By Jonathon Van Maren
Those who thought Colin Kaepernick taking a knee for the national anthem was an aggressively irritating intrusion of politics into professional sports are probably feeling pretty nostalgic for ol’ Colin these days. As it turns out, some good old-fashioned squabbling over respect for national symbols was pretty tame compared with the culture wars rocking the sports world these days. In 2023, it isn’t about a few athletes taking a knee during the national anthem — it’s about every athlete bending the knee to the LGBT flag.
The latest round of debates started with the Los Angeles Dodgers (that’s a baseball team, for those of you who are as ignorant about sports as I am) deciding to invite a blasphemous LGBT drag troupe called “The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence,” who dress up like nuns and put on sexualized performances mocking Christian stories and symbolism (all of it is too repulsive to link to). Despite backlash, the Dodgers stuck to their guns. Washington Nationals pitcher Trevor Williams strongly condemned the Dodgers’ decision on Twitter, and Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw came out and condemned his own team’s decision; relief pitcher Blake Treinen followed up with a statement of his own, writing in part:
I understand that playing baseball is a privilege, and not a right. My convictions in Jesus Christ will always come first. Since I have been with the Dodger’s they have been at the forefront of supporting a wide variety of groups. However, inviting the Sister’s [sic] of Perpetual Indulgence to perform disenfranchises a large community and promotes hate of Christians and people of faith. This single event alienates the fans and supporters of the Dodgers, Major League Baseball, and professional sports. People like baseball for its entertainment value and competition. 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.
There has been no response from the Dodgers so far, but the Toronto Blue Jays have cracked down hard on one of their players who dared to express dissent from the LGBT agenda. Pitcher Anthony Bass made the mistake of sharing a clip on social media that expressed support for the ongoing boycott of Target over their “Pride” line of merchandise for children, and he was immediately forced into making a groveling, hard-to-watch apology. “I recognize yesterday I made a post that was hurtful to the Pride community, which includes friends of mine, close family members of mine,” he said in a clip posted by the Blue Jays. “I am truly sorry for that. I just spoke with my teammates and shared my actions yesterday and apologized with them. As of right now I’m using the Blue Jays resource to better educate myself to make better decision going forward.”