Matt Birk refused White House trip because President Obama is pro-choice

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Birk is Catholic and believes abortion is tantamount to "ending lives."
Yesterday, the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens took the standard trip to the White House to meet, greet, and pose for a photo with President Obama.

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But the starting center on that team -- St. Paul native and longtime Viking Matt Birk, who announced his retirement after the season -- refused to attend. The reason? A comment Obama made in support of Planned Parenthood during an April speech.

Here's what Obama said:
"As long as we've got to fight to make sure women have access to quality, affordable health care, and as long as we've got to fight to protect a woman's right to make her own choices about her own health, I want you to know that you've also got a president who's going to be right there with you, fighting every step of the way. Thank you, Planned Parenthood. God bless you."
During an appearance on KFAN this morning, Birk said he has "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.'" (As Sean Olsen notes in this comment, some think Birk is actually misinterpreting Obama.)

"Planned Parenthood performs about 330,000 abortions a year," Birk continued. "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."

"For God to bless a place where they're ending 330,000 lives a year? I just chose not to attend," he said.

Birk, of course, also generated ripples last fall when he emerged as the anti-Chris Kluwe and said, "Not all NFL players think redefining marriage is a good thing."

It gets us thinking -- the MNGOP could sure use a fresh face to run against Al Franken or Mark Dayton next year, and as a Harvard graduate with lots of name recognition and deep local roots, Birk sure seems like a promising political prospect, doesn't he?

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Kent Klinger
Kent Klinger

I know you are but what am I ? Right Kathi ? Is that it ? Pathetic, and why don't you learn how to spell your name like normal people ? Boy that is PATHETIC.

Alvin Mitchell
Alvin Mitchell

the pope isn't outraged, why should a devote catholic be?

seantolsen
seantolsen

It's probably worth pointing out that Obama didn't actually say "God bless Planned Parenthood".  He closed his speech by saying "Thank you, Planned Parenthood." then added the now-rote "God bless you and God bless America."

gcsecsi
gcsecsi

Agreeing to meet with Obama would only justify Obama's belief that it's just fine to murder the unborn.  It would be the same as meeting with Castro or Kim Jong Il who like Obama enjoy destroying freedoms and oppressing the citizenry.  It's nice to see there is still people like Matt put their morals first and do not care to cowl down to a two bit dictator.

josh019
josh019

First Off - Birk said no to the white house not because Obama is pro choice, but because he said "God Bless Planned Parenthood." I think there s definitly a destinction there.

I guess I dont understand how people can be so militantly pro-choice.  I am not a christian or a republican but I do wonder why people view the termination of unwanted pregnancies as a right.  I am all for abortions as a medical procedure in the cases of  incest, rape or danger to the mother.  But there are far too many people out there willing to adopt.  Millitan pro-choice comes from progenitors of eugenics - hands down... Like Margarete Sanger who said "Black People are like weeds that we need pluck out of society".


Still, If I were Birk I would have done the respectful thing and went to the white house and shook the president's hand.

Oscar
Oscar

I dont care it Obama eats unborn baby fetuses for breakfast. Out of respect you shake the presidents hand.

Doug Farone
Doug Farone

Really Matt! you are just another sheep!

Kathi Malone
Kathi Malone

Kent you are pathetic Glad I don't know you in person

Kent Klinger
Kent Klinger

AHAAHAA the Godless left. What a bunch of pathetic spoiled brats.

David Lloyd
David Lloyd

The more I learn about Matt Birk the more I think he's nothing more than a colossal tool. Stay in Baltimore Matt. Please don't come come back to Minnesota.

Keira Kleen
Keira Kleen

What's the difference ? Obama Sluts get free Tax payer funded Abortions so they can live their dirty little lives with no repercussions and not have to answer to anyone.

Pinko Thinker
Pinko Thinker

o wait, that's right, i almost forgot that who gives a shit what football players say. ever. about anything.

Melissa Chelberg
Melissa Chelberg

Men who say they are anti choice love to use religion as an excuse. Trust me, it has nothing to do with morals or Jesus, these types of men just want to tell women what they can and cannot do with their who-haas and everything else for that matter. To them we are property. I agree with Damon, it's his decision and he should be happy he has it. I wonder how he would feel if he were forced to endure the white house for nine months.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@Rich Rudin he missed visiting the white house... he is anti american ----DRONE HIM

PrairiePrayerPartner
PrairiePrayerPartner

Yeah; and Japan didn't exactly declare war on the US before Pearl Harbor.

atrupar
atrupar moderator

@seantolsen Good point Sean. I've gone back and linked to your comment in the blog post.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@gcsecsi Nice try troll.  Obama passed Obamacare which gives health insurance to millions of people without health insurance.  It will save millions of lives and improve the quality of life of every person in the United States.  Evil bigot scum like you who hide behind the Bible are pathetic.  Mathew 19:21 bitch.  Why aren't you living it if you are such a holy man.   You just prove you have a false phony faith.  Jesus would be ashamed of what a loser bigot you are.  

Onan
Onan

@gcsecsi - (He has cast his line. Let's see if anyone bites)

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@josh019 That would be because we don't believe the government should make the choice - the woman should.

Onan
Onan

@Kent Klinger - We'll consider the source.

ShaniquaTK
ShaniquaTK

@Jim Creston Poet And your parents breed people like you. Morons produce morons.

ajlalk3
ajlalk3 topcommenter

@Keny Kleen You are a colossal moron.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@Melissa Mellie Chelberg Exactly - you make a good point. And you see how these extremists like Kenny X respond - with insults and name-calling. Having the government control a woman's body clashes so much with their usual anti-big-government ranting that they are reduced to sputtering fools with no rational argument. People like Kenny X are cowards and bullies.

