The Los Angeles Dodgers have been labeled as the “Bud Light of baseball” due to their recent decision to invite the controversial LGBTQ+ group, Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, to partake in their Pride Night on June 16.
Previously, the Dodgers had rescinded their invitation to the group, a decision taken in response to public outcry from the Christian community.
Dodgers’ actions cause a public outcry
However, in a surprising turn of events, the Dodgers chose to reissue the invitation, causing another wave of public outcry, this time for allowing the group at their game.
CatholicVote, a notable organization in the Catholic community, announced their decision to renew their campaign, urging the Dodgers to dissociate from the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
The Dodgers had initially invited the group to the June 16 game but retracted their invitation following a wave of public criticism.
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The decision labeled ‘a deep insult to every Catholic’
In a press release from CatholicVote, the President, Brian Burch, expressed his dissatisfaction with the decision, “This is a deep insult to every Catholic,” he said. “We’re raising $1 million as swiftly as we can to counter this decision with advertising that the Dodgers can’t overlook.”
Brian Burch further emphasized the need for stakeholders to voice their objection against the Dodgers’ move to honor what he termed ‘anti-Catholic hate.’
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Why does ‘pride’ involve hating other individuals, Burch asks?
He questioned, “Why does ‘pride’ have to include honoring the most provocative and scandalous anti-Catholic individuals?”
This controversy was triggered after the Dodgers announced their decision to confer the Community Hero Award to the Sisters during the upcoming gay pride night event on June 16.
Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence is notorious for wearing drag-inspired nun outfits, a choice seen by some as a mockery of Catholicism, especially at pro-abortion rallies, as reported by Fox News.
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Dodgers accused of propagating bigotry
Bill Donohue, Catholic League president, strongly condemned the baseball team’s decision, stating that they were propagating bigotry instead of combatting it through the award they planned to give the group.
Donohue further criticized the group’s explicit performance art and pointed out their Easter Sunday event, which involved a parody of religious figures.
After the public backlash from Christian groups, the Dodgers had initially decided to retract the invitation to the group for their Pride Night.
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Dodgers initially decided to retract their invitation to the group
“Given the strong feelings of people who have been offended by the sisters’ inclusion in our evening, and in an effort not to distract from the great benefits that we have seen over the years of Pride Night, we are deciding to remove them from this year’s group of honorees,” MLB said in a statement.
However, following the retraction, there was pushback from the LGBTQ+ community, prompting the Dodgers to reconsider and eventually reinvite the Sisters to the event.
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Dodgers do an ‘about-turn’ and invite the group again
In a colorful statement, the Dodgers affirmed their decision, “We have asked the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence to take their place on the field at our 10th annual LGBTQ+ Pride Night on June 16. We are delighted to announce that they have consented to accept the gratitude of our communities for their tireless, lifesaving efforts over the decades.”
Furthermore, they apologized to the Sisters and the LGBTQ+ community for their initial decision.
The Dodgers expressed their commitment to continue working with their LGBTQ+ partners to further their education and utilize their platform to support the diversity of the Dodgers’ fanbase.
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Call to boycott the baseball team begin to emerge
Following this latest announcement, a wave of comments and calls to boycott the team emerged on Twitter.
“I find it interesting that a large percentage of Dodger fans are Latinos, and Latinos are usually raised Catholic. To have men who make a mockery of Jesus & pretend to be heroes is one more reason why you should ditch the Dodgers,” wrote Denise Aguilar.
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