Commencement speeches are being delivered at colleges across the country as the academic year comes to a close. Out of roughly 6,000 colleges in the U.S., one invited speaker’s address has particularly captured the nation’s attention. Kansas City Chief placekicker and three-time Superbowl champion Harrison Butker delivered a speech at Benedictine College that’s been viewed on YouTube more than 1.7 million times in 10 days. It’s been covered by Fox, CNN, the New York Post, ESPN, and Rolling Stone, just to name a few.

A certain sector of American society is calling for Butker’s head on a platter, with more than 200,000 people having signed a Change.Org petition demanding that the Kansas City Chiefs dismiss Butker for “discriminatory remarks.” Meanwhile, the Kansas City X account is in hot water from the state AG for “doxxing” Butker, and the NFL was quick to distance itself from Butker’s commencement address, assuring us that “His views are not those of the NFL as an organization.”

Butker dared to tell young women that their fate need not be forever tethered to the diabolical demands that they sacrifice their health, their fertility, their children, and their relationships in order to be happy.

Butker is a Catholic football player who was speaking to graduates at a Catholic college. What did he say that has sparked such fury? Amidst an excellent analysis of many things, including errors in leadership from COVID to Biden, identifying the role of masculinity in restoring order in society, describing his own love for traditional liturgy within the Church, and reckoning the caliber of students sitting before him, Harrison Butker had the audacity to challenge the lies of feminism – and to be applauded for it.

For a full 18 seconds he was applauded followed his direct address to female graduates, which included such incendiary musings as, “Some of you may go on to lead successful careers in the world, but I would venture to guess that the majority of you are most excited about your marriage and the children you will bring into this world.” He then gave a tribute to his wife, which stated that “(she) would be the first to say that her life truly started when she began living her vocation as a wife and a mother.”

Those 18 seconds of applause ring out as the death knell for feminism, for the pro-abortion lobby, for the contraceptive culture that tells young women they must get on the pill as soon as possible if they’re ever to have successful careers.

Butker dared to tell young women that their fate need not be forever tethered to the diabolical demands that they sacrifice their health, their fertility, their children, and their relationships in order to be happy. He dared to tell young women that their value is inestimable, and that there are men in the world who will honor them as God intends. He dared to suggest that bringing children into the world is a noble pursuit, a source of excitement, joy and new life.

Not only did Butker’s remarks to women merit sustained applause at Benedictine College, but within days, the Kansas City Chief’s No. 7 women’s jerseys sold out.

The mainstream media is in a frenzy because there’s blood in the water: The great leviathan of the sexual revolution, which seeks to bind woman through objectification of herself, is dying, and they know it.

The views expressed here are those of the author.

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OPINION: Butker’s rousing speech represents the death knell for diabolical feminism

Theresa Bird
Theresa Bird is a wife and homeschooling mother of eight. She earned her BA in Philosophy at Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in Merrimack, NH. She lives in Anchorage.


  • Liz says:

    I just bought my jersey. Let this openness to speak the truth be contagious!!!

  • Tamra Nygaard says:

    So many women have believed the lie, and only count their success by their monetary earnings. And yet, they all know for a fact that nothing replaces that jolt when she is sleeping and hears “mommy?”, or the thrill of watching your kid take his or her first steps, or knowing that you have given everything you have — time, love, effort, intelligence — to send your kid off into the world with all the tools he needs to succeed. You can’t do everything, so which is more reliably good? The value of a woman is not monetary.

  • John J Otness says:

    GOD BLESS HIM~~~~!!!!!!~~~~

  • Jeff Butler says:

    Bird. Yuck. Your views are 18th century oppression of women and freedom.

    • North to Alaska says:

      Jeff Butler, you are a bigot for demeaning women who find fulfilling and happy lives in raising their children at home.
      How dare you oppress women into cubicles as slaves to a company.

    • Elizabeth Henry says:

      And you would know this how? Many, many, women, and men, today, share the views expressed by Butker and Theresa Bird. Just a gander at our culture today is ‘exhibit A’ of the now generations of damage from the lies. The decision to be a wife and mother as a ‘priority career’ should be esteemed, just as the decision to be an engineer, surgeon, accountant etc, If anything, should be encouraged during child rearing years.

      • Jeff Butler says:

        Butker had the balls to underline a housewife as a career choice to an audience of women just finishing 4 years of academia towards a non-housewife career. Sure, be a mother, but don’t expect anyone to believe that your god insists that be a “priority career”.

      • Proud Alaskan says:


    • Tamra Nygaard says:

      Please explain to me how women are not created for procreation and nurturing. I’ll wait. There is nothing oppressive about a woman choosing to rely upon her husband in order to raise a family. Why are you denying women that opportunity? Methinks perhaps the oppression comes when you only value women for their monetary contribution.

      • Jeff Butler says:

        Mrs Nygaard. I know female anatomy well enough to agree with you that they can procreate and nurture. Popular profession that, given 8.5 billion of us.

        But the NFL guy suggests motherhood is god’s preferred profession. Implicit are the penalties of disobedience to god’s demands so colorfully expressed in the bible.

