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Provorov puts the awakened athlete in the penalty area. They deserve it

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Hockey is one of the most exciting games on earth. However, hockey culture is remarkably boring. Rarely does anyone in sports publicly break away from the herd to say or do something interesting. Sometimes journalists lament this fact, and wish people in the game would speak more freely and show more personality.

However, anyone who says or does anything unexpected risks becoming the subject of widespread criticism. Something as simple as celebrating an unconventional goal is enough to land a player in trouble. Journalists are often part of the problem, seeing back and forth on any minor infraction because they are so hungry for fresh content.

This makes what Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov Tuesday night did the most amazing. It was Pride night for the Flyers, an event held in conjunction with the National Hockey League’s Hockey for All initiative, and he refused to participate in the preliminary skate because he did not want to wear a Pride jersey.

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citing his religion Russian Orthodox), he explained, “I respect everyone. I respect everyone’s choice. My choice is to stay true to myself and my religion.” These are the words of a man who supports a pluralistic and free society that does not demand respect.

What an opportunity for hockey journalists to report on something extraordinary – a hockey player taking a stand based on his religious beliefs! Instead, many reporters have climbed into their social media boxes and declared their inability to respect anyone who disagrees with the awakened doctrines.

“Provorov clearly doesn’t respect ‘everyone’. If he respected everyone, he would have taken part in the warm-up and put on a Pride Knight jersey. Don’t hide behind religion,” tweeted Pierre Lebrun of The Athletic.

Similarly, his teammate, Daniel Nugent Bowman, opined, “That was a terrible look at Ivan Provorov and the Flyers organization tonight. To hide behind religion so as not to be respectful and inclusive is absurd.”

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Perhaps the worst of the group was Tyler Yaremchuk, who wrote, “I’m sorry but if you use ‘religious issues’ to hate homophobes, you’re just homophobic. Lame reason.”

These reporters seem to believe that respecting people requires making political statements on their behalf. A live and let live attitude is not enough. There are officially accepted opinions, and dissent is a moral crime that must be suppressed.

Besides an apparent disrespect for Provorov’s religious beliefs—the progressive God does not tolerate any heresy—these statements reveal the totalitarianism of the awakened mind and how it infects it. hockey culturewhich somehow makes things worse.

These reporters seem to believe that respecting people requires making political statements on their behalf. A live and let live attitude is not enough. There are officially accepted opinions, and dissent is a moral crime that must be suppressed.

This is highlighted by Gord Miller’s comments. He acknowledged that Provorov “had the right to refuse to participate,” but added that “the Flyers should have responded by not letting him play in the game.”

Certainly, as Provorov’s employer, Flyers They could have removed him from the game if they wanted to. “Freedom of speech does not give you freedom from the consequences of your words and actions,” Miller concluded.

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“Consequences” is a word that cancellation likes to use. What should be the consequences of having a different point of view and quietly refusing to support a cause one does not believe in? In the words Don Cherry might have said, one commentator said that Provorov should “go back to a place where he feels most comfortable”, namely Russia! – Perfect mix of old and new hockey culture.

in CanadaThey say hockey is a religion. It became something of a cult with the popularity of wakes in sports.

People are, of course, free to disagree with Provorov and criticize him, but respect for others includes recognizing their right to follow their own conscience. The desire of the awakened to force universal approval into their views reveals an intolerable willingness to violate this most sacred right.

Fortunately, Provorov’s coach, John Tortorella, and the NHL supported his decision. Tortorella said, “With Provy, he’s true to himself and his religion. That has to do with his faith and his religion. And that’s something I respect about Provy. He’s always true to himself. And that’s where we are with that.”

This reflected a positive change of heart for Tortorella, who had already retracted a well-known statement that he would bench a player on his knees during the national anthem.

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“Players are free to decide which initiatives to support,” said a statement from the NHL.

Let’s hope the Flyers and the NHL stay in line Freedom of opinion and conscience. Then hockey will really be for everyone.

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