L.A. Dodgers pitcher Blake Treinen has taken a stand against his team's decision to celebrate an anti-Catholic hate group as part of an upcoming LGBT pride ritual, becoming the third player in the league to do so.
"I am disappointed to see the Sister's [sic] of Perpetual Indulgence being honored as heroes at Dodger Stadium. Many of their performances are blasphemous, and their work only displays hate and mockery of Catholics and the Christian faith," Treinen wrote in a Tuesday statement. "This group openly mocks Jesus Christ, the cornerstone of my faith, and I want to make it clear that I do not agree with nor support the decision of the Dodger's [sic] to 'honor' the Sister's [sic] of Perpetual Indulgence."
The 34-year-old from Wichita, Kansas, was referencing the Dodgers' controversial and twice-reversed decision to confer the "Community Hero Award" to the so-called Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence at the 10th annual LGBTQ+ Pride Night at Dodger Stadium on June 16.
According to its website, the SPI is a "leading-edge Order of queer and trans nuns."
The motto for the San Francisco-based group is "Go forth and sin some more," an inversion of Christ's command to "go, and sin no more."
Since its inception on Easter Sunday 1979, the SPI has long ridiculed Catholic teaching and doctrine, mocking the church's orthodox views on marriage, sexuality, homosexuality, transgenderism, and abortion.
Brian Burch, the president of the advocacy group CatholicVote, indicated that in "one famous stunt, they tricked an archbishop into giving them the Eucharist – the most important sacrament of the Catholic faith – so they could defile it."
A viral video recently shared on Twitter by Claremont fellow Megan Basham showed a performance by alleged members of the group wherein one male stripper writhed and gyrated on a second male stripper pretending to be the crucified Christ.
While Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), CatholicVote, the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, various clergymen, and others condemned the Dodgers' endorsement of the hate group, with some calling for a boycott of the team, there was relative silence from Christians in the league.
TheBlaze previously reported that Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw said in a Monday interview with the Los Angeles Times that he was opposed to the decision to honor the SPI, saying, "I don’t agree with making fun of other people’s religions."
Pitcher Trevor Williams of the Washington Nationals took a less diplomatic tone, explicitly condemning the decision and calling on his "fellow Catholics to reconsider their support of an organization that allows this type of mockery of its fans to occur."
Treinen, like Williams, did not mince words.
"I believe Jesus Chris died on the cross for my sins. I believe the word of God is true, and in Galatians 6:7 it says, 'do not be deceived, God cannot be mocked; a man reaps what he sows,'" wrote Treinen.
"I understand that playing baseball is a privilege, and not a right. My convictions in Jesus Christ will always come first," continued the pitcher. "Inviting the Sister's [sic] of Perpetual Indulgence to perform disenfranchises a large community and promotes hate of Christians and people of faith. ...People like baseball for its entertainment value and competition. The fans do not want propaganda or politics forced on them."
Treinen alluded to the deleterious impact that woke propaganda has had on companies such as Bud Light — whose parent company has seen its shares drop by over 20% in the two months since it partnered with a transvestic TikTok personality — and stressed the need to "leave the propaganda and politics off the field."
CatholicVote, the Christian advocacy group that has led the charge against the Dodgers' celebration of the SPI, lauded Treinen for his stance, calling it "one of the most powerful rebukes of the Dodgers since they first announced their collaboration with SPI."
It remains to be seen if the courage displayed by Williams, Treinen, and Kershaw will be contagious, as Philadelphia Flyers player Ivan Provorov's has been in the NHL. Provorov, a Russian Orthodox Christian player, refused to don LGBT activist colors in January. While he initially stood alone, Provorov was soon joined in his protest by several other players across the league.
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