Saints Quarterback Drew Brees Encourages Kids To Take Part In ‘Bring Your Bible To School Day’

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is encouraging children to take part in “Bring Your Bible to School Day,” which is being organized by the conservative Christian group Focus on the Family in order to “empower”┬ástudents to express their faith.

Brees, 40, took to YouTube to promote the October 3 event by sharing a favorite verse, 2 Corinthans 5:7.

“For we live by faith, not by sight,” Brees said. “So I want to encourage you to live out your faith on Bring Your Bible to School Day and share God’s love with friends. You are not alone.”

A website for “Bring Your Bible To School Day” explains more about the event.

“As a student in a public school, you have First Amendment rights to engage in voluntary, free speech conversations in a way that does not interfere with or substantially disrupt classroom time and academic instruction,” the website states. “That means you can voluntarily express your personal and religious beliefs to your classmates through verbal or written expressions, as long as you follow school policy and do not engage in these activities during classroom or instruction time.”

Focus on the Family president Jim Daly opened up about how important Brees’ participation in the event is.

“His influential voice helps to amplify the overarching theme of the event,” Daly said, “that respectfully sharing and expressing your faith powerfully demonstrates God’s love in a world that’s in desperate need of hope and healing.”

Brees has faced some backlash for participating in the event.

“Drew Brees Created a PSA Video for an Anti-Gay Religious Cult That Believes in Conversion Therapy & Fights Against Any Anti-Discrimination Laws; Wants Kids to Bring Bible to School to Convert Other Kids,” tweeted Black Sports Online’s Robert Littal.

“We are starting a hashtag, #SaintsDontHate #IsitTrueDrew concerning @drewbrees commercial for an anti-LGBTQ group,” added Big Easy Magazine, a self-described “progressive” publication.

Find out more in the video below.

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