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Catholic NFL Star Declines Invitation to the White House Because of Obama Abortion Stance
The Deacon's Bench ^ | June 6, 2013 | Deacon Greg Kandra

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 Minnesota’s KFAN about his reason for declining an invitation from President Barack Obama to be at the White House during the team’s 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 wasn’t 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 couldn’t deal with that. I couldn’t endorse that in any way…I’m very confused by [the President's] statement. For God to bless a place where they’re ending 330,000 lives a year? I just chose not to attend.”



TOPICS: Catholic; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: mattbirk; nfl
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1 posted on 06/06/2013 4:26:44 PM PDT by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 06/06/2013 4:27:08 PM PDT by NYer ( "Run from places of sin as from the plague."--St John Climacus)
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To: NYer

Doesn’t matter how you phrase it Matt. You are now on Obama’s enemies list.


3 posted on 06/06/2013 4:29:59 PM PDT by rocksblues (The Obama administration the most unlawful, corrupt administration in US history.)
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To: NYer

Way to go Matt. We need more like you to speak up against this outrageous administration.


4 posted on 06/06/2013 4:32:19 PM PDT by From The Deer Stand
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To: rocksblues
Doesn’t matter how you phrase it Matt. You are now on Obama’s enemies list.

He can expect a series of IRS audits.

5 posted on 06/06/2013 4:36:59 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: NYer

Love it.


6 posted on 06/06/2013 4:37:46 PM PDT by sappy (criminaldems)
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To: NYer

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!


7 posted on 06/06/2013 4:46:54 PM PDT by 21st Century Crusader (August 26, 1191)
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To: NYer

God bless Matt Birk! We need more voices like this!


8 posted on 06/06/2013 4:47:51 PM PDT by FamiliarFace
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To: NYer

Excellent.....
Not just talking the talk but walking the walk....
Hey, how about it, you lib dim CINOs?


9 posted on 06/06/2013 4:48:43 PM PDT by matginzac
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To: NYer

This man will be in my rosary tonight. May God grant him peace, strength, and perseverance.


10 posted on 06/06/2013 4:53:11 PM PDT by surroundedbyblue (Why am I both pro-life & pro-gun? Because both positions defend the innocent and protect the weak.)
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To: NYer

Wow! I’m a Steelers fan, but I’ll be cheering for this guy when he takes the field!


11 posted on 06/06/2013 4:54:29 PM PDT by sneakers (Go Sheriff Joe!)
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To: NYer

Matt Birk was a legend when he was here in Minnesota and is now one forever with me.


12 posted on 06/06/2013 4:54:52 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Blather. Reince. Repeat.)
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To: NYer

Man, as a diehard Colts fan I loathe Baltimore and their players on general principle...but this guy is a-ok in my book!


13 posted on 06/06/2013 4:55:26 PM PDT by HoosierDammit (St. Vincent de Paul, pray for us!)
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To: NYer

I LOVE this man!!!!


14 posted on 06/06/2013 4:59:52 PM PDT by republicanbred (...and when I die I'll be republican dead.)
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To: PGR88
He can expect a series of IRS audits.

Plus he can expect to be attacked by the femme-nazi's at PP.

15 posted on 06/06/2013 5:00:13 PM PDT by rocksblues (The Obama administration the most unlawful, corrupt administration in US history.)
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To: sneakers

Retired Ravens center Matt Birk


16 posted on 06/06/2013 5:02:55 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ("To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"- Voltaire)
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To: NYer

God Bless You, Matt.


17 posted on 06/06/2013 5:03:02 PM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: NYer

Good for you Matt! God is smiling :)


18 posted on 06/06/2013 5:06:52 PM PDT by Gerish (Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death.)
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To: NYer

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.


19 posted on 06/06/2013 5:07:13 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: HoosierDammit

You shouldn’t hate Baltimore, they didn’t sneak out of town with Mayflower moving vans like the Colts did.


20 posted on 06/06/2013 5:08:22 PM PDT by Cyclone59 (Obama is like Ron Burgundy - he will read ANYTHING that is on the teleprompter)
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To: BwanaNdege

LOL! OOPS! Thanks!


21 posted on 06/06/2013 5:17:45 PM PDT by sneakers (Go Sheriff Joe!)
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To: NYer

BRAVO MATT!


