Kershaw, who is a three-time Cy Young Award winner and likely a first-ballot Hall of Famer, has been open about his faith since the beginning of his career, and he has often leveraged his resources and platform for humanitarian efforts, both at home and abroad.
“I don’t agree with making fun of other people’s religions,” Kershaw went on to say. “It has nothing to do with anything other than that. I just don’t think that, no matter what religion you are, you should make fun of somebody else’s religion. So that’s something that I definitely don’t agree with.”
Kershaw said that seeing videos of events held by Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence was “tough,” and he felt that the announcement that the group would be honored by the team “elicited a response.”
“For us, we felt like the best thing to do in response was, instead of maybe making a statement condemning or anything like that, would be just to instead try to show what we do support, as opposed to maybe what we don’t,” Kershaw said. “And that was Jesus. So to make Christian Faith Day our response is what we felt like was the best decision.”
Clarifying that he was referencing Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence specifically rather than LGBTQ+ Pride Night generally, Kershaw said, “This has nothing to do with the LGBTQ community or pride or anything like that. This is simply a group that was making fun of a religion, that I don’t agree with.”
Nevertheless, Kershaw will reportedly not boycott the event.
Speaking about the upcoming Christian Faith and Family Day, which he has spearheaded, Kershaw said, “It’s our opportunity to be able to kind of share our testimony of what we believe in and why we believe in it, and how that affects our performance on the field.”
“It’s a great opportunity to see the platform that Jesus has given us and how to use that for his glory and not ours,” he added.