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orlbucfan

T and R x 3, Ms. Benny!! 🙂 We’re just waiting patiently for DS you-know-what to self-destruct. 🙂 So much for all the PR BS about a Yale degree.

jcitybone

orlbucfan

Stick a poisoned sock in his mouth!

jcitybone

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/05/18/sports/baseball/dodgers-pride-night.html

The Los Angeles Dodgers are facing a great deal of criticism ahead of their upcoming LGBTQ+ Pride Night for the team’s decision to disinvite a group from what is scheduled to be their 10th annual celebration of diversity and inclusion on June 16 at Dodger Stadium.

The club announced Wednesday that it would no longer honor the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence with its Community Hero Award in a pregame ceremony that evening, effectively disinviting the charity, protest and street performance organization that employs humor and religious imagery to call attention to sexual intolerance.

The decision, which has led to several groups pulling out of the event in protest, came about after heavy pressure from conservative Catholic organizations, including the Catholic League and CatholicVote, and after Senator Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida, wrote a letter to Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred questioning whether the inclusion of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence would be “inclusive and welcoming to Christians.”

In announcing their decision, the Dodgers noted that LGBTQ+ Pride Night had “become a meaningful tradition, not only highlighting the diversity and resilience within our fan base, but also the impactful work of extraordinary community groups.” However, the team also said: “Given the strong feelings of those who have been offended by the sisters’ inclusion in our evening, and in an effort not to distract from the great benefits that we have seen over the years of Pride Night, we are deciding to remove them from this year’s group of honorees.”

By Thursday, what was supposed to be a celebration at Dodger Stadium had become a lightning rod of controversy. And based on the blowback, the force of which caught the organization off guard, the club is working internally on potential compromise solutions, according to a team official who spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak publicly about the situation.

What shape the event will take place in light of the various groups dropping out remains to be seen.

The Los Angeles LGBT Center condemned the Dodgers’ decision on Thursday, demanding that the team reverse its stance on the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence or cancel Pride Night altogether.

In part, the center’s statement read: “Buckling to pressure from out-of-state, right-wing fundamentalists, the Dodgers caved to a religious minority that is perpetuating a false narrative about L.G.B.T.Q.+ people. They have been fed lies about the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and have therefore contributed to the ongoing, anti-L.G.B.T.Q. smear campaign happening in this country.”

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California had announced on Wednesday night that, in unity with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, “we will not participate in Pride Night.” The organization pointed out that the Dodgers, who broke baseball’s color line with Jackie Robinson in 1947, had previously been “champions of inclusion.”

And in a third major blow, LA Pride, organizers of the LA Pride Parade and Festival, said on Thursday night that their organization will also not attend the event. The group, which claims to have organized the world’s first permitted parade advocating for gay rights in 1970, said it was “very disappointed” in the team, which it described as a longtime partner.

jcitybone
orlbucfan

jcb, is this for real?