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The Philadelphia Flyers defenseman, Ivan Provorov, took a stand for his faith and the outcome is amazing.
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Provorov’s No. 9 jersey was completely sold out on Thursday after he decided against participating in the team’s LGBT “Pride Night” because of his faith.
On Tuesday, he shocked the NHL when he decided to skip the Flyers’ warm-up period because he didn’t want to wear an LGBT Pride jersey or use a rainbow hockey stick that players were given.
He said that his Russian Orthodox faith was the reason stopping him from supporting the LGBT event and that’s why he chose not to participate.
“I respect everybody,” Provorov told reporters. “I respect everybody’s choices. My choice is to stay true to myself and my religion.”
The Flyers’ coach John Tortorella said that he respects Provorov and fully supports his decision.
“With Provy, he’s being true to himself and his religion,” Tortorella told reporters.
“This has to do with his belief and his religion. It’s one thing I respect about Provy is he is always true to himself.”
Of course, not everyone supported his decision to not participate.
NHL senior writer Greg Wyshynski criticized him on Twitter.
He called him out for wearing a jersey that supported the military, but not LGBT persons.
However, many Americans are supportive and backing Provorov’s decision.
Jersey sales went up immediately after he decided to take a stand for his faith.
As of Thursday afternoon, Provorov’s Fanatics-branded “Breakaway” jersey for men, which sells for $174.99, was sold out in every single size (from XS to 5XL).
Many athletes are lauded when they kneel during the anthem or wear a BLM shirt. And yet, Provorov was maligned by many for standing up for his own beliefs.
Provorov got it right. Wearing an LGBT shirt and participating in events supporting it is not humanitarian.
It is a religion, just like Provorov’s Christian faith. They wanted him to adopt their religious iconography.
The sinister thing is that they masquerade the LGBT movement as a civil rights issue and hide that it is very much a gnostic religion.
The LGBT movement is a branch off of the “Social Justice” movement or “Woke” ideology.
It seeks to dominate any other religions or ideologies that do not support its tenants.
In the book “Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything about Race, Gender, and Identity–and Why This Harms Everybody”, Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay speak in depth about the insidious nature of Critical Theory and “Wokeness”.
“So, marginalized people can be oppressed to the point of psychic death by not being understood, but their right to be completely incomprehensible should also be respected. Negotiating this minefield must be very difficult for the well-meaning individual determined not to oppress anybody,” they wrote”
Provorov stood up for his beliefs in a calm and wonderful way. He stood his ground, knowing that wearing a jersey or using a rainbow hockey stick was more than just a PR stunt.