I have always enjoyed going to sporting events, and watching ones on television. I am a fan of Premier League Football [real football, not the “handball hold the ball and run, throw the ball and maybe catch it” stuff called football in America, though I was a fan of the NFL up until a few years ago. I no longer watch any of the televised games and do not go in person to any NFL games, and don’t even watch the Superbowl. Oh my, can you believe it!], European football, baseball — Major League and also Minor League ball, sports car racing, Indy car racing, and hockey — both NHL and AHL.
It’s become difficult to enjoy, participate in going to watch games and matches, and even view sporting events on television these times. Due to the constant and ever-increasing push of acts and agendas that have nothing to do with the particular sport. We’re being forced to view and listen to the utter rubbish, the lies, and the agenda of evil. Increasing in intensity and duration each season.
It is not benign. Nor merely a politicization, a leftist thing. No, more than that. Much more. And high time more folks realized this fact. Didn’t just ignore it or make light of it, or worse approve of what has taken place in the world of sports.
Between the tsunami of worldwide gambling being droned into every person watching a game or match in person, or on television or their preferred electronic device of choice and the increasing volume and intensity pushing the sexually immoral, sexually perverted, sexually deviant acts against God, nature and the Word of God to partake of any sporting event wages war within the spirit.
This is NOT what sports was created to do nor ought to be in such pursuit of, but then it’s almost unilaterally serving the Evil One rather than The Only Righteous One.
The National Hockey League is only one source of this pushing the approval of those things the reprobate, the wicked mind turns to in Romans 1 as they turn from God. This is pervasive in every professional level of sports worldwide now. And increasing.
And this so-called “cancel culture” only exists because far too many people allow it to. Due to their weakness, their lack of conviction, their lack of values, their lack of integrity, and standing firm, tall, and consistently against the onslaught of evil in this escalating spiritual war.
The so-called “cancel culture” and homosexual and transgender evil and fascist agendas have only come about and grown as they have due to the ignorance, the blindness, the compliance, the silence, the approval of those barking the loudest and getting the attention. If those opposed would reply with equal veracity, intensity, passion, and conviction the pundits, the commentators, the owners, those now in such bondage and slavery to the Evil One and his message carried out as effectively as it has been and is would perhaps pause to reconsider. And get back to sports.
But that won’t happen. Or it is about as likely to occur as all the volcanoes on earth erupting and spewing chocolate pudding rather than toxic gases and liquid magma!
Because the people have already been given over to their wickedness, their sin, and love of it preferring Satan and wickedness to the truth of God. We’re living in Romans 1. And if you desire revival it had better begin within each individual heart, spirit, and mind rather than waiting for someone else to bring it to you, to U.S. To wherever you may reside.
I pray it is in the faith and obedience to God our Father, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, and the whole inerrant infallible living and active Word of God.
Ken Pullen, A CROOKED PATH, Monday, January 23rd, 2023
NHL’s Provorov Shows the League’s Goals Have Nothing to Do with “Inclusion”
January 18, 2023
By Suzanne Bowdey
Reprinted from The Washington Stand
As someone who’s been a season ticket holder of the Washington Capitals since before Alex Ovechkin could drive, the idea of sitting through another NHL Pride Night — when everything we love about hockey is drenched in politics and phony rainbow pageantry — was a non-starter. So we sold our tickets for Tuesday’s game. Unfortunately, not everyone who wants to sit out the league’s pandering can make such an easy choice. But for Philadelphia Flyers’ defenseman Ivan Provorov, easy isn’t what mattered. Staying true to his convictions was.
While his team was wrapping their sticks in rainbow tape and skating onto the ice like an advertisement for the Human Rights Campaign, Provorov waited in the locker room, ready for warm-ups — and the NHL’s annual lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, and transgender lovefest — to be over. His decision to opt out of the special Pride jerseys and forced worship of an in-your-face agenda, was brave, especially for a league that’s increasingly following in the woke footsteps of sports’ other big three: the NFL, NBA, and MLB.
“I respect everybody, and I respect everybody’s choices,” Provorov, who’s Russian, told reporters after the game. “My choice is to stay true to myself and my religion. That’s all I’m going to say.”
But respect — which used to be the rallying cry of the lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, and transgender movement — isn’t enough. Not anymore. Longtime hockey commentators eviscerated Provorov on social media, accusing him of insulting everyone simply for holding different beliefs. Senior NHL columnist Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic wasted no time bashing the decision, arguing that if the defenseman truly respected “everyone,” “he would have taken part in warm-up [sic] and worn the Pride Night jersey. Don’t hide behind religion.”
My husband, bless his heart, tweeted back that since LeBrun is Canadian, he probably doesn’t understand things like the freedom of speech and religion. “I can respect someone without agreeing with them,” Bob fired back. “Being forced to wear political speech isn’t an American value.”
Instead of living and letting live, like the Left claimed it wanted all those years, the mob demands 100% conformity now. That means bowing down to their altar of sexual confusion — or else.
The Twitter world piled on LeBrun, pointing out the irony of the Left’s “choice” mantra. “Ohhh,” another tweeted, “so if he did ‘respect everyone’ he would have submitted. Gotcha. The problem with today is, if you don’t do as I say and kneel … or wear a pride jersey, you are immediately labelled homophobic or racist. It’s his choice. Do you understand that? “Choice”.”
