Aug 072017
 
500 religious leaders send strong message to Australia's PM

As the Australian government heads into the party room for an emergency meeting to debate how to move forward on marriage equality, more than 500 religious leaders have declared their support.

The leaders from various religions have sent an open letter Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his government supporting marriage equality.

The letter comes a day after conservative Senator Dean Smith’s draft Bill on the issue. His Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017 would allow religious organizations to refuse to marry same-sex couples.

The largest number of signatories came from the Uniting Church of Australia (22%), Anglicans (18%) and Catholics (13%). The leaders have signed alongside religious leaders from Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim and Hindu communities.

‘Marriage equality is a basic human right, Islam is a religion that promotes all human rights not some human rights,’ said Imam Nur Warsame of Marhaba.

‘It will help a lot of young people gain confidence because they are in an environment that says to them that they are wrong and impure, marriage equality will help a lot in the LGBT Muslim community gain confidence.’

Rabbi Shoshana Kaminsky of the Beit Shalom Synagogue in Adelaide signed the petition because she believes in equal rights.

‘I’ve signed this petition because I believe that all human beings are created in God’s image and so are entitled to the same legal rights,’ she said.

‘It is my privilege to know people in same-sex relationships whose commitment to one another is just as deep and lasting as those in heterosexual relationships.’

Commentators have claimed Australia might be closer to achieving marriage equality than ever before. But some are predicting the Liberal Party meeting will push for an already defeated plebiscite and if that fails a postal public vote.

The Equality Campaign’s executive director Tiernan Brady said marriage equality would not impact on faith or religious institutions.

‘These religious leaders support civil marriage equality because of their faith and values, not despite it,’ he said.

‘Their letter reflects the will of the majority of people of faith in Australia who want marriage equality to happen.’

Read the open letter here:

Dear Prime Minister,

We write to you as clergy, lay leaders, people of faith and LGBTI people of faith, from across the diversity of religions and faith communities in Australia.

We believe we are all equal (in the eyes of G-d)*, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status. We urge faith leaders to promote equality and inclusion for all people.

As people of faith, we understand that marriage is based on the values of love and commitment and we support civil marriage equality, not despite, but because of our faith and values.

We support a change to the legal definition of civil marriage to include LGBTI people’s relationships and families, a change that the majority of Australians support.

We urge people of faith to exercise their freedom of conscience to stand up for civil marriage equality as a matter of social justice.

We call on politicians to show leadership and unite to make civil marriage equality a reality for every Australian.

Yours sincerely,

Religious leaders.

(*signatories from theistic faiths include this clause)

MY RESPONSE to a imaginary letter of the godly against marriage equality.

Dear Prime Minister,
We the religious of the signed letter want to point out that we love God, we do not however love gays enough to give them equality of marriage. We are proud to quote the homosexual abomination from Leviticus – Yes, we realize that it was written 3,500 years ago. We give credit to God for all the scientific inventions since then, particularly in the area of medicine and psychiatry. We do not agree with the World Psychiatric Association that wrote a letter representing 250,000 psychiatrists in 181 countries. Can you imagine that they wrote, “homosexuality cannot be reversed therefore it is NOT a choice!” We stick to the 3,500 year old verdict.

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Aug 072017
 

2016

Courageous student, Ali Chaney

A 13-year-old Texas girl is speaking out after her school told her a pro-LGBTQ shirt she was wearing was a violation of the school’s dress code policy.

Eighth-grader Ali Chaney and her mother, Cassie Watson, believe the shirt reading “Some people are gay, get over it,” does not qualify as disruptive under the policy.

“I would never, ever have expected it from the administration,” Watson told KCEN News.

“I would think that the administration would be the first ones there to support her.”

Watson says she got a call this past Monday from her daughter, in tears after being sent to the principal’s office at SC Lee Junior High School in Copperas Cove, Texas.

Chaney, who identifies as homosexual, says school officials told her to change her shirt.

“It’s just a shirt, and it’s not hurting anybody,” Ali told KCEN News.

Yet Chaney says that policy is not enforced universally, showing a KCEN reporter a photo of another classmate wearing a shirt implying U.S. President Barack Obama is a Muslim Communist.

In that case, Chaney says no disciplinary action was taken by the school despite the shirt’s obvious political message.

Cassie Watson says she’s filed a complaint with the school board and is hopeful they will offer an apology to her daughter.

To make a long story short here we go: we had a girl with two mothers wear a pro-LGBT shirt about the gay agenda, and she got in  trouble one day earlier this year and was sent to the principals office where she was met with not just the elementary principal but also the middle school and the high school principal.

We brought the ACLU involved, as well as responses from Equality Texarkana, and the organization went they budged a little bit but not enough except for the third time, the third time they made as a requirement for their professional development

Baby steps, baby steps, if you want 2 organizations to support there is the ACLU and Equality Texarkana.

To make a long story short here we go: we had a girl with two mothers wear a pro-LGBT shirt about the gay agenda, and she got in  trouble one day earlier this year and was sent to the principals office where she was met with not just the elementary principal but also the middle school and the high school principal.

We brought the ACLU involved, as well as responses from Equality Texarkana, and the organization went they budged a little bit but not enough except for the third time, the third time they made as a requirement for their professional development

Baby steps, baby steps, if you want 2 organizations to support there is the ACLU and Equality Texarkana.

Here is the response to appeal #3 – IT’S A VICTORY DANCE

“Texarkana ISD is adding to its professional development program, training from the manual, “Strengthening The Learning Environment: A School employee’s Guide to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues:”  for all professional employees.  This training will be delivered through Eduphoria (Public School Works).  A certificate will be given upon successful completion of the course to employees scoring a minimum score of seventy-percent.”

Courageous student