22 posted on 06/06/2013 5:26:22 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: NYer

We have to get him to run against Al Franken for senate.


23 posted on 06/06/2013 5:27:58 PM PDT by Brimack34
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To: NYer

Thanks, Matt. You have the support of millions of Americans.


24 posted on 06/06/2013 5:29:55 PM PDT by windsorknot (We are Winston Smith)
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To: NYer

Cardinal Dolan would not approve.


25 posted on 06/06/2013 5:31:19 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan (If you're FOR sticking scissors in a female's neck and sucking out her brains, you are PRO-WOMAN!)
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To: sneakers

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.


26 posted on 06/06/2013 5:36:03 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ("To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"- Voltaire)
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To: NYer

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.


27 posted on 06/06/2013 5:44:28 PM PDT by Stingray51
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To: Cyclone59

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.


28 posted on 06/06/2013 5:46:55 PM PDT by HoosierDammit (St. Vincent de Paul, pray for us!)
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To: NYer

Um he’s white. That means he’s racist.


29 posted on 06/06/2013 5:53:49 PM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: NYer

Matt Birk is one of the good guys.


30 posted on 06/06/2013 5:55:33 PM PDT by Alaska Wolf (I)
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To: NYer

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!

Good man.


31 posted on 06/06/2013 5:56:52 PM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: NYer

Kudos to Matt Birk!!!!


32 posted on 06/06/2013 6:08:36 PM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: NYer
Barry: "Birk didn't show. You know what we need to do."

Jarrett: "Audit."

33 posted on 06/06/2013 6:22:33 PM PDT by Slyfox (Without the Right to Life, all other rights are meaningless.)
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To: Slyfox
Valeria Jarrett reminds me of some kind of an animal. I can't quite decide which varmint it is.
34 posted on 06/06/2013 6:25:51 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: NYer

**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 couldn’t deal with that. I couldn’t endorse that in any way…I’m very confused by [the President’s] statement. For God to bless a place where they’re ending 330,000 lives a year? I just chose not to attend.”**

God bless Matt Birk!


35 posted on 06/06/2013 6:30:56 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Arthur McGowan

Why do you say that?


36 posted on 06/06/2013 6:33:09 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: NYer

It makes me happy that there are still honorable men in this country!


37 posted on 06/06/2013 6:34:17 PM PDT by miserare
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To: Ditter

Lizard.


38 posted on 06/06/2013 6:35:04 PM PDT by miserare
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To: 21st Century Crusader
"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!"

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.

39 posted on 06/06/2013 6:35:38 PM PDT by Heart-Rest ( | www.ncregister.com | www.catholic.com | www.ewtn.com | www.newadvent.org |)
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To: FamiliarFace
"God bless Matt Birk! We need more voices like this! "

Amen!

40 posted on 06/06/2013 6:38:10 PM PDT by Heart-Rest ( | www.ncregister.com | www.catholic.com | www.ewtn.com | www.newadvent.org |)
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To: Ditter
>>"Valeria Jarrett reminds me of some kind of an animal. I can't quite decide which varmint it is."

"That's not woman, - it's a lizard, baby."

41 posted on 06/06/2013 6:38:33 PM PDT by Cyropaedia ("Virtue cannot separate itself from reality without becoming a principal of evil...".)
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To: Cyclone59

Exactly and we left Cleveland’s colors in Cleveland. The drunkard snook out in the middle of the night stealing our Colors.


42 posted on 06/06/2013 7:21:04 PM PDT by STJPII
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To: Ditter

She’s a bat-faced biotch!


43 posted on 06/06/2013 7:22:37 PM PDT by Batman11 (Obama is not American.. he has no clue what it is to be American.)
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To: NYer

My hero!


44 posted on 06/06/2013 8:18:29 PM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: Salvation

45 posted on 06/06/2013 8:26:09 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: steve86

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.


46 posted on 06/06/2013 8:30:19 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: rocksblues

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”.


47 posted on 06/07/2013 3:12:57 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: NYer

God Bless that Raven’s player!


48 posted on 06/07/2013 3:14:03 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: BwanaNdege

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.


49 posted on 06/07/2013 4:17:34 AM PDT by Varda
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To: Salvation

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.


50 posted on 06/07/2013 2:45:27 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan (If you're FOR sticking scissors in a female's neck and sucking out her brains, you are PRO-WOMAN!)
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