Baseball Promotions Make Fundies Mad

Sunday, July 8, will be Pride Night at the San Diego Padres’ home game. What does that mean? It means the scoreboard will give a shoutout to the San Diego Pride supporters/volunteers and the National Anthem will be sung by the Gay Men’s Chorus of San Diego.

Coincidentally, the promotions for children usually take place on Sundays, and the Padres are giving away free caps to all kids 14 and under this weekend.

Guess who’s flipping out about this?

“This action by the San Diego Padres management has greatly tarnished their record as being a family friendly organization. They have truly offended the moral and religious sensibilities of literally thousands of fans. I will never look at the Padres the same way that I have over the past 40 plus years here in San Diego, enjoying its image as being pro family. It is really sad,” said Phil Magnan, the director for Biblical Family Advocates.

The Padres organization said they weren’t promoting any sort of “gay agenda”– they don’t get involved with social/political issues. They just want to sell tickets.

Team spokesman Tim Haskins told [WorldNetDaily] that the team really didn’t do anything – it was just a block purchase of tickets by a customer, in this case a “gay” organization, like any other bulk purchase.

“This is not an endorsement or partnership,” he told WND.

Of course, the Christian groups are perfectly fine when minor league and major league baseball teams hold “Faith Night” where Christian bands perform before the game and Biblical bobble-heads are given away.

But you don’t see atheists complaining about that event. Because it’s optional. You don’t have to go to the concert, and you can do whatever you want with the bobble-head. Since any organization can theoretically put together an event like this, everyone is allowed to participate. If it sells tickets and gets publicity, the teams (especially minor league ones) are interested.

No need to complain.

But try telling that to Padre fan Mike Farmer:

“This is a very slippery slope, and I hope you and [team owner] Mr. Moores will reconsider your position… If you two want to hold hands and ride in the gay pride parade, go right ahead. But please don’t bring this filth into a stadium that I helped pay for and in front of a team that I have spent thousands of dollars supporting over the years. I would sure like to know how some of the players with moral convictions feel about this travesty…”

What exactly is the slippery slope here? Does Farmer think every time a Padre hits a homer, all the gay men will sodomize children?

(via Dispatches from the Culture Wars)


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  • http://off-the-map.org/atheist/ Siamang

    Does Farmer think every time a Padre hits a homer, all the gay men will sodomize children?

    It’s the real padres that are a threat to children, not the Baseball team!

  • PrimateIR

    I live in San Diego. It is the one red spot in a very blue state and while I hadn’t seen this before, I’m not surprised about the openness with which Mike Farmer feels he can express his bigotry.

    Unfortunate, and for many of us embarrassing.

  • Maria

    Ridiculous.

  • http://www.matsonwaggs.wordpress.com Kelly

    I’m hoping that someone sends a letter to the editor in to their paper with your quote about Faith Nights. Perfect point.

  • http://www.matsonwaggs.wordpress.com Kelly

    I’m hoping that someone sends a letter to the editor in to their paper with your quote about Faith Nights. Perfect point.

  • Darryl

    Fundies are contemptible and morally bankrupt hypocrites. Damn are they blind!

  • Maria

    Fundies are contemptible and morally bankrupt hypocrites. Damn are they blind!

    I hate what they are doing to our country

  • http://globalizati.wordpress.com globalizati

    I will never look at the Padres the same way that I have…

    Oh! Is this an ex-gay conversion too?

  • Chris Corbett

    Your point about the moral equivalence to “Faith Night” fails for the following reason.

    The San Diego Padres are a private business. Therefore they can choose who they will publically endorse in a special promotional night and who they won’t. And they are completely free to allow moral considerations to govern those decisions. For example, if an atheist owned the Padres, they would have every right as a private organization to refuse special nights for religious groups, and the religious groups would have every right to criticize them for that. That’s the market place of ideas.

    The fact that they chose to allow a Gay Pride Night demonstrates that their moral considerations are, in my opinion, deficient. They either don’t think homosexual behavior is immoral, or they value the almighty dollar more than this conviction. And voicing my disapproval is hardly a double standard, for the reasons above. I believe homosexual behavior is tantamount to cheating on your spouse, and I would have the right to criticize the Padres for sponsoring an “Adulterers Pride Night at Petco.” As a private business concern, I would have hoped that they would exercise some moral discernment about this rather than give a false impression that giving the impression that homosexuality is a morally neutral issue. They should indeed be ashamed and embarrassed. And it is no double standard for fans to say so.


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