The Los Angeles Dodgers made a statement that the storied franchise, once a pioneer for the racial integration of pro baseball, is completely down with hate and bigotry when it applies to people of the Catholic religious faith.
On Monday, the MLB team shockingly reversed course after banning a group of transgender drag queen nuns over outrage from Catholics who were aghast that the team would reward their sacrilege. They also apologized to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, reinviting them to receive an award before an upcoming Pride Night game at Chavez Ravine against the division rival San Francisco Giants next month.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) May 22, 2023
After the initial shock had worn off, outrage erupted anew over the Dodgers’ choice to effectively spit on Catholics and Tulsi Gabbard joined the “Outnumbered” crew to break down what it means during the Tuesday edition of the popular Fox News afternoon show.
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After co-host Kayleigh McEnany summarized the Dodger flip-flop, Fox News contributor Marc Thiessen asked, “Imagine if the situation reversed and there was a group of straight people whose made their life’s purpose mocking LGBTQ people. Do you think they would be getting honored by the Dodgers?”
“Anti-Catholic bigotry is like the last acceptable bigtory, anti-Christian bigotry,” he continued. “And the other thing is, why do I have to experience this at a baseball game? I mean truly, it’s like the Dodgers’ job is to hit a ball, throw a ball, entertain me right? Politics and controversy has, is in every nook and cranny of our society and the purpose of sports, the last refuge of a place where we can go and just escape all of this and enjoy ourselves…and why are the Dodgers virtue signaling? And injecting politics in my baseball game and maybe that’s why MLB stadiums are empty right now, is because no one wants to be subjected to this.”
Gabbard, a former Democrat congresswoman who has become an outspoken critic of the extremism of her former party then took the floor.
“It reveals their own hypocrisy and the strength of the fear that is fomented by this cancel culture where they had to go back on it. They rescinded the invitation, and they got a lot of hate for it and they felt like they had to extend it again. The hate that they are extending not only towards Christians and Catholics, but really the message it is sending towards all people of faith is that you don’t matter in this world. You don’t deserve respect. You don’t deserve the same kind of tolerance that these kinds of groups and people are demanding…,” she said.
“Whether it’s Christians or Catholics or Hindus or Jewish people, people who of all of these other faiths, all of a sudden it’s okay to be offensive and make a mockery of and degrade and hate. But can you imagine the outrage from Ilhan Omar or Rashida Tlaib if these people were making a mockery of Islam?” Gabbard asked. “It would be a completely different story. It just again shows the hypocrisy and the double standard of today’s Democratic Party and those who abide by this so-called woke agenda that stands against freedom in this country and respect.”
When it was her turn, co-host Emily Compagno spoke of the media spin on the team’s abrupt change of heart and the blatant hypocrisy.
“If that was anti-Muslim, if that was anti-Judaism, it was anti-anything other than Judeo-Christian or Catholic, it would be deemed unacceptable, which it is,” she said.
“I just note that the Dodgers organization and their fan group for quite some time has been frankly nauseating and despicable in a lot of different arenas,” she added, referring to the violence that often erupts at sporting events in the City of Angels.
“Their fan base is notoriously violent including, just recently, when someone was beaten nearly to death for the umpteenth time. I am sick of seeing it and therefore I’m sick of seeing this, the organization now touting and patting themselves on the back for some woke virtue signaling when the realities of playing good baseball and being a good citizen in this country of, of preventing violence, of playing good ball and America’s pastime, has gone by the wayside,” Compagno said, a harsh smackdown of the Dodgers organization.
Thiessen expressed optimism that the recent backlash, including by some National Hockey League teams that have refused to wear the special homosexual “pride” jerseys before games is a sign that the tide could be turning.
“It’s backfiring on them. I mean you just had this whole controversy with the NHL where some of these players decided not to wear the pride jersey and they were labeled as bigots,” he said. “So you have to salute the flag and if you don’t salute their flag then you’re a bigot and that’s backfired on the NHL terribly… And I think that we’re gonna see sports leagues getting to saying this is too much problem for us, no more jerseys, well you know no more any of this stuff, we’re gonna back off of this because it’s not good for their business.”
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