Wednesday July 26 was a day of assault on LGBT citizens. First we heard the President of the United States declare via tweet that Transgendered persons could no longer serve in the U.S. military in any capacity. Then we were alerted to the fact that the Justice Department under the leadership of Mr. Sessions has filed an amicus brief in a civil rights case, arguing that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not protect against job bias with reference to sexual orientation.
I pastor a church that is inclusive. And it is inclusive not by mere rhetoric but we are blessed by LGBT persons in the life of our church at every level, from ushers to Deacons. The humanity of these individuals is obvious and look, once a person admits that another person is a human being then it becomes virtually impossible to subject the Other to slavery, abuse or disenfranchisement. I would plead with those in the Evangelical and Catholic communities to confess this: LGBT citizens are fully human, deserving of the same legal protections any citizen enjoys under our constitution. Do not lend the name of Christ to bigotry, abuse and disenfranchisement!
Speaking as a citizen, I do not take any comfort or feel any safer because a straight male is in the White House with his finger near the nuclear button. At the end of the day, it is not his gender that makes us unsafe but it is his impulsive, cruel disposition that does so. Let me quote Jesus, “snakes and vipers” occupy the White House and the President’s cabinet. Repent and start living up to the spirit of our country’s sacred documents and ideals.