Drew Brees Takes Flak for “Bring Your Bible to School” Video

Last month New Orleans Saints quarterback and 2010 Super Bowl champion Drew Brees appeared in a YouTube video, where he encouraged students to bring their Bibles to school on October 3.

The video is part of the annual Bring your Bible to School Day sponsored by Focus on the Family.

Students all over the country are encouraged to exercise their religious liberties simply by taking their Bibles with them to school.

Bring Your Bible to School Day has grown into a major nationwide event in the past few years. In 2018 thousands of students across American reportedly participated.

You would think that a short video simply encouraging young people to take their Bibles to school with them on October 3 would be OK, but in the past few days pundits and Twitter users have mercilessly targeted Drew Brees for promoting an event tied to Focus on the Family.

According to the Washington Post, several people have accused Brees of aligning himself with an anti-LGBT “hate group.”

The backlash prompted Brees to issue a statement clarifying the video’s purpose, saying, “My intent with that video was to make a positive impact in the lives of some young people.”

It’s ridiculous that a 23-second video encouraging students to bring their Bibles to school would spark this kind of outrage, but it isn’t surprising any more.

Earlier this year actor Chris Pratt was placed in a similar position after actress Ellen Page accused the church Pratt attends in Los Angeles of being “infamously anti lgbtq.”

This week John Stonestreet at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview published a commentary about the ways radical activists pressure others to sever ties with any church or organization they deem “hateful.”

Stonestreet writes,

The influence of these groups, especially the [pro-LGBT] Human Rights Campaign, is incredible . . .

The main strategy comes by weaponizing so-called “hate group lists.” Once groups . . . are designated as “hate groups” . . . corporations are pressured to cut ties with any and all organizations that bear the scarlet ‘H.’

Consider the “Amazon Smile” program. When participants in the program make a purchase on Amazon, half-a-percent of the price of their purchase can be designated as a donation to the charity of their choice. Zero-point-five percent might not sound like much, but as of last fall, Amazon had donated more than $100 million to eligible charities through the Smile program.

In response to outside pressure, Amazon now excludes any organization designated as a “hate group” from the program. So, [Alliance Defending Freedom], the Family Research Council, and others are barred from “Amazon Smile.”

Like we’ve said before, if you don’t believe religious liberty and rights of conscience are under attack, just try exercising those freedoms.

Situations like these are why Family Council has worked so hard to protect religious liberty and rights of conscience in Arkansas. It’s also why we don’t need to do anything that would undermine those liberties.

Photo by Keith Allison [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)]

Quapaw Install Gambling Machines at “Casino Annex” in Pine Bluff

According to KATV, the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma has begun installing 300 gambling machines in its Pine Bluff “casino annex” located across the street from its main casino building that is currently under construction.

The main casino will open next year, but the “casino annex” — a mini casino across the street — will open in a few weeks.

I’m not sure voters imagined that casinos would be able to operate gambling machines in different buildings in town when the casino amendment passed last year, but apparently that’s what is happening.

It’s worth pointing out that by some estimates state and local government spend up to $10 in social services for every $1 received in tax revenue from casino gambling.

Gambling is linked to divorce, bankruptcy, homelessness, domestic violence, and a host of other problems that hurt families. Casino tax money simply cannot compensate for the toll gambling take on a community.