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Monday, May 25, 2020

Drew Brees takes heat for appearance in Focus on the Family Bible video

Drew Brees

Drew Brees has received some criticism online for his appearance in a video promoting children bringing their Bibles to school, though the criticism is not due to his pro-Bible promotion. Rather, some are calling him out for his association with the religious group behind the video.

A church group called “Focus on the Family” posted a video to Facebook last week that shows the New Orleans Saints quarterback encouraging students to participate in “Bring Your Bible to School Day” on October 3. Brees even quotes one of his favorite biblical passages in the video, 2 Corinthians 5:7.

“For we live by faith, not by sight,” the passage says.

The caption to the Focus on the Family post says “join Drew Brees as he encourages students to ‘live your faith and share God’s love’ on #BringYourBible to School Day, Oct. 3. Click below to learn how your voice can be counted.”

The message Brees promotes in the video has not been called into question. However, some have wondered why he is promoting a group that opposes abortion and same-sex marriage, among other issues, and have criticized him for the association. Critics have also noted Brees has appeared in anti-bullying campaigns with Ellen DeGeneres going back to 2010.

The New Orleans Saints quarterback has a history of association with the group. Focus on the Family featured his “Team Brees” family in a 2015 website posting and also sold a CD from an interview with the quarterback in 2010, according to “The Big Easy Magazine.”

Focus on the Family has received attention for a video involving a quarterback in the past. Back in 2010, Tim Tebow was part of an anti-abortion Super Bowl ad that came from the group.

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