Rays Players Opt Out of Pride Jerseys

Kudos to these Tampa Bay Rays.  

Recently, several players for the Tampa Bay Rays major league baseball team opted out of wearing rainbow logos for “Pride Night.” Pitcher Jason Adam represented those players to reporters, saying, that while players want all to feel “welcome and loved” at games, 

“We don’t want to encourage [an LGBTQ lifestyle] if we believe in Jesus, who’s encouraged us to live a lifestyle that would abstain from that behavior. Just like (Jesus) encourages me as a heterosexual male to abstain from sex outside of the confines of marriage.” 

Adam’s clarity and his teammate’s bravery despite the furnace of public outrage reminds me of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego facing Nebuchadnezzar’s idol. They also remind me of the courage of U.S. women’s soccer player Jaelene Daniels, formerly Hinkel, who refused to wear a pride jersey in 2017. She also was castigated for her stand. 

According to Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash, instead of causing dissension, the opting out “has created … a lot of conversation and valuing the different perspectives inside the clubhouse but really appreciating the community that we’re trying to support here.”  

In other words, opting out creates real diversity and inclusion. That’s something to be proud of.

Copyright 2022 by the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. Reprinted from BreakPoint.org with permission.

Pro-LGBT Children’s Books at Public Libraries in Arkansas

As Family Council has written before, pro-LGBT children’s books have made their way into public libraries in Arkansas.

For example, the Central Arkansas Library System has Rainbow: A First Book of Pride and ‘Twas the Night Before Pride at some of its locations.

Other books like What Are Your Words? and Jack (Not Jackie) promote transgender behavior to children.

According to information published online, these pro-LGBT books are intended for kids in pre-school and early elementary school. That’s simply inappropriate.

So what can families do if they find pro-LGBT children’s books in their libraries?

Communities can take steps to remove objectionable material from their local libraries.

Library boards and librarians have leeway to establish selection criteria and make decisions about the kinds of material available on the library’s shelves.

Library patrons generally can use a Material Reconsideration Form to ask libraries to remove inappropriate material.

And voters can call on their elected officials to enact laws protecting children from objectionable material in public libraries.

Articles appearing on this website are written with the aid of Family Council’s researchers and writers.