Joseph Graves endorsed 2016-04-26 09:37:41 -0500I am an Episcopalian. I attend church regularly and work for a variety of church committees associated with social justice issues. I do this because I believe that God requires us to love our neighbors and to work for justice. That said, I do not believe that religion should in any way determine secular practice and law. I am particularly offended when some people hide behind their religious beliefs to perpetuate bigotry and ignorance (as is currently happening with anti-LGBT legislation).
On April 18, 2016 about 30 pastors shamefully stood in Legislative Plaza and spoke in favor of the anti-transgender student bathroom bill. And religion was used to advance the counseling discrimination bill. Many more clergy across Tennessee publicly opposed both bills.
Whether you're religious or not, aren't you tired of religion being used to support discrimination in our laws? If so, endorse this statement:
We oppose the use of religion to justify discrimination in Tennessee law. To use religion to divide us in our public life violates the spirit of the U.S. and Tennessee Constitutions, does harm to the people of Tennessee, and brings scandal to religion.Endorse