This Saturday, June 8th, the Lakewood BlueClaws are holding their first-ever Pride Night.

Team President Joe Ricciutti said

The BlueClaws consider themselves an open and inclusive organization and member of the community. We want to show the LGBT community that they are welcome at BlueClaws games, and always will be welcome at BlueClaws games.

The first 1,500 fans will get a BlueClaws Pride hat!


This is all great! Baseball is for everyone, regardless of ethnicity or religion or gender or any other classification you could fall under. But of course, some people have a stick up their butt and have to throw a fit because they need everything to be done their way, regardless of how it impacts others.

This flyer has been spotted around Lakewood:

lakewood protest

Oh boy, all those exclamation points must mean it's really serious!!!

Let's break this BS down.

  • Firstly, "abomination celebration" would be a great album title.
  • "Victimize young innocent children?"  What will happen to our kids when they're taught that it's okay to love whoever you want? What will those impressionable little minds think when people embrace each other for who they are? Won't someone please think of the children?
  • As a member of the media, I guess I'm to blame for "anti-family brainwashing", so I apologize to all the families I've ruined.
  • "Gay pride events at family venues like sporting events, bowling alleys, malls, shopping centers, or even Ocean County College." - ...Yes? That's just a string of words, I'm not sure if you're supporting or condemning or just babbling.
  • "We are a religious town" - BACK THE EFF UP. Look, I don't want to start a holy war, and as a former resident of Lakewood myself, I know how tense things can be. But come on, Lakewood is not a town made up of one and only one religious belief.
  • Just to repeat: No town in New Jersey, no state in the USA, nor the USA itself is devoted to one religion. FIRST AMENDMENT: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.
  • Finally, starting a protest at 9:30pm seems kind of a waste. But hey, maybe it's better so we can all laugh when no one shows up.

There is a bit of controversy in the Lakewood Orthodox community regarding this flyer and the protest. Some people are claiming a prominent rabbi is behind it, while others suggest that it was spread by just one person, who is known around Lakewood for his extremist beliefs.

Hopefully this is all just a stunt by some crackpot, it will just be one guy standing on his soapbox yelling into an empty parking lot, and we can all just move on with our lives, being who we want and loving who we want.

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