canada africa partner reservation Harrison Butker’s now (in)famous speech: overly unwarranted negative reaction, but I personally didn’t like it

Harrison Butker’s now (in)famous speech: overly unwarranted negative reaction, but I personally didn’t like it


Sunday, May 11 NFL Kansas City Chief placekicker Harrison Butker delivered the commencement address at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas; Some of his comments relevant to the ensuing controversy follow below.

“To the ladies present today: congratulations on a great achievement. You should be proud of everything you have achieved so far in your young life. I want to speak directly to you briefly because I think you, the women, have heard the most devilish lies against you. How many of you are sitting here right now about to cross this stage and thinking about all the promotions and titles you’re going to get in your career? Some of you may go on to have successful careers in the world, but I would hazard a guess that the majority of you are most excited about your marriage and the children you will bring into this world…

“…I have been extremely blessed with the many talents God has given me, but it cannot be overstated that all of my success is made possible because a girl I met in band class in high school would convert to the faith and my wife would become , and embrace one of the most important titles of all: she is an elementary school teacher for our children. She is the one who ensures that football or my business never becomes a distraction from that of my husband and father. She is the person who knows me best at my core, and it is through our marriage that, Lord willing, we will both achieve salvation.”

Vatzian responses:

  1. Benedictine College is a private liberal arts college in Kansas; his comments were appropriate for his audience, who loved them.
  2. The official response from the NFL was as follows: “Harrison Butker made a speech in his personal capacity. His views are not those of the NFL as an organization. The NFL is steadfast in our commitment to inclusivity, which only makes our league stronger.”

The NFL statement was unnecessary and inappropriate…are they going to think about every speech made by their staff? There was nothing offensive about Butker’s comments. He didn’t say women shouldn’t work. If someone says in a speech that some men should stay home and take care of their children – which is perfectly acceptable to some – should the speaker’s employer throw out the speech?

Personally, I wouldn’t want my son or daughter to be told by their college speaker that their best role would be as a homemaker. Most schools wouldn’t want such a speaker, but unsurprisingly Benedictine College does. That is their right. It’s not my choice, it’s theirs, and the speech does not justify the hostility and anger it has generated.

Read Harrison Butker’s speech here.