US: Southern Baptist Convention condemns trans people

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The Southern Baptist Convention has passed a motion condemning all laws protecting trans people.

The group – which is the largest Protestant denomination in the US – earlier this week elected a leader who thinks Satan ‘broke’ homosexuals.

It has now passed a motion submitted earlier this month by pastor Denny Burk, which calls on the church to lobby against all laws protecting trans people.

It reads: “We condemn efforts to alter one’s bodily identity (e.g., cross-sex hormone therapy, gender reassignment surgery) to bring it into line with one’s perceived gender identity

“We continue to oppose steadfastly all efforts by any court or state legislature to validate transgender identity as morally praiseworthy.

“We commit ourselves to pray for and support legislative and legal efforts to oppose the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and other legislation like it that would give gender identity the same legal protections as sex and race.

“We call upon all judges and public officials to resist and oppose the efforts to treat gender identity as a protected class

“We oppose all efforts by media and entertainment outlets and public schools to mainstream transgender identity in the eyes of our children.

“We call on Southern Baptist churches to commit to guard our religious liberty to teach and preach the Bible’s message about sex and gender.”

GLAAD said in a statement: [T]he church only goes on to outline how it opposes the cultural acceptance of transgender people, which has been steadily rising.

“The denomination wants to have it both ways, welcoming in everyone, and yet denying the realities of their lives.

“Instead of listening to transgender people, it chose to define them as ‘other’ and oppose their ability to live full and productive lives.”