Dodgers' Ace Pitcher Clayton Kershaw Disagrees With Management Over Honoring Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

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When it was announced that the Los Angeles Dodgers had re-invited the anti-Catholic drag queen group Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (SPI) to be honored on this year’s Pride Night, many fans wondered how players like Clayton Kershaw and Julio Urias, who are quite open about their faith, would react. Kershaw’s foundation had been involved in Christian Faith Day at Dodger Stadium in pre-pandemic times, and he and his wife are very involved in charitable activities in the Los Angeles area.

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On Friday Kershaw announced the return of Christian Faith Day, which will be held July 30, and on Twitter the Dodgers piggy-backed on his announcement. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times Kershaw confirmed what we suspected, that the timing was definitely related to the SPI controversy, and he made it clear that he does not agree with management on the issue.

“I don’t agree with making fun of other people’s religions,” he said. “It has nothing to do with anything other than that. I just don’t think that, no matter what religion you are, you should make fun of somebody else’s religion. So that’s something that I definitely don’t agree with.”

While people who want SPI celebrated have cast any opposition to the group’s inclusion in Pride Night as homophobic, Kershaw was clear that his opposition was to the group’s mockery of religion, and not about the sexual orientation of the members of the group. He also had not heard of the group before this controversy erupted, he said.

He said he “did the best I could to try and understand what they stood for,” but called it “tough” to see videos and other examples of the group’s portrayal of Christianity.

“This has nothing to do with the LGBTQ community or pride or anything like that. This is simply a group that was making fun of a religion. That, I don’t agree with.”

His response, which he decided upon after consulting with his wife and other people close to the couple, is not to boycott the game on the 16th, but to show support for Christianity and take the opportunity to share their faith.

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“As a team between my wife and I and different people that I respect, we talked a lot about the right response to this,” Kershaw said. “It’s never an easy thing, because it felt like it elicited a response.”

“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 said. “And that was Jesus. So to make Christian Faith Day our response is what we felt like was the best decision.”

Prior to his interview with the LA Times, Kershaw called a players-only meeting at the clubhouse to discuss the situation and presumably let his teammates know that he was going to speak out on the issue. He has also let management know his stance, he said, as part of the process of getting Christian Faith Day details finalized and announced.

“I think we were always going to do Christian Faith Day this year, but I think the timing of our announcement was sped up,” Kershaw said. “Picking a date and doing those different things was part of it as well. Yes, it was in response to the highlighting of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence [by the Dodgers].”

There will undoubtedly be those who disagree with Kershaw’s decision on the best way for him personally to voice his opposition to the SPI being honored on his home field. It should be noted that even without boycotting the game Kershaw is being skewered by “progressive” Los Angelenos, who are calling him bigoted for simply disagreeing and for his position that the Sisters shouldn’t be making fun of the Catholic faith, and who disagree with having a Christian faith day. Hopefully Kershaw will read those responses and know that for the leftists it’s not enough to achieve “inclusion.” They seek the destruction of everything good and honorable in our society, and our actions and reactions must be undertaken with that in mind.

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