Despite criticism from the LGBTQ community, the St. Louis Cardinals decided to have Lance Berkman as their “Christian Day” speaker.
St. Louis Pride, an LGBTQ organization insisted that Berkman’s appearance at their annual Christian Day is canceled.
Christian Day is a post-game event where a public figure speaks about how Christianity has affected their life.
The LGBTQ community called Berkman a homophobe due to his opposition of a Houston city ordinance that would allow transgender people access to bathrooms opposite their biological gender.
During the interview, Berkman explained how the ordinance tramples public liberty for the whims of a few:
“The issue is, what to do about a 15 or 16-year-old boy who thinks he’s a girl and wants to shower with the girls. Maybe he is [transgender], maybe he’s confused. But I wouldn’t want him in the shower with my daughters. We shouldn’t have the rights of 2 percent of the population trump the rights of the other 98 percent.”
“Pride St. Louis is disappointed by the decision of the St. Louis Cardinals to provide a public platform for Berkman, an individual whose words and actions towards the LGBTQ+ are divisive and demeaning. We know that the Cardinals can do better, and we want to extend an offer to help them by co-organizing their official LGBT Pride Night at Busch Stadium. Let’s work together to promote love, diversity, and inclusion,” was St. Louis Pride’s response.
The Cardinals also issued their own statement, saying:
“As an organization, the Cardinals have always been committed to bringing like-minded groups together to share in the unifying experience of Cardinals baseball. We are an inclusive organization with a social responsibility to be welcoming to all types of people and organizations. We continue to try and reach out to every part of our community, and have hosted a variety of themed events like Christian Day, Jewish Community Night, Catholic Family Night, Bosnian Heritage Night, Fiesta Cardenales, and many others. We are excited to announce that we will be hosting our first Pride Night later this season (details to follow shortly) which will bring members of the LGBT Community together to enjoy Cardinals baseball.”
As Federalist Tribune reports, the Cardinals’ Christian Day is scheduled for July 30.
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