The perennial also-ran Chicago Cubs have created a video encouraging homosexuality in kids, telling viewers, “The Chicago Cubs celebrate you for who you are, gay or straight.”

The video features co-owner Laura Ricketts, a lesbian; manager Mike Quade; pitcher Ryan Dempster; first-base coach Bob Dernier; and players Marlon Byrd and Darwin Barney.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs are the second Major League Baseball team to jump on the bandwagon of a campaign called “It Gets Better,” following the San Francisco Giants.

Critics, however, say they wonder just where the team and its players will be for those who pursue a homosexual lifestyle and later develop one of the consequences, such as related health problems of HIV or AIDS.

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Peter LaBarbera, president of the ministry Americans for Truth, told WND the slogan may sound nice, but it “doesn’t match the reality.”

“It doesn’t get better. … There are not just the physical complications. We can’t ignore the biblical reality that we’re dealing with eternal judgment,” he said.

“Whether they like it or not, professional athletes are role models for young men and now many yong women. They basically are using that stature to encourage kids to practice an immoral and destructive behavior.”

He said the other complications are that baseball, previously associated with wholesomeness and competition, now is “rushing headlong into the embrace of immorality.”

“Think of all these kids, with their sports heroes telling them it’s okay to be gay, with no connection to the reality. They’re all caught up in pretend propaganda that has no relationship to the lifestyle,” said LaBarbera, whose ministry is in the Chicago area.

WND reported just days ago on the estimated 25 million lives lost as a result of the complications of the homosexual lifestyle.

The report includes information from the International Journal of Epidemiology that estimated from a review of the “gay” population of Vancouver, B.C., that HIV/AIDS costs homosexuals up to 20 years of their lives on average.

The U.S. government is spending, according to a Congressional Research Services report to Congress, in the range of $20 billion a year for treatment and research, with a small fraction for prevention that, analysts explain, includes testing but largely doesn’t address the behavior itself.

That’s even though when another threat to lives and livelihood – cigarettes – was suspected of imposing such a cost, Washington mandated exhaustive studies, imposed draconian advertising limits, demanded warning labels and enacted outright bans in many circumstances. The studies said the behavior, smoking, could be changed.

“It’s a public health question,” LaBarbera said. “We’ve got to get beyond the gay politics and get back to the behaviors. We know there are high risks.”

The Cubs’ video:

The script includes the team’s personnel:

Quade: “We know how hard it is to grow up dealing with the constant peer pressure and the desire to be accepted.”

Dernier: “There’s no reason to tolerate bullying toward anyone.”

Dempster: “Hatred, bigotry and intolerance have no place in this world.”

Byrd: “Every person has the right to live safely, feel secure.”

Barney: “It is not okay for anyone to feel uncomfortable or unsafe.”

Quade: “The Chicago Cubs celebrate you for who you are gay or straight.”

Then Ricketts promises, “It does get better.”

LaBarbara said he’s already heard complaints about the campaign from traditional families, who plan to no longer patronize the Cubs.

Major League Baseball previously has dealt with a number of protests over the “gay days” promotions held by some teams, especially when they have coincided with special “family days” or “kids days.”

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