Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers have re-invited a controversial LGBT group to their “gay pride” night, sparking more outrage from critics.
The Dodgers issued the invitation to the group, known as the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and will be giving it a community “hero” award, according to local KABC News 7.
“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 Dodgers said in a statement, reported KABC.
The Dodgers originally invited the drag queen nun group, and then disinvited them after backlash from conservatives, including Catholics, who accused the group of anti-Catholic bigotry.
Florida’s Sen. Marco Rubio, who is Catholic, was incensed by the original invitation, writing MLB commissioner Rob Manfred a strong letter of disapproval.
“I write to ask … why you are allowing an MLB team to honor a group that mocks Christians through diabolical parodies of our faith,” the Republican wrote, according to the New York Post. “The ‘sisters’ are men who dress in lewd imitation of Roman Catholic nuns. The group’s motto, ‘go and sin some more,’ is a perversion of Jesus’s command to ‘go, and sin no more.’”
Catholic League president Bill Donohue accused the Dodgers of promoting “hate speech” by including the group.
Donohue called the invitation an “unprovoked assault on Catholics.”
But a counter-backlash by progressive organizations and the LGBTQ lobby prompted the Dodgers to bend the knee to the nun-mocking drag group after gay and queer organizations threatened to boycott the “gay pride” night organized by the baseball team.
The Los Angeles LGBT Center, which had previously withdrawn from the event, put out a statement saying they welcome the Dodgers’ apology.
“Today’s decision by the Dodgers to publicly apologize to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and roll back their exclusion from next month’s Pride Night is a step in the right direction, and we support the Sisters’ vote to accept their much-deserved Community Hero Award,” the statement read, according to KABC.
Sources close to the Dodgers say that an organized campaign put on by the muscular LGBTQ lobby aimed at both the team and the league offices caused the Dodgers to cave.
“They caught people off guard; we had to handle the phones and get yelled at on the front lines,” one of the employees, who requested anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly, told the Los Angeles Times about the pressure campaign. “It sends everyone in a tizzy.”
It’s a tizzy that could be very expensive ultimately for the MLB and the Dodgers.
Just look at Anheuser-Busch InBev Bud Light’s sales, which have “plummeted more than 26%,” according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, after an ill-thought out marketing campaign, which included trans activist Dylan Mulvaney, angering conservative beer drinkers.
The MLB and the Dodgers will face the added pressure of the out-and-out anti-Christian bigotry that the drag group they are honoring as “heroes” truly represents.
MLB fans may not be picking up the phone and calling the Dodgers or the MLB offices, but they very well could do something even worse: pick up the remote control and change channel to another team or to another sport.
“Fake drag nuns punk the Dodgers. Alphabet Mafia in full control of the sports world,” said Jason Whitlock, a professional sports writer and Christian, who is known to stand up for his faith.