A massive petition aims to have Harrison Butker sacked over his graduation speech, but some are hailing him as a hero

A massive petition aims to have Harrison Butker sacked over his graduation speech, but some are hailing him as a hero

Harrison Butker, the star kicker for the Kansas City Chiefs, has sparked both buzz and excitement with his now-viral commencement speech at Benedictine College, with critics and supporters taking to social media to roil.

First, let's start with the shocking result that led to Butker's firing from the Chiefs.

“Harrison Butker’s harmful comments…were unacceptable,” the Change.org petition in question states. “His comments were sexist, homophobic, transphobic, anti-abortion and racist.”

The text continues: “These dehumanizing statements against LGBTQ+ people, attacks on abortion rights and racial discrimination perpetuate division and undermine human rights.”

The petition, which has so far garnered over 176,000 signatures, goes on to say that Butker's comments have “reinforced harmful stereotypes that threaten social progress” and “created a toxic environment that undermines our collective efforts toward equality, diversity and inclusion in society.” disabled”.

As CBN News previously reported, Butker barely held back on Saturday as he delivered the opening statement amid such consternation.

Butker accused President Joe Biden of loudly supporting the “murder” of the unborn and also complained about “dangerous gender ideologies,” among other things. He also emphasized the disconnect he sees between Biden's stated Catholic faith and his pro-choice leanings.

“Bad policies and poor leadership have negatively impacted major life issues,” Butker said. “Things like abortion, IVF, surrogacy, euthanasia, as well as growing support for degenerate cultural values ​​in the media, are all due to the pervasive disorder.”

Watch the speech in full:

But he wasn't finished there and made it clear that he believes the commander-in-chief's statements and actions violate the Catholic faith.

“Our own nation is led by a man who publicly and proudly proclaims his Catholic faith, but at the same time is delusional enough to make the sign of the cross during a pro-abortion rally,” Butker said, referring to a recent rally Biden attended viral because he did exactly that.

He continued: “He has been so vocal in his support of the murder of innocent babies that I'm sure to many people it seems like you can be both Catholic and pro-choice.”

Other comments also seemed to anger his biggest critics, particularly statements aimed at female graduates.

“To the ladies in attendance today: congratulations on this amazing achievement,” Butker said. “You should

Be proud of everything you have accomplished so far in your young life.”

He continued:

“I would like to address you directly for a moment because I think that you, the women, have been told the most diabolical lies. How many of you are sitting here now, about to cross this stage, thinking about all the promotions and titles that await you throughout your career? Some of you may go on to have successful careers in the world, but I would venture to guess that the majority of you are most looking forward to your marriage and the children you will bring into this world. I can tell you that my beautiful wife Isabelle would be the first to say that her life truly began when she began living her calling as a wife and mother. I stand on this stage today and can be the man I am because I have a wife who is dedicated to her calling.”

These were just a few of the statements that sparked both controversy and support. Among the mixed reactions, the Change.org petition seems to be getting the most attention.

Text in the petition alleges that comments like Butker's can contribute to hate crimes and increased mental health problems in “targeted communities.” Those behind the petition are calling for “accountability” from role models like Butker.

“We call on Kansas City Chiefs management to immediately fire Harrison Butker for his inappropriate behavior,” the text reads, encouraging people to stand up against “discrimination.”

The chaos surrounding the opening statement reached such a pitch this week that the National Football League (NFL) issued a statement distancing itself from Butker's views.

“Harrison Butker spoke in his personal capacity,” Jonathan Beane, NFL senior vice president and chief diversity and inclusion officer, said in a statement. “His views do not align with those of the NFL as an organization.”

Beane continued, “The NFL has an unwavering commitment to inclusion, which only makes our league stronger.”

But while Butker's comments have sparked massive petitioning and frustration from some, others, like legendary coach Lou Holtz, are defending him – and even praising him.

“Thank you… for standing strong in your faith values,” Hiltz wrote in a message to Butker. “Your commencement speech at Benedictine College showed courage and conviction, and I admire that. Don’t give in.”

The legendary coach also shared a link to a separate website where fans can express their appreciation and thanks to Butker for sharing his perspective.

“With courage and clarity, Butker championed the timeless virtues of family, faith and the sanctity of life,” the proclamation said. “His bold proclamation of a pro-family, pro-God and pro-life worldview resonated widely and reminded us of the enduring strength of our core beliefs.”

Check out this statement here.

Here are some of the other answers from those who agreed with Butker's comments:

Gracie Hunt, daughter of Chiefs owner Clark Hunt, defended Butker in an interview with Fox News on Friday, saying she respects the player for “his Christian faith and what he has accomplished on and off the field.”

“I can only speak from personal experience, which is that I had an incredible mother who was able to stay home and be with us as a child,” Hunt said. “And I understand that there are a lot of women out there who can't make that decision, but I know that it's been really formative for me in my life, making me and my siblings who we are.”

We will continue to report on the story as it unfolds.

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