This just in: The New Orleans Saints’ beloved quarterback Drew Brees has been palling around with homophobes.
Just as football season is about to kick off, Brees has appeared in a new video for the antigay hate group Focus on the Family.
In the video, the 40-year-old athlete promotes “Bring Your Bible to School Day” and encourages kids to try to convert their peers.
“I want to encourage you to live out your faith on Bring Your Bible To School Day and share God’s love with friends,” Brees says.
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Posted by Focus on the Family on Thursday, August 29, 2019
But “God’s love,” according to Focus on the Family’s six guiding philosophies, is anything but.
The organization opposes same-sex marriage and adoption by same-sex couples. It also supports gay conversion therapy and religious freedom laws, believes trans people are deranged, says anti-bullying groups promote homosexuality, and has lobbied for legislation allowing antigay workplace discrimination.
Big Easy Magazine reports:
Interestingly, the video Brees filmed for Focus on the Family was hidden from the group’s Facebook timeline shortly after it was published. However, it remains available on smaller church pages who have shared it, as well as on the group’s YouTube channel. This might lead fans to believe that perhaps Brees wasn’t aware of who he was supporting. However, research shows that this is a long term partnership.
Brees has been involved with the hate group since 2010.
Even though Brees doesn’t specifically mention LGBTQ people in the video, affiliating himself for nearly a decade with an organization that has such a long and sordid history of homophobia puts him squarely in the same corner.
Folks on Twitter are not happy about the whole thing…
Drew Brees and homophobia is trending because of a commercial with Focus on the Family which is an extreme Christian group involved in anti-abortion and anti-LGBTQ legislation. pic.twitter.com/hMbZrR52we
— looseedition (@looseedition) September 3, 2019
@drewbrees We need to talk about this ad. Your public image took a humongous hit with you being associated with a hate group like Focus On The Family that is anti everything except white, male & conservative. This is not a Christian group. They are sexists, xenophobes, & racists.
— Kevin Starr (@kevinstarr) September 4, 2019
So @drewbrees – this picture encapsulates the spirit of New Orleanians. Your sponsorship of Focus on The Family definitely does not. You can choose the city that loves you OR the religious organization that sees you as a subhuman until you convert to their beliefs. Your call. https://t.co/23D08HH1JQ
— Come Hell Or Bywater (@HellOrBywater) September 2, 2019
@drewbrees Focus on the Family? Seriously? The most hate-filled anti-LGBTQ organization? This fan is horrified.
— Wingtip (@Wingtip87917987) September 3, 2019
While Brees is based in New Orleans, it should be noted that his views are not reflective of the city in general. Or at all. The city has the fourth-largest LGBTQ population per capita in the nation and is known for its friendly and accepting attitude toward everyone, regardless of their sexuality. In 2017, Best of Gay Cities ranked it second for being most-
Neither Brees nor the New Orleans Saints have issued any comment in response to the star quarterback’s controversial new video.