Putting the con in conservative

Conservatives have been vocal about the need to insure "religious freedom," but it rings rather hollow after we learn that Christian evangelicals believe they are the people most discriminated against in today's world.

That is, of course, just crazy-making.

Case in point: Last Friday, the First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans hosted a town hall meeting on violence against transgender people in New Orleans in the wake of the murder of two transgender women of color on the space of 48 hours.

 photo stained_zpsjgfklrtc.jpgStanding up for transgender people proved not to be a universally popular thing to do. Yesterday morning someone decided the church's congregants needed to learn that such behavior was actually an act of discrimination against Christians and so they must be punished. A brick was thrown through a stained glass triptych relaying the story of the church's recovery after Katrina.

Rev. Deanna Vandiver, the church's community minister, said there was no evidence to suggest that the attack was motivated by the church's decision to host the town hall meeting on Friday.

Still, the church is known for its openness to members of the local LGBT community. Vandiver said the substantial media exposure Friday's event received may have "stirred up hate mongering."

Ya think? When evangelical Christians are so openly discriminated against, they strike back! Onward, Christian Soldiers!

This does not change our resolve to stand by our transgender neighbors and any neighbors who are oppressed or marginalized in our community.

--Rev. Paul Beedle

Clearly living by the precepts of Jesus of Nazareth is not to be tolerated...in the name of "religious freedom."




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