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Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker has received some strong criticism after he delivered quite a controversial commencement address at a Catholic college in Kansas in which he criticized transgender people, mocked LGBTQ Pride month, and suggested that the “most important” role for women is a homemaker, among other things. And it’s pretty clear he won’t be apologizing for those comments.

During during another speech at a Regina Caeli Academy event in Nashville, Tennessee on Friday night, Harrison Butker doubled down on his words, refusing to apologize or back down.

“Over the past few days my beliefs, or what people think I believe, have been the focus of countless discussions around the globe,” Butker said. “At the outset, many people expressed a shocking level of hate. But as the days went on even those who disagreed with my viewpoints shared their support for my freedom of religion.

“As to be expected, the more I’ve talked about what I value most, which is my Catholic faith, the more polarizing I have become.”

Butker made it clear that he did “not regret at all” anything that he said in his speech because he was trying to please Jesus, not people.

“I can’t help but tremble at the thought of the courage many saints have shown in their lives. Would I be so bold if the repercussion was what Daniel faced in being fed to lions,” Butker said. “In reality, any courage I have shown will lead to some small suffering, and it will lead to some people never liking me.

“If I constantly remind myself of the hardships the saints went through, especially the martyrs and their persecution, it makes it all seem not so bad. For if heaven is our goal, we should embrace our cross however large or small it maybe and live our life in joy to be a bold witness for Christ.”

Needless to say, he is sticking to his beliefs and his words, no matter how controversial.

[The Daily Wire]