Will Conybeare and Erin Myers of KTLA write that the Los Angeles Dodgers will hold their first Christian Faith and Family Day since 2019. The event was originally suspended before the 2020 season due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
The event will include performances by Christian musicians and players, including pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who will discuss their faith with baseball fans following the game. Christian Faith and Family Day follows Dodgers Pride Night last June, an event that drew protests from some religious groups.
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The Los Angeles Dodgers are set to host their first Christian Faith and Family Day since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, and some see it as a direct response to the controversial Pride Night the team hosted last month.
Star pitcher Clayton Kershaw announced the event on Twitter back in May, and recently posted a video alongside his wife to tell Dodgers fans of the team’s plans to make the day “bigger and better” than it was before the pandemic.
The festivities include pre- and post-game performances by Christian musician Jeremy Camp, player interviews and chances to win exclusive merchandise.
Sunday night’s Christian Faith and Family Day follows the controversial Pride Night festivities that the Dodgers hosted in June, where the team invited, un-invited and then re-invited the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a non-profit LGBTQ+ advocacy group whose members dress in drag as nuns.
The group was scheduled to be honored with a community award, but the event faced backlash from religious organizations and led to protests outside Dodger Stadium and the Sisters having their invitation rescinded.
When the group had their invitation taken back, even more protests arose from the LGBTQ+ community, and the group was eventually re-invited back to the Pride Night festivities. The Dodgers apologized, and the non-profit advocates were honored at the stadium that night.