All it took for the NHL to rethink “Pride jerseys” was for one player to say no

By Jonathon Van Maren

How did the sexual revolutionaries manage to transform our culture in short order? The answers to that, of course, are legion — historical, philosophical, and even theological. But considering that the story of the Sexual Revolution is the story of how the values of a few conquered a civilization in a half-century, one factor played a more significant role than most: Cowardice. 

A key reason that gender ideology infiltrated and took over our institutions so swiftly, for example, is because in most countries — America excepted — there has been very little pushback. I would bet good money that in Canada, you would be hard-pressed to find a single Conservative leader — including Pierre Poilievre, the “freedom fighter” — willing to define what a woman is in answer to a question from the press. On most of the key issues, the silent majority quietly capitulated, and now the state education system pumps out millions of clones who have been indoctrinated into the ideology of the victor. 

As Lenin once put it: ““You probe with bayonets: if you find mush, you push. If you find steel, you withdraw. The sexual revolutionaries have been probing, and they’ve found mostly mush — and so they’ve pushed, while we have withdrawn.  

Conservative leaders like Poilievre and the too-clever-by-half political hacks who surround the big fish at the top will tell you that this is actually smart, because there is simply no point dying on lonely barricades in the No Man’s Land of the gender culture wars (even if it is children suffering medical malpractice at the hands of doctors who see “sex changes” as healthcare). But every so often, this cowardice dressed up as savvy strategy is proven wrong. In the most recent instance, that example is the National Hockey League. 

Back in January, Ivan Provorov of the Philadelphia Flyers politely declined to wear a “pride jersey” during a warmup game, citing his Russian Orthodox faith. Sports commentators were apoplectic, demanding that he be fined and punished harshly to ensure that he was cowed into literally wearing the flag of an ideology he disagreed with on his body. Provorov played anyway, but barely had the foaming sports pundits toweled themselves off when players from the Minnesota Wild also decided that they didn’t want to wear the LGBT flag during warmup. This time, the media response had a shrill, panicked edge to it. Was the herd moving? 

As it turns out, that may be the case. Last week, Florida Panthers players Eric and Marc Staal also turned down the “pride jerseys,” stating: “We carry no judgement on how people choose to live their lives, and believe that all people should be welcome in all aspects of the game of hockey. Having said that, we feel that by us wearing a Pride jersey, it goes against our Christian beliefs.” So did James Reimer, the goalie for the San Jose Sharks, who wrote in part: “In this specific instance, I am choosing not to endorse something that is counter to my personal convictions which are based on the Bible, the highest authority in my life. 


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