Two Los Angeles Dodgers pitchers spoke out this week after the team announced it will honor an anti-Catholic LGBT group during a "pride night" event on June 16, coming in the midst of boycotts against brands.
The group, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, is a self-described “leading-edge Order of queer and trans nuns” that has been criticized as being insulting and blasphemous against the Christian faith. Amid a growing public backlash, the group was later disinvited, but the Dodgers eventually reversed their earlier decision and allowed the group to come back.
All-Star starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw and relief pitcher Blake Treinen both issued statements about the matter.
Kershaw added that he attempted to approach the Dodgers management and relaunch a “Christian Faith and Family Day” after the team invited the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. “As a team between my wife and I and different people that I respect, we talked a lot about the right response to this,” Kershaw added. “It’s never an easy thing, because it felt like it elicited a response.”
"This has nothing to do with the LGBTQ community or Pride or anything like that," Kershaw also said. "This is simply a group that was making fun of a religion, that I don’t agree with."
Treinen, meanwhile, was more explicit in his criticism and said the group "displays hate and mockery" of Christians.
"I am disappointed to see the Sister’s [sic] of Perpetual Indulgence being honored as heroes at Dodger Stadium," Treinen wrote in a social media statement. "Many of their performances are blasphemous, and their work only displays hate and mockery of Catholics and the Christian faith.
Boycott?Last Monday, the Dodgers issued a statement saying that it re-invited the anti-Christian group once again. But the flip-flopping triggered other LGBT groups to distance themselves from the team event that is slated to be held this month.
“After much thoughtful feedback from our diverse communities, honest conversations within the Los Angeles Dodgers organization and generous discussions with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the Los Angeles Dodgers would like to offer our sincerest apologies to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, members of the LGBTQ+ community and their friends and families,” the team said.
But another pitcher, Washington Nationals right-hander Trevor Williams, also criticized the Dodgers' move to invite the Sisters group, arguing that it openly targets the Catholic faith. Williams went a step further and called for a boycott against the Dodgers.