        Don’t see a link between women and money as you do. I’m pro mothers, I had one you won’t be surprised to hear. But it is one life pursuit among many others

        It’s not the only option as you Christian Nationalists insist

    • Tamra Nygaard says:

      And that would be Mrs. Bird to you.

  • Jeanette Exner says:

    We should start calling him “Commander Butker.”

  • micah says:

    > Butker’s rousing speech represents the death knell for diabolical feminism

    From your pen to God’s plans.

    More likely is we need a separation from each other. We are two different peoples with very different values. We are no longer compatible.

  • Proud Alaskan says:


  • Proud Alaskan says:

    To all of you out there crying and freaking out, that Butker told the truth.
    I guess you can’t handle the facts or truth. Most of you can’t even describe what is a woman.
    I stopped watching football many years ago even before the crazy covid stuff.
    If the league or Kansas City Chiefs, kicks him off the team. There’s one more reason to keep, NOT watching or supporting the NFL.
    Maybe I should break my rule and buy a men’s Butker shirt and wear it with pride. Just to see if anyone asks me why, I’m wear that shirt. Then I will tell them boldly and loud how stupid they sound.

  • JEAN says:

    Nice words that ring hallow. The reality for most families is that both parents have to work to support the household, and this has been true for decades. If we want a stay at home parent to be an option, we have to address the 50 year decline in household income.

  • Bob says:

    “if the woman descends from her truly regal throne to which she has been raised within the walls of the home by means of the Gospel, she will soon be reduced to the old state of slavery (if not in appearance, certainly in reality) and become as amongst the pagans the mere instrument of man.” Pope Pius XI

  • ML, just common sense says:

    It’s a matter of choice. I believe Mr. Butker’s was pointing out that there are many opportunities for women, which can include motherhood. For decades now there has been a stigma associated toward women that would prefer to make motherhood their choice. It has been just recently that there has been a movement to the acknowledgement to justify that a woman can chose motherhood without having their peers look down their noses at them for making that choice. To state that being a mother is a lesser goal, or of lesser importance, would be a statement of ignorance. It is a challenge to live on one income, but not as hard as you might think. Over the last 50 years it’s been unconceivable that we should only have one vehicle, or anything less than the biggest TV made, or the nicest house on the block. If we lived within our means it is possible to live on one income. Once again it’s a matter of choice and priorities.

  • Sheila Hayden says:

    Butker’s rousing speech was very important to those who idolize kickers.

  • Dee Cee says:

    Find me a Catholic priest who will speak the same truth as boldly as Butker, and I’ll be at his masses every day! But Catholics lack this kind of bold leadership and proclamation of truth. I’m a woman who was so deeply wounded by feminist ideology I was desperate for someone from my own Tradition to tell me the truth about feminism. It almost destroyed my marriage. Guess what? I learned of the biblical model for marriage, and the woman’s role in the home from a Protestant. Thank God for that. Never met a priest as bold… because if a priest went out and said these things his feminist parishioners would eat him alive.

  • micah says:

    How are all your cats doing Sheila?

  • Dr. Mark says:

    Really brilliant article. I hope this signals a groundswell of rebellion against the leftist/woke elements in our culture.

  • Fernand Daussin says:

    appropriate subsidies of these values should follow (SNAP, Medicaid, Head Start and affordable childcare, and a host of other progressive solutions for which large and involved Federal government is uniquely equipped to address and deliver)

  • Joseph says:

    When God created woman he was working late on the 6th day.
    An angel came by and asked, “Why spend so much time on her?”
    The Lord answered, “Have you seen all the specifications I have to meet to shape her?

    She must function in all kinds of situations.
    She must be able to embrace several kids at the same time.
    Have a hug that can heal anything from a bruised knee to a broken heart.
    She must do all this with only two hands.
    She cures herself when sick and can work 18 hours a day.”

    The angel was impressed, “Just two hands…impossible!
    And this is the standard model?”
    The angel came closer and touched the woman.
    “But you have made her so soft, Lord.”
    “She is soft”, said the Lord,
    “But I have made her strong. You can’t imagine what she can endure and overcome.”

    “Can she think?” The angel asked.
    The Lord answered, “Not only can she think, she can reason and negotiate.”
    The angel touched her cheeks.
    “Lord, it seems this creation is leaking! You have put too many burdens on her.”
    “She is not leaking…it is a tear” the Lord corrected the angel.
    “What’s it for?” Asked the angel.
    The Lord said, “Tears are her way of expressing her grief, her doubts, her love, her loneliness, her suffering and her pride.”

    This made a big impression on the angel,
    “Lord, you are a genius. You thought of everything. A woman is indeed marvellous!”
    Lord said, “Indeed she is.

    She has strength that amazes a man.
    She can handle trouble and carry heavy burdens.
    She holds happiness, love and opinions.
    She smiles when she feels like screaming.
    She sings when she feels like crying.
    Cries when happy and laughs when afraid.
    She fights for what she believes in.
    Her love is unconditional.
    Her heart is broken when a next-of-kin or a friend dies but she finds strength to get on with life.”

    The angel asked: “So she is a perfect being?”
    The Lord replied, “No. She has just one drawback…she often forgets what she is worth.”