Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Matt Birk is pro-life — so when it came time for the Ravens to visit President Barack Obama for the annual congratulations to the Super Bowl winners, he decided not to go.
The pro-life NFL player explained his decision:
“I wasn’t there,” Birk told The Power Trip. “I would say this, I would say that I have 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.’”
Birk, who also took a public stance during the recent gay rights movements that swung through our country last year, is a very open and public Catholic and claims that he took offense to these comments that were made by President Obama. So much so, that he declined a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet and be honored by the President at the White House.There are a lot of things that I like about this story, the moral tone, the standing up for what you believe in, etc. What I like best though is the way Mr. Birk handled himself.
Mr. Birk didn't grandstand.
Mr. Birk didn't use the limelight to act out.
Mr. Birk didn't go and misuse the occasion to prove a point.
Mr. Birk didn't call a news conference.
Mr. Birk didn't try to raise awareness for his cause.
What Mr. Birk did do was make a decision about who he would hang out with. He made that decision based on his values and then he acted accordingly. When he made that decision I doubt that he gave any thought to it becoming a minor news story. He knew where he stood and he decided to stand there, no more, no less and no spot light needed.