs. Why do some want to muzzle those of us who espouse convictional values that are rooted in the Bible? Why do those who feel as though they have been bullied now bully those with whom they disagree?” [Source: Liz Henderson and Ellie Mulder/The Gazette]

    Daly, of course, is right on, as was Brees in promoting the wisdom of God’s Word.

    I do wish the Super Bowl-winning quarterback hadn’t sounded quite so defensive or apologetic in his clarification. He says he wants to live by the Jewish/Christian Scriptures. That source celebrates husband/wife marriage and condemns homosexual activity. It’s that simple. Those who take issue with that viewpoint ultimately have a conflict not with Drew Brees or Focus on the Family, but with the One they profess they serve.

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    Image: Adapted from: By Keith Allison – Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=45032754

     

     


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