Washington Nationals pitcher Trevor Williams said Tuesday in a statement posted to Twitter the move by the Los Angeles Dodgers to honor the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, an anti-Catholic hate group, “makes a blatant and deeply offensive mockery of my religion.”
“As a devout Catholic, I am deeply troubled by the Dodgers’ decision to re-invite and honor the group ‘The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence’ at their Pride Night this year,” Williams began his message, explaining to his followers that a “Major League Baseball game is a place where people from all walks of life should feel welcomed, something I greatly respect and support.”
— Trevor Williams (@MeLlamoTrevor) May 30, 2023
“This is the purpose of different themed nights hosted by the organization, including Pride Night,” Williams noted, and added:
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.
“Creating an environment in which one group feels celebrated and honored at the expense of another is counterproductive and wrong,” Williams asserted. “It is a clear violation of the Dodgers’ Discrimination Policy, which explicitly states than any conduct or attire at the ballpark that is deemed to be indecent or prejudice against any particular group (or religion) is not tolerated.”
Williams said it appears the Dodgers’ organization has “made an exception in this case, doubling down that this group – which grossly disrespects and openly mocks many of the traditions and beliefs that Catholics hold most dear – should be celebrated.”
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence celebrated the Dodgers’ decision to apologize to them and honor them at their pride game night event.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are offering their apologies and re-inviting the LA Sisters to be honored at their Pride Night. Please see the official comms from the Dodgers, and the LA Sisters.
Love always win! pic.twitter.com/9llgSSTnRE
— The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (@SFSisters) May 23, 2023
Williams was praised by many other Twitter users, including some well-known pro-family, pro-life, Christian, and constitutionalist commentators, while others mocked him with messages of contempt.
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— PragerU (@prageru) May 30, 2023
Thanks for letting us all know you’re another hateful bigot with a cross. But redundant, but appreciate the clarity.
— wit miller (@witmiller) May 31, 2023
This is @MeLlamoTrevor who, alone out of many professing Christians in MLB, chose to speak out on @Dodgers honoring an anti-Christian hate group that puts on obscene events mocking Jesus. An avalanche of media hit jobs are coming his way. Good time to send up a prayer for him. pic.twitter.com/Iitu3RgYoI
— Megan Basham (@megbasham) May 30, 2023
Why don’t you worry more about the untold number of children that have been molested by your religion?
— anthony (@Anthaver) May 30, 2023
Hate to break it to you pal but if the acknowledgment & existence of a people is a disgrace to your religion, then your religion is either filled with discrimination or your interpretation of it is extremely flawed
Oh and you suck
— #HowDoYouKFC (@Miles_Johnson_) May 30, 2023
Thank you, Trevor, for standing against the bigotry of the LA @Dodgers.
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) May 30, 2023
This is heroic. Thank you.
— Jon Schweppe (@JonSchweppe) May 30, 2023
Good for you, Trevor! And well said.
— Caleb Parke (@calebparke) May 30, 2023
— Terry Schilling 🇺🇸 (@Schilling1776) May 30, 2023
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), a Catholic, has also opposed the Dodgers’ decision to honor the group that has become notorious for staging obscene events that mock and desecrate Jesus Christ.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) May 25, 2023
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) May 25, 2023
If the hate group “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence” was anti-Islam instead of anti-Catholic there is zero chance the @Dodgers would be honoring them with a “Community Hero Award” next month
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) May 23, 2023
Catholic civil rights organizations, including the Catholic League and CatholicVote, have launched campaigns that urge a boycott of the Dodgers, while the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and bishops around the country, have condemned the Dodgers’ move to honor the anti-Catholic hate group.
Today we asked educators in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to let their constituents know about our response to the Dodgers giving an award to the “Sisters” at Dodger Stadium on Pride Night, June 16.https://t.co/xTvudhwxje pic.twitter.com/2tIGET6XvN
— Catholic League (@CatholicLeague) May 30, 2023
Catholic advocacy group calls for LA Dodgers boycott after franchise supports anti-Christian LGBTQ+ group | Fox News Video https://t.co/1gt9Id9RFW
— CatholicVote (@CatholicVote) May 28, 2023
The Archdiocese calls on all Catholics and people of goodwill to stand against bigotry and hate in any form and to stand for respect for one another and for religious beliefs of our communities of faith.
— Archdiocese of LA (@lacatholics) May 23, 2023
“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 said in his message. “I also encourage my fellow Catholics to reconsider their support of an organization that allows this type of mockery of its fans to occur.”
“I know I am not alone in my frustration, hurt, and disappointment about this situation,” the pitcher added. “As Catholics, we look to Jesus Christ and the way He was treated and we realize that any suffering in this world unites us to Him in the next.”
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