Thinking about a news story that appeared regarding Tyler Dunnington, a 2014 minor league player in the Cardinals system who quit the sport due to the high degree of homophobic commentary he encountered. I just posted the following comment on an article discussing the steps the team is taking, along with MLB’s national consultant on LGBT inclusion, Billy Bean, on my favorite Cardinals blog, http://www.vivaelbirdos.com:
As a Cards fan and longtime LGBT ally
…I’m saddened by this story. Great that [John Mozeliak, General Manager of the Cards] is saying he wants to do the right thing and great that Billy Bean is doing the work he’s doing. I guess I have to say that it’s getting harder and harder for me to continue being an enthusiastic Cards fan given the many deeply politically conservative and religiously conservative movements so many in the organization have been overtly and subtly supporting for years. When you have a major religious organization with key Cards involved among MLB players preaching a version of Christianity that views homosexual behavior as contrary to God’s will; when you have players on Cards WS championship teams declining to go to the White House for the team honors; when you have Pujols and LaRussa appearing at Glenn Beck’s rally; when you have Waino’s twitter promoting Chik-fil-a restaurants; and the frequent anti-choice radio ads during ballgames on KMOX, the act of trying to be an active Cards fan feels more and more like it requires me to enter into some kind of quiet fraternity of the very socially conservative. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not begrudging every American his/her right to his/her opinion, nor do I begrudge the members of the Cardinals family the right to express theirs too. I’m just saying that, as someone who has very different values and beliefs, it’s getting really uncomfortable for me to have anything to do with the Redbirds. And that’s so sad, as I’ve loved following the team since I was a child.
The vivaelbirdos.com article can be found here.