SYDNEY (LifeSiteNews) – Seven players from a Sydney-based rugby team told the team coach that they would not participate in a recent game since the team’s new jersey incorporated the LGBT flag.
Speaking at a press conference Monday, Manly Warringah Sea Eagles coach Des Hasler said that seven players – Josh Aloiai, Jason Saab, Christian Tuipulotu, Josh Schuster, Haumole Olakau’atu, Tolutau Koula and Toafofoa Sipley – chose not to play for cultural and religious reasons. The Daily Telegraph reported that several first-time players also declined to play in Thursday’s upcoming game against the Sydney Roosters.
Hasler told reporters Tuesday that he respects the players’ decision not to play. “The players will not play on Thursday and we accept their decision,” Hasler said. “These young men are strong in their beliefs and convictions and we will give them the space and support they require.”
— Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (@SeaEagles) July 24, 2022
Hasler also stated that the announcement of the jersey was executed poorly, calling it a “significant mistake.”
Peter V’landys, chairman of the Australian Rugby League Commission, told reporters that while he also respects the players’ choice, he still desires to push inclusion in the sport. “One thing I take pride in with rugby league is we treat everyone the same,” V’landys said. “It doesn’t matter your color, sexual orientation or race. We’re all equal.”
“We’ll never take a backward step in having our sport inclusive. But at the same time we will not disrespect our players’ freedoms,” he added.
Five Tampa Bay Rays pitchers are now subject to a media witch-hunt after refusing to wear LGBT symbols on their hats and shirts because of their faith in God.
One ESPN commentator called the men "bigoted" for supposedly using "religious exemption BS" to say "no" to the Pride Month clothing.
It's time to stand with these men against the intolerance of the radical left.
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The careers and lives of the five pitchers — Jason Adam, Jalen Beeks, Brooks Raley, Jeffrey Springs and Ryan Thompson — will be greatly harmed if we abandon them to the cancel culture of their critics, like ESPN's Sarah Spain.
“That religious exemption BS is used in sports and otherwise also allows for people to be denied health care, jobs, apartments, children, prescriptions, all sorts of rights,” Spain claimed.
“We have to stop tiptoeing around it because we’re trying to protect people who are trying to be bigoted...” she continued.
Now they're trying to cancel people for not wearing a gay pride patch. This is always the trajectory for the Left. First they demand tolerance, then acceptance, then celebration, then participation. Learn to say no to these people or it will never end. https://t.co/02zAKDJx77— Best selling LGBT children's author Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) June 8, 2022
These men should be celebrated for their bravery, but instead are being derided for sticking up for their Christian beliefs.
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People are being bullied into conformity by an LGBT movement that claims to be about tolerance and diversity, unless you're a devout Christian.
“Now they’re trying to cancel people for not wearing a gay pride patch,” the Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh remarked.
“This is always the trajectory for the Left. First they demand tolerance, then acceptance, then celebration, then participation. Learn to say no to these people or it will never end.”
It's hard to imagine sports columnists like Nancy Armour of USA Today attacking Muslims for their rejection of Pride propaganda, but she sees no problem in attacking these devout Christians.
Oh for God’s sake. These folks who bastardize religion to suit their bigotry would do well to actually READ the New Testament. I’d recommend starting with Matthew. https://t.co/qAK875xDhZ— Nancy Armour (@nrarmour) June 5, 2022
We hope Nancy Armour's reading of the New Testament extends to Romans 1:25-27.
Most commentators simply don't understand that loving everyone as a Christian means telling people certain actions are extremely harmful to the soul.
SIGN: These men were right to reject the LGBT Pride insignias on their hats and jerseys.
Indeed, by peeling off the rainbow logo from their jerseys and wearing the standard team hat, the five pitchers have taken a stand against an ideology that's antithetical to Christianity.
Major League Baseball (MLB) and every other professional sports league have promoted LGBTQ causes in recent years, including showcasing a “marriage” proposal between two homosexuals in front of a stadium packed with families.
Sports are no longer safe from the tenticles of the LGBT movement, with players being strong-armed into virtue signaling for causes they disagree with.
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National Rugby League (NRL) regulations dictate that all players wear matching uniforms, preventing the players from wearing alternate jerseys for the match against the Roosters. Manly was the only team that announced that it would use a pride-themed jersey this year, the Associated Press reported.
Following their announcement, the players have been subject to criticism online, being branded as bigoted and homophobic.
Dynasty Sport, the jersey’s designer, sold out of men’s and women’s sizes within a day of the announcement. A statement made Monday by the Sea Eagles stated that the two companies desired to use a pride-themed jersey for years.
“The ‘Everyone in League’ Jersey is something we’ve wanted to do for a number of years now,” said Dynasty Sport founder and director Tyler Rakich. “As soon as we got the concept locked in, all parties have contributed to make it what it is and it’s something we’re all really proud of.”
A similar incident occurred last month in the United States. The Tampa Bay Rays announced early last month that players would use pride-themed jerseys for “Pride Night,” yet five pitchers refused to play in protest, citing their Christian faith. The pitchers were subsequently labeled as bigots by a reporter on ESPN.
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