Pitcher Trevor Williams of the Washington Nationals heavily criticized the decision by the Dodgers to honor an anti-Christian drag queen group at their "Pride Night" on June 16.
Williams, who is Catholic, posted a lengthy statement on Twitter calling on other Catholics to reconsider their support of the team after they invited the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence to be honored at the stadium.
“A Major League Baseball game is a place where people from all walks of life should feel welcomed, something I greatly respect and support. This is the purpose of different themed nights hosted by the organization, including Pride Night," wrote Williams.
“To invite and honor a group that makes a blatant and deeply offensive mockery of my religion, and the religion of over 4 million people in Los Angeles county alone, undermines the values of respect and inclusivity that should be upheld by any organization," he added.
The drag group has sponsored events meant to insult and mock Jesus Christ and other biblical figures in order to criticize faith-based opposition to the LGBTQ agenda.
"I believe it is essential for the Dodgers to reconsider their association with this group and strive to create an inclusive environment that does not demean or disrespect the religious beliefs of any fan or employee," Williams continued. "I also encourage my fellow Catholics to reconsider their support of an organization that allows this type of mockery of its fans to occur."
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw also registered his displeasure with the team's decision, but he opted instead to endorse a "Christian Faith and Family Day" scheduled by the Dodgers.
"For us, we felt like the best thing to do in response was, instead of maybe making a statement condemning or anything like that, would be just to instead try to show what we do support, as opposed to maybe what we don’t," Kershaw explained, "and that was Jesus. So, to make Christian Faith Day our response is what we felt like was the best decision."
LGBTQ groups in Los Angeles backed the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and threatened to back out of the "Pride Night" had the Dodgers not reinvited the group. One group accused critics of aligning themselves with "white supremacists."
Here's Williams talking about his faith:
Faith on the Field: Meet Trevor Williamswww.youtube.com
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