No official word from the Braves as to why they asked that Focus on the Family no longer be included, but we’re guessing that the promotional materials passed out by the organization about a website they run have something to do with it. According to Think Progress, the website, called TroubledWith.com, features such virulently anti-gay content as:
Male homosexuality is a developmental problem that is almost always the result of problems in family relations, particularly between father and son.
The following factors can also contribute to the homosexual orientation: pornography; spousal abuse in the home; molestation and pedophilia…
‘Mom…I’m Gay’: The story of one woman who heard these devastating words.
While it’s good that the Braves have chosen to disassociate themselves with Focus on the Family, that organization remains a cosponsor of several other Faith Day events at baseball games this summer. And, as we addressed in a previous post, Faith Days remain to be objectionable events, with or without Focus on the Family. As sportswriter Dave Zirin told the Washington Blade, “Whether a repellent group like Focus on the Family is involved or not, religion belongs in Major League ballparks like a fish belongs on a bicycle.”
If you’d like to voice your opinion, contact information for Faith Day promoters Third Coast Sports and for Focus on the Family is below:
Third Coast Sports
2021 21st Ave. South
Nashville, TN 37212
Email the CEO of Third Coast — [email protected] — and urge him to completely sever their ties with Focus on the Family.
Focus on the Family
Colorado Springs, CO 80995
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