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Kansas City is currently under investigation for potential human rights violations after Harrison Butker, the kicker for the Kansas City Chiefs, was doxxed.

Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey has launched an investigation under the Missouri Human Rights Act to protect the freedoms outlined in the Constitution.

AG Bailey stated that his office is seeking accountability following the doxxing of Butker for sharing his religious beliefs. He emphasized that he will enforce the Missouri Human Rights Act to prevent individuals from being targeted for their religious practices.

In a recent development, Bailey has formally requested Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas to release all documents and communications related to a controversial post on the social media platform X.

This post disclosed personal information about Butker after he spoke about his Christian faith at a graduation ceremony, constituting a violation of his right to freely express his religious views.

Although the original post was deleted, screenshots had already been taken.

 

Screenshot: Kansas City/X

“Missourians of faith deserve to know why Kansas City officials decided to attack Mr. Butker for his deeply held religious beliefs,” said Attorney General Bailey.

In response, Kansas City issued an apology, saying, “We apologize for our previous tweet. It was shared in error.”

Read Bailey’s letter to Mayor Lucas below:

It has been reported that the city of Kansas City has retaliated against a well-respected local resident and member of the Kansas City Chiefs after he spoke about his religious views. Your office’s X account likely publicly released residential location information on a private citizen, Harrison Butker, in an attempt to retaliate against him for expressing his sincerely held religious beliefs at a religious college’s commencement ceremony—to an audience that largely shares his views.

Use of government social media to retaliate against an individual based on their religious beliefs amounts to discriminatory behavior that is not tolerated under our Constitution or Missouri statute.

Our nation is founded on a bedrock commitment to the free exercise of religion. In addition, Missouri law specifically prohibits faith based discrimination against Missouri residents. Yet, your office apparently believes it is appropriate to denigrate a devout Catholic for comments he made about his own faith at a religious college.

The speech I am referencing was given by Chiefs all-star kicker Harrison Butker at Benedictine College a private, religious college. This college openly affirms that it “is committed to those beliefs and natural principles that form the framework of the Judeo-Christian tradition, and it is committed further to those specific matters of faith of the Roman Catholic tradition…” Yet, speaking to a group of fellow Catholics about theological issues important to their shared faith at a graduation ceremony at a private college prompted a retaliatory social media post by your office.

Missouri’s Human Rights Act prohibits government actors from discriminating against citizens because of their sincerely held religious beliefs. In addition to the city of Kansas City’s attack on Mr. Butker, there is an effort to force his employer to take disciplinary action against him. To any employer or government official considering such a move, I assure you that I am prepared to use the authority provided in statute to defend the principle of free religious expression.

Missouri law states the following:

Whenever the attorney general has a reasonable cause to believe that any person or group of persons is engaged in a pattern or practice of resistance to the full enjoyment of any of the rights granted by this chapter or that any group of persons has been denied any of the rights granted by this chapter, and such denial raises an issue of general public importance, he may bring a civil action to any appropriate state court|.] Section 213.126.1, RSMo.

That is not the only concerning and potentially unlawful conduct. Given that your office’s official account identified where Mr. Butker may reside, it is plausible that Kansas City government officials misappropriated government resources and information to find Mr. Butker’s city of residence. This was irresponsible at best, and is potentially a violation of Missouri law. Missourians deserve better from our elected leaders.

Mr. Butker was well within his rights to discuss his religious views—views which are shared by millions of members of his faith tradition. Sadly, history is filled with examples of people of religious faith being targeted for their beliefs by government officials. Please see enclosed demand for information related to your office’s retaliatory social media post.

At the same time, the NFL has separated itself from Butker’s comments, which criticized President Joe Biden’s leadership and opposed specific progressive policies.
Jonathan Beane, the NFL’s Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, underlined the league’s position by saying:
“Harrison Butker expressed his personal views in a speech. His opinions do not reflect those of the NFL as a whole. The NFL remains firmly dedicated to fostering inclusion, a value that enhances our league.”

Doug Goldsmith

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