TSN’s Gord Miller was just as hostile as LeBrun, admitting that while Provorov “had the right to refuse to participate,” the team should have punished him for it. “The Flyers should have responded by not allowing him to play in the game. Freedom of expression doesn’t give you freedom from the consequences of your words or actions.”
On both men’s Twitter feeds, Provorov’s defenders far outweighed his critics. “Why are we forcing other people’s beliefs on him?” one user asked. Another pointed out the hypocrisy. “It’s interesting that people are wanting him scratched for not being inclusive on a night celebrating the inclusiveness of all beliefs.” “He wasn’t disrespectful,” people pointed out. “At least he stood by his convictions. That’s more than I can say for most people today,” another said.
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Professor Andrew T. Walker highlighted the story on his account, writing, “Given today’s culture, it takes more courage to do this than it does to defend the legitimacy of miracles or even the exclusivity of Christ. Elite culture may reject or ridicule miracles and exclusivity, but it seethes at having the idols of identity questioned.”
Other moral high-horsers, like outspoken hockey writer Greg Wyshynski, tried to drag Ukrainian politics into it, taking cheap shots at the fact that Provorov didn’t mind wearing a military appreciation jersey. “Wait, so Greg, what are you suggesting here? Support of the U.S. military is a bad thing? All military supporters are homophobic? I’m happy to let you explain further, b/c I would hope that my initial reaction is wrong and that this isn’t you sending out a bat signal of sorts,” one user fired back.
To his credit, Flyers’ coach John Tortorella had the defenseman’s back. “It was really a great night. With Provy, he is being true to himself and to his religion. This has to do with his beliefs and his religion. That is one thing I respect about Provy, he is always true to himself, so that’s where we’re at with that.”
Asked why he didn’t bench Provorov for his decision, Tortorella replied, “I just think it’s unfair. I know you’re probably going to talk to Provy,” he said. “I’m not going to spend a lot of time on it. I think it was a great night, and I’m not going to get too deep into the conversation.”
Although Provorov probably felt isolated in his decision, he’s far from alone. The sports world is full of professional athletes taking courageous stands for their faith. Soccer’s Jaelene Daniels lost her spot on the women’s national team when she refused to wear a Pride jersey in 2017. Last year, she stared down the same mob, getting benched for telling the North Carolina Courage she wouldn’t sport a transgender and rainbow-themed uniform because of her moral convictions. The Courage responded by publicly apologizing for ever signing Daniels.
Over in Major League Baseball, Tampa Bay Rays’ pitchers Jason Adam, Jalen Beeks, Brooks Raley, Jeffrey Springs, and Ryan Thompson caught the team by surprise when they told management they wouldn’t wear the rainbow logo because of their biblical beliefs. In a month when even the bases were rainbow props, the idea that any player — let alone several — would refuse to go along was a shock to the pro-sports’ system.
As for the NHL, the league’s leftward lurch has come with its share of bad PR. Not only did an internal review shame the NHL as “too white,” but their overcorrection managed to create a political mess they’re still trying to clean up. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) was especially outraged by one of the NHL’s job postings in Fort Lauderdale, where only people who “identify as female, Black, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino, Indigenous, lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender, and queer+, and/or a person with a disability” were invited to apply.
“Discrimination of any sort is not welcome in the state of Florida,” DeSantis’s office said in a statement, “and we do not abide by the woke notion that discrimination should be overlooked if applied in a politically popular manner or against a politically unpopular demographic. We are fighting all discrimination in our schools and our workplaces, and we will fight it in publicly accessible places of meeting or activity.”
“We call upon the National Hockey League to immediately remove and denounce the discriminatory prohibitions it has imposed on attendance to the 2023 ‘Pathway to Hockey’ summit,” the office urged.
Meanwhile, in its rush to embrace transgenderism, the NHL held an All-Trans Draft Tournament in Wisconsin in December, bragging, “This was the first tournament comprised entirely of transgender and nonbinary players, with around 80 folks participating!”
Despite declaring “Trans women are women. Trans men are men,” the league found out just how reckless that mentality is when a biological female in their game was hospitalized after being slammed into the boards by a biological male. Because of the man’s strength and size, an otherwise innocent check turned violent. “Get a stretcher! Get a medic!” players shouted when she fell to the ice. It took 17 minutes to get her out of the rink. The league never did announce the winner of the game.
At the end of the day, Family Research Council’s Joseph Backholm told The Washington Stand, “We shouldn’t be surprised” by the vitriol directed at Provorov. “This is a competing religion,” he said of the lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, and transgender agenda. But “nobody should be forced to celebrate a belief system they don’t share. It’s like asking a Muslim hockey player to celebrate Hanukkah and wear a menorah.” Frankly, Backholm said, “The surprising thing is that only one player objected — because we can guarantee there are more players than Provorov who don’t agree with the league’s extremism. But they’re hostages to the culture. So the fact that Provorov did it alone made it even more courageous.”
The irony, Backholm pointed out, is the NHL was supposed to be celebrating people living out their truth — but when Provorov tried to live out his, he was attacked. “Pride Night wasn’t a celebration of tolerance and inclusion. It was a celebration of conformity.”
The NHL loves to say, “Hockey is for everyone.” It’s time to prove it.
Suzanne Bowdey serves as editorial director and senior writer at The Washington Stand.