On Monday, June 5th, following a PRIDE event at the Capitol, the California State Senate, at the invitation of Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), is slated to honor the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence — an anti-Christian advocacy group that labels themselves a transgender nun order.
In recent weeks, the “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence” (SPI) have garnered substantial attention in the national media. Following a wave of public dissent, the Los Angeles Dodgers initially withdrew their invitation to the SPI for their annual “Pride” night, citing “the strong feelings of people who have been offended by the sisters’ inclusion.”
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio from Florida sent a public letter to Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, condemning the sisters for their “lewd imitation” of nuns.
“Do you believe that the Los Angeles Dodgers are being ‘inclusive and welcoming to everyone’ by giving an award to a group of gay and transgender drag performers that intentionally mocks and degrades Christians—and not only Christians, but nuns, who devote their lives to serving others?” Rubio wrote.
However, in a surprising reversal the Dodgers extended a new invitation to the “Sisters” just days later after intense backlash from LGBTQ activists, and announced the SPI would receive a “Community Hero Award” from the baseball franchise.
Rushing to their defense, Senator Wiener, condemned those offended at the SPI as a “right-wing mob.” And now next Monday, Wiener got permission to honor the work of Sister Roma of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence on the floor of the Senate as part of the Senate’s Pride month celebration.
Former State Senator Melissa Melendez had this reaction. “The California State Senate will honor the group of men who call themselves the sisters of perpetual indulgence,” she posted on Twitter. “A blasphemous anti-Christian hate group like this should be condemned, not honored.”
Reacting to these developments, the California Family Council (CFC) and The American Council (TAC) have planned a prayer vigil for Monday, June 5. Click here for details.
A statement from CFC President Jonathan Keller reads: “It’s disheartening to see the Los Angeles Dodgers, and now the California Legislature honor a group characterized by its mockery of Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular. This promotion of the blasphemous ‘Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence’ shows a clear disregard for the religious sentiments of millions of Californians. Such an act sends a troubling message to our people of faith across the Golden State.”
CFC and TAC reaffirm our dedication to maintaining the dignity of faith-based communities and promoting respect for all religious traditions.