In a recent turn of events that left many scratching their heads, the Los Angeles Dodgers chose to commemorate Pride Month by hosting drag queens at their stadium. In a space traditionally dedicated to the great American pastime of baseball, the team decided to divert their focus to deliver a politically charged statement instead.
The Dodgers took it one step further by inviting a group of drag performers who’s act purposely centered around mocking Jesus Christ.
That’s right, the Sister of Perpetual Indulgence, a group that dresses up as nuns and priests, Jesus as He is being crucified, and other religious figures, will be honored during a home game next month.
After fans originally found out about their plans, there was a justifiable outrage. The Dodgers quickly disinvited the group. Just days later, the Dodgers did a 180 on that decision, and have now re-invited the blasphemous performers.
Baseball, like all sports, has a unique power to unite us. It transcends political, cultural, and social divides, providing a common ground where fans can come together to enjoy the game. By introducing a controversial cultural element like drag queens into this space, the Dodgers have risked politicizing the game and alienating a significant portion of their fan base.
A ballpark is a place where families spend summer afternoons and evenings watching their favorite teams play ball. Kids watch their heroes hit homers, pitch no hitters, and make acrobatic plays in the outfield.
Since the Dodgers doubled down on this, numerous players around the MLB have spoken out against the grotesque and discriminatory performances of the group. According to sources, the number of players expected to make statements about this specific instance of indoctrination and those who opt out of wearing pride themed uniforms and equipment is expected to become significant.
"To invite and honor a group that makes a blatant and deeply offensive mockery of my religion, and the religion of over 4 million people in Los Angeles county alone, undermines the values of respect and inclusivity that should be upheld by any organization."
Said Washington Nationals’ pitcher Trevor Williams, a devout Catholic from DFW.
In response to Dodgers’ star pitcher Clayton Kershaw, also a known Catholic, the Dodgers hastily put a Christian Faith and Family day on the calendar for the end of July. While this event was already in the works, it no doubt was sped up thanks to Kershaw speaking out.
While scheduling days that honor and celebrate faith and family is always good, it simply isn’t enough, especially not after honoring an anti-christian drag group.