Stop using religion to discriminate in Tennessee

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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.

Who's endorsing

869 endorsements
5,000 endorsements

Will you endorse?

  • Hector Bertin
    endorsed 