Two Major League Baseball pitchers for the Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw and Blake Treinen have condemned their team’s decision to re-invite an anti-Catholic hate group to their annual Pride Night to receive a “Community Hero Award.”
The LA Dodgers will hold their annual LGBTQ+ Pride Night on June 16, during which they will be presenting a group called the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (SPI) with an award. This anti-Catholic hate group is comprised of drag queens masquerading as offensive caricatures of nuns.
Not only do they dress in sexualized perversions of religious garb but, this past Easter Sunday, the group carried a cross up a hill in San Francisco, mimicked the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, then performed a pole dance on the cross.
This vile desecration of the Catholic faith is not the only stunt they have pulled, nor will it be their last.
However, somehow it has been deemed appropriate to honor the members of this group for “the lifesaving work that they have done tirelessly for decades,” as put by the LA Dodgers in a recent statement.
In response to this, the team’s starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw spoke out against his team’s decision to honor SPI during their Pride Night.
“I don’t agree with making fun of other people’s religions,” Kershaw stated to the Los Angeles Times. “It has nothing to do with anything other than that. I just don’t think that, no matter what religion you are, you should make fun of somebody else’s religion. So, that’s something that I definitely don’t agree with.”
In response to the Dodgers honoring SPI, Kershaw had the idea to relaunch the Dodgers’ Christian Faith and Family Day this year, which was last held in 2019.
“For us, we felt like the best thing to do in response was, instead of maybe making a statement condemning or anything like that, would be just to instead try to show what we do support, as opposed to maybe what we don’t, and that was Jesus,” Kershaw said. “So, to make Christian Faith Day our response is what we felt like was the best decision.”
Excited to announce the relaunch of Christian Faith and Family Day at Dodger Stadium on July 30th. More details to come— but we are grateful for the opportunity to talk about Jesus and determined to make it bigger and better than it was before COVID. Hope to see you on July 30th! pic.twitter.com/yNu7HyEgR9
— Clayton Kershaw (@ClaytonKersh22) May 26, 2023
Blake Treinen, another pitcher on the LA Dodgers, released a statement condemning the team’s decision to honor SPI during Pride Night.
He wrote, “I am disappointed to see the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence being honored as heroes at Dodger Stadium. Many of their performances are blasphemous, and their work only displays hate and mockery of Catholics and the Christian faith.”
“[I]nviting the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence to perform disenfranchised a large community and promotes hate of Christians and people of faith,” Treinan added. “The fans do not want propaganda or politics forced on them. The debacle with Bud Light and Target should be a warning to companies and professional sports to stay true to their brand and leave the propaganda and politics off the field.”
“This group openly mocks Jesus Christ, the cornerstone of my faith, and I want to make it clear that I do not agree with nor support the decision of the Dodgers to ‘honor’ the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence,” Treinen concluded.