After a four-year hiatus, the Los Angeles Dodgers are set to relaunch the team’s Christian Faith and Family Day. It comes on the heels of widespread criticism of the team’s inclusion of an anti-Catholic drag queen group for Pride Night.
Star Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw expressed his excitement on Twitter about the return of the faith and family event on Friday.
“Excited to announce the relaunch of Christian Faith and Family Day at Dodger Stadium on July 30th,” he wrote.
Kershaw’s announcement was met with mixed reactions as it comes shortly after the organization’s decision to honor the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a pro-LGBT group that parodies Catholic nuns with drag performers, at Pride Night on June 16.
After national backlash, the Dodgers initially walked back the invitation. But after LA Pride announced its decision to withdraw its participation in the Pride event, the baseball team issued a formal apology to the Sisters and reinvited the group.
The timing of the announcements caused many baseball fans to interpret the Dodgers’ attempt to relaunch the “Faith and Family Day” as nothing more than a token attempt to fix the team’s clearly offensive reinstatement of the drag group.
“The @Dodgers can’t have it both ways: publicly endorse the disparagement of the Christian faith on June 16 and then invite Christians to ‘Faith & Family Day” on July 30,” said one reply to Kershaw’s Twitter post.
“How can we take this seriously when the team is allowing another group to be so completely nasty towards Christians?” another commenter asked.
The Dodgers’ Faith and Family Day is scheduled for July 30 when the team hosts the Cincinnati Reds. It will be the club’s first since 2019, when both Kershaw and manager Dave Roberts shared their testimonies.