Skip to comments.Catholic NFL Star Declines Invitation to the White House Because of Obama Abortion Stance
Posted on 06/06/2013 4:26:44 PM PDT by NYer
Details from Sports Illustrated:
Retired Ravens center Matt Birk spoke out Thursday morning on Minnesotas KFAN about his reason for declining an invitation from President Barack Obama to be at the White House during the teams visit a day earlier.
Birk, a six-time Pro Bowler who was on the Ravens 2013 Super Bowl team, said he has great respect for the office of the Presidency but decided against going with the team on Wednesday as part of an annual NFL tradition for Super Bowl winners. Birk said he based his decision on a comment the president recently made in which he applauded Planned Parenthood, a leading health care provider of reproductive and sexual health:
I wasnt there. I would say this, I would say that I have great respect for the office of the Presidency but about five or six weeks ago, our president made a comment in a speech and he said, God bless Planned Parenthood’ Planned Parenthood performs about 330,000 abortions a year. I am Catholic, I am active in the Pro-Life movement and I just felt like I couldnt deal with that. I couldnt endorse that in any way Im very confused by [the President's] statement. For God to bless a place where theyre ending 330,000 lives a year? I just chose not to attend.
Doesn’t matter how you phrase it Matt. You are now on Obama’s enemies list.
Way to go Matt. We need more like you to speak up against this outrageous administration.
He can expect a series of IRS audits.
I’ve never been a Ravens fan, mostly because of Ray “Killer” Lewis, but I really respect you standing up and being counted Matt. There are Cardinals (Dolan) who don’t have that much courage and integrity!
God bless Matt Birk! We need more voices like this!
Not just talking the talk but walking the walk....
Hey, how about it, you lib dim CINOs?
This man will be in my rosary tonight. May God grant him peace, strength, and perseverance.
Wow! I’m a Steelers fan, but I’ll be cheering for this guy when he takes the field!
Matt Birk was a legend when he was here in Minnesota and is now one forever with me.
Man, as a diehard Colts fan I loathe Baltimore and their players on general principle...but this guy is a-ok in my book!
I LOVE this man!!!!
Plus he can expect to be attacked by the femme-nazi's at PP.
Retired Ravens center Matt Birk
God Bless You, Matt.
Good for you Matt! God is smiling :)
That’s one man with principles who won’t be found in this White House. If he went, he would be as lonely as the Maytag repairman.
You shouldn’t hate Baltimore, they didn’t sneak out of town with Mayflower moving vans like the Colts did.
LOL! OOPS! Thanks!
We have to get him to run against Al Franken for senate.
Thanks, Matt. You have the support of millions of Americans.
Cardinal Dolan would not approve.
Perhaps we can get him to come out of retirement, at least to do ESPN/Fox Sports/CBS Sports, etc. cameos and interviews!
I am sick of the diamond studded egotistical felons they usually inflict on the sports fans.
God bless Matt Birk!
The last sportsman I remember turning the WH championship invitation was the hockey goalie Tim Thomas, and I think he’s a great American also.
You’re right - Hogan Mayflower is an Indianapolis company. They would’ve used someone else when they snuck out of Cleveland...;)
Anyway, the dislike is more a response to the Charm City’s hatred of us than any outright hostility on our part. This year’s wild card round didn’t help, either...though I am relieved to see they’ve gotten measurably less stabby in the offseason.
Um he’s white. That means he’s racist.
Matt Birk is one of the good guys.
I am neither Catholic Nor a Football Fan, but this man is a REAL Hero!
It is very possible that he may be targeted for this, yet he stands by his Faith!
Kudos to Matt Birk!!!!
**our president made a comment in a speech and he said, God bless Planned Parenthood Planned Parenthood performs about 330,000 abortions a year. I am Catholic, I am active in the Pro-Life movement and I just felt like I couldnt deal with that. I couldnt endorse that in any way Im very confused by [the President’s] statement. For God to bless a place where theyre ending 330,000 lives a year? I just chose not to attend.**
God bless Matt Birk!
Why do you say that?
It makes me happy that there are still honorable men in this country!
Not a Cardinals fan either? :-)
When B.O. said, "God bless you" to those PP baby-killers, I believe it was one of the most despicable, loathsome things he has ever said.
"That's not woman, - it's a lizard, baby."
Exactly and we left Cleveland’s colors in Cleveland. The drunkard snook out in the middle of the night stealing our Colors.
She’s a bat-faced biotch!
Dolan: I’ll temporarily set aside my responsibilities as a Catholic leader if it earns me a big seat at the banquet. Ah hell, I’ll shirk my faith and morals too if it gets me an elbow rub with my Bamy Buddy.
Just having faith in GOD, as a Christian, and doing what is commanded of you puts you on Obama’s enemies list.
I never thought 40 years after Nixon I would even mentioned the words “enemies list”.
God Bless that Raven’s player!
We have no influence at “ESPN/Fox Sports/CBS Sports, etc” except to turn them off. You can bet they’ll have the homosexual basketball player though. That was a national story in every market even ones with no NBA.
Cardinal Dolan believes in hobnobbing with pro-aborts, getting one’s picture taken laughing one’s head off with pro-aborts, giving Communion to pro-aborts, etc.
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