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"Rainbow in the Park" in Austin, Texas, featured drag queen shows attended by children and obscene, sexualized performancesAmor 107.7/Twitter

AUSTIN (LifeSiteNews) – A Catholic health service sponsored a “family-friendly” LGBT “pride” event that took place Sunday, according to the event’s organizers. 

“Rainbow on the Creek” in Austin, Texas, lists Catholic health service Ascension Seton, part of the nationwide Ascension health network, as one of its sponsors on its website. Other sponsors include Google, PNC Bank, and Tito’s Vodka. The Catholic Church teaches that God makes a person either male or female, regardless of alleged “gender identity,” and that homosexuality is a grave evil.  

The event, which advertised itself as a “family-friendly celebration” of LGBT “pride,” featured obscene, sexual performances and drag queen shows with dozens of children in attendance. Performers included individuals called “Pelvis Wrestley” and “Roxxxy Anderson” from RuPaul’s Drag Race, a reality show that features drag queens. 

The event also featured a show called Austin Drag Queen Showcase and a drag queen story hour sponsored by Austin Public Library. 

Ascension has a history of supporting leftist causes. Ascension introduced its ABIDE program in the wake of George Floyd’s death, which is designed to help fight “racism and systemic injustice.” “To help address racism and systemic injustice, Ascension has launched a justice focused framework called ABIDE, built on the hallmark of Appreciation – Belongingness – Inclusivity – Diversity – Equity,” Ascension notes on its website. 

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“We have a shared responsibility and accountability, as individuals and as a ministry, to lead and model the changes we with to see in our communities of valuing inclusion, justice and equality for all,” stated Joseph Impicciche, President and CEO of Ascension. 

While it is not clear if Ascension endorses “gender affirming care,” the network employs a doctor in a Nashville location who specializes in “transgender care” and LGBT issues. 

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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.

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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.

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.

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Most commentators simply don't understand that loving everyone as a Christian means telling people certain actions are extremely harmful to the soul.

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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.   

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The Austin event is not the only “pride” event for children that has attracted attention. A Dallas drag show that was advertised for children has attracted conservative pushback. One of the performers at the event has a criminal record that includes dealing drugs and prostitution.

Texas Republican state Rep. Bryan Slayton said he would introduce legislation in the wake of the event that would ban children from attending drag shows. A similar law has been considered in Florida. According to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, his staff is currently looking into the legislation. 

LifeSite reached out to Ascension for comment but has yet to receive a response. 

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