LAKEWOOD, N.J. (CBS) – A rabbi is calling for people to protest the Lakewood BlueClaws’ Pride Night outside FirstEnergy Park on Thursday. Rabbi Yehuda Levin posted three videos urging the community to protest the organization’s Pride Night event.
Shortly after Levin posted the videos online this week, a flyer is reportedly being circulated around the community calling for a protest Thursday at 9:30 p.m. on the corner of New Hampshire and Cedar Bridge Avenues in Lakewood.
“This abomination must stop!!! Come out and protest!!!” the flyer reads. “Our children are already bombarded in schools/media/entertainment with terribly anti-family brainwashing. Gay pride events at family venues like sporting events, bowling alleys, malls, shopping centers or even Ocean County College.”
According to the Greater Lakewood, a 25-year-old who is a “strong follower” of Levin is behind the flyer and plans to protest by himself.
The BlueClaws, who are the Philadelphia Phillies’ Class A affiliate, will celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month on Saturday with Pride Night. The team will hand out rainbow-colored hats to the first 1,500 fans and will have a fireworks display.
The BlueClaws consider themselves an open and inclusive organization and member of the community,” BlueClaws president Joe Ricciutti said in a press release. “We want to show the LGBT community that they are welcome at BlueClaws games, and always will be welcome at BlueClaws games.”