Major League Baseball’s St. Louis Cardinals is facing criticism from a local LGBTQ group after its decision to make former player Lance Berkman their speaker during the team’s “Christian Day” at Busch Stadium on July 30, The Daily Caller reports.
The LGBTQ organization St. Louis Pride is demanding the Cardinals reverse its decision to let Berkman speak at their annual Christian Day event.
The post-game activity features a public figure to speak about how Christianity has made an impact on their lives.
In 2015, Berkman drew flak from the LGBTQ community over his opposition to a Houston city ordinance allowing transgenders to use bathrooms opposite their biological gender.
The former Major League player explained his opposition to the ordinance during an interview, saying the ordinance steps on public liberty in order to accommodate the whims of a few.
He also said that indiscriminate tolerance is harming the country. “To me tolerance is the virtue that’s killing this country… Those are the kinds of things that lead you down a slippery slope, and you’ll get in trouble in a hurry.”