A personal blog by a graying (mostly Anglo with light African-American roots) gay leftist leaning liberal progressive fit married college-educated former Baha'i NPR-listening Professor Emeritus now following the Dharma from California to Minas Gerais, Brasil.
Monday, July 18, 2016
Via Faith in America
Faith In America Supporters,
I want to update you with the work Faith In America accomplished this last week.
California’s SB 1146:
In the last two years, over 70+ Christian Universities and Colleges have
submitted for Title IX exemptions. These Title IX exemption requests
are in direct response to the Department of Education’s inclusion of
transgender students in 2014. This new bill would require three things:
1. Schools must disclose their request for a Title IX exemption to
prospective and current students, faculty members, and employees.
2. All schools requesting the Title IX exemption are required to submit
all the documents to the Student Aid Commission which will in turn list
the schools on their website.
3. LGBT students at any of these Christian schools would be eligible to file a civil suit for discrimination.
“These schools should have to be transparent with their students and
constituency,” I wrote. “If these institutions feel comfortable
requesting a right to discriminate then they should also feel
comfortable defending their decision publicly. Just as the schools have
their legal right to discriminate so should the students have the right
to private legal action when discriminated against. This may lead to
Christian institutions losing federal funding. That’s a good thing. No
private institution should be able to receive government assistance
while breaking its nondiscrimination laws.”
The GOP continues to push a violate anti-LGBT agenda. First, noted
anti-LGBT Tony Perkins influenced the GOP to include conversion therapy
in their platform. This adoption of this outdated and explicitly
condemned practice should be seen as an act of violence towards LGBT
people, especially LGBT youth.
Faith In America told ABC News the following: "The addition of conversion therapy in
the GOP’s platform shows they’re far from finished fighting against the
LGBT community," Faith in America executive director Eliel Cruz said in
a statement. "Conversion therapy has been denounced by all leading
medical organizations. The practice stems from a religious-based archaic
understanding of sexuality that believes homosexuality is a choice and
Next, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump selected Governor Mike Pence
as his Vice President running mate. This selection proves what many LGBT
advocates have been saying for a while: Donald Trump is just as
dangerous for LGBT people as any of the other Republican candidates.
“Governor Mike Pence has an atrocious anti-LGBT record,” said Eliel
Cruz, executive director for Faith in America, which fights
religious-based bigotry. “His bigoted anti-LGBT law cost the state
millions of dollars while allowing businesses to discriminate against
LGBT citizens. In choosing him as a VP, Trump is proving what we’ve
known all along: He’s no friend to the LGBT community.”
United Methodist Church LGBT Clergy Inclusion:
For some good news! The United Methodist Church made history in electing
the first openly gay bishop. Reverend Karen Oliveto was elected by the
Western Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church last Friday evening.
This nomination goes in direct conflict with the decision made at the
General Conference of the world Church in which the United Methodists
voted against allowing openly LGBT clergy to serve.
"The United Methodist Church is the second largest Protestant
denomination in the United States. Last night, they became the largest
Protestant denomination with an openly gay Bishop. In electing Rev.
Karen Oliveto, the Western Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church
performed civil disobedience against the world church. This is historic.
It’s also an act of spiritual protest against a homophobic policy that
denies openly LGBT clergy from ministry. This election shows the UMC is
changing and that the Holy Spirit is moving the church towards justice."