ShaniquaTK
ShaniquaTK

@Melissa Mellie Chelberg Invalid argument. I know atheists who are pro lifeL men and women.  Besides, more men are pro choice in America than women....shock!! Looks like you don't have to worry about ever getting pregnant though!

gcsecsi
gcsecsi

@digitalprotocol @gcsecsi Just reality,  one day you'll understand it, but then again some people never get it, even after they have been stripped of everything, hope you like Obamacare, it's going to be free, right?

josh019
josh019

@MNjoeWe dont get the choice to kill our children once their born should we have that right to choose? Again this idea that it is a choice to kill your unborn baby because you didnt mean to get pregnant ( I mean all you did was fuck right) just blows me away. It is such an anti-human concept - I suppose you think its ok because of world overpopulation too?

kennyX
kennyX

@MNjoe Oh, I have no problem with a woman's right to have an abortion. Whatever repercussions she faces is between her and the God that she believes in. I could fucking care less. It is none of my business. But when PP uses MY tax dollars to be used for abortions (and spare me the bullshit that PP uses zero tax dollars to perform abortions--that is just one more lie the Liberal media feeds you), it BECOMES my business when birth control is a far cheaper solution to abortions. How much does a "Morning After" pill or a condom cost compared to an abortion? Bottom line: If you want to fuck and suck, but do not want a baby to be the result, then use fucking birth control. It's all about responsibility. But of course, that word is Taboo in the Liberal mindset. Make a mistake? Have someone ELSE pay for it.

kennyX
kennyX

@gcsecsi

Welcome to the New America. Whether you like it or not, Liberals are the majority now. And with granting amnesty to illegal aliens, the continuation of class and race warfare, the continued growth of the Nanny/Welfare state, the promotion of wealth redistribution  not to mention the Liberal media who promotes this agenda, they will be in power for a long, long, time. Bitching and whining about it is fruitless. And Obama is only a small player in this game. He will be out of office in 3 1/2 years. There are far more powerful people and organizations behind this agenda and people like you and I are powerless against this machine. So just bend over and pretend to enjoy it. 

gcsecsi
gcsecsi

@digitalprotocol @gcsecsi oh, and thanks, for what? Destroying our healthcare system, trampling on our constitution and our freedoms, allowing four brave Americans to die, having the IRS harassing American citizens, lies, lies, more lies and cover up?  Funny how when it comes to scandals, he never knows anything, but yet he promotes the one that did his lying and now she can no longer be questioned, how convenient?

gcsecsi
gcsecsi

@digitalprotocol @gcsecsi how about the rights of the unborn baby living his mothers womb?  interesting parallel between fetuses and cancer?  Sorry, that one flew over.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@gcsecsi what are you even talking about. Obama is a nice scapegoat - easy for people to say "thanks obama" 

 you dont know shit about shit

not agreeing to join his TEAM for a trip to the WHite House is shameflul 

we are humans and have pesonal choices - if you want to eliminate a foriegn object in your body, seems like you should be able to.

interesting parallel beteween fetuses and cancer

PrairiePrayerPartner
PrairiePrayerPartner

Actually it really doesn't matter what I...or you...think.  What does matter is what the God of the Universe thinks.  Sin can't be justified under the banner of "free choice".  Even from a secular standpoing, assuming this will trigger the usual conception vs. viable debate as to personhood...When is the last time anyone you knew was invited to a Fetus Shower.   Always a BABY shower, right?

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@josh019 @MNjoe "Born" being the key word there. It is not a baby until it is born; it is a fetus. We have rules as to how far along in that fetus' development an abortion can take place. Generally, unless there is some strange exception, an abortion is done in the first trimester. And yes, I think the woman whose body will be affected should be the sole decider in this matter - not you, not me, and certainly not the government. Don't like abortions? Don't have one. And yes, the world is very over-populated and we are are already running into some big problems because of it. Thankfully, my time here will be up before it really gets ugly.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@MNjoe didnt jesus fuck hookers tho? didnt he frequent whore houses?

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@digitalprotocol @MNjoe Nah, just some anecdotes about him never getting married, hanging out with a bunch of other guys and NEVER EVER saying anything about homosexuality. (Read the bible sometime and check it out...)

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@MNjoe do you have any biblical passages to cite regarding Jesus and his "apostles"


bath house stuff maybe?

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@ShaniquaTK how can i answer such a loaded question. 

if god exists ... where is the proof?

ive been to the zoo, ive seen dinosaur bones. never seen or heard about anything god being real other than if he is he is gay

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@kennyX @MNjoe What the fuck do you mean 'You can't blame Bush on that one? Are you a mental patient? No need to answer, your posts show how seriously disturbed you actually are. Bush was the fucking Commander in Chief and he and Cheney lied to everyone about the WMBs. Google that, asshole!

kennyX
kennyX

@MNjoe And yes it is my fucking business if my tax dollars have to pay for it, just like it is your businesses that you did not want to fund the Iraq war. 

kennyX
kennyX

@MNjoe Oh I get it. You meant "how" instead of "who". Well, OK, fine. I wasn't for the war in Iraq either. It was the biggest embarrassment of wars in American history. But just don't forget one thing: You can't just blame Bush on that that one. Bill, Hillary, Pelosi as well as a host of other Democrats were convinced that Iraq had WMDs. Google it.

kennyX
kennyX

@MNjoe

"it's none of your business no matter who loudly you scream and cry."

Could you please rephrase that? 

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@kennyX @MNjoe What are you ranting about now? Of course PP gets ferderal funding - who said they didn't? Actually it was Richard Nixon who began funding them in 1970 - look it up. They get a lot of private donations as well.  As for "MY tax dollars," I didn't want mine used for the BS war in Iraq but guess what?  And tough shit...it's none of your business no matter who loudly you scream and cry.

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