Six-Time Pro Bowler Matt Birk Skips White House Visit Because of His Catholic Beliefs

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Matt Birk is more than a famous football player. He is also a devout Catholic and the father of six children. When the Ravens visited the White House recently, they did it without Matt.

“I have great respect for the … presidency … but our President made a comment in a speech … he said ‘God bless Planned Parenthood.’

“Planned Parenthood performs about 300,000 abortions a year. I couldn’t endorse that in any way. I’m very confused by (the) statement. For God to bless a place where they’re ending 300,000 lives a year? I chose not to attend.”

President Obama made the speech Mr Birk is referring to at the National Planned Parenthood Conference in April. He said, “Thank you Planned Parenthood. God bless you. God bless America.”

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Mr Birk’s decision to forgo this White House function was a big one for him personally, I’m sure. Not only did he miss on the chance to be honored by the president for his super bowl win, he also had to step away from his teammates to do it. It is never easy to step out of line alone. 

But he put Jesus first. He put the lives of 300,000 murdered children first.

We all need to start doing this kind of thing. Just like Roy Costner IV who refused to censor his valedictorian address by removing all references to his faith, each of us needs to stop going along to get along when it concerns our faith. We do not have to condemn others or attack them in any way. We just need to stop letting them back us down and force us to deny Jesus by going silent. 

President Obama said, “God bless America.”

I say God bless Matt Birk, Roy Costner and every other Christian who will stand for Christ. 

800px Matt Birk Ravens Training Camp August 5 2009

  • tedseeber

    And this, is precisely what the secularists are most afraid of- having to listen to somebody else.

  • http://mywordwall.wordpress.com/ Imelda

    He’s a hero and a man of integrity. I admire him for choosing to lose some earthly accolades for God’s greater glory and reward. May there be more men like him. :-)

  • Patrick Rhody

    God Bless Matt Birk for putting Christ first in his life!

  • pagansister

    His prerogative.

  • Bill S

    It’s not the first time this has happened. Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins did it because of other political reasons when they won the Stanley Cup in 2011 and which I hope they win again.

  • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

    Kudos to him and God bless. What a fine young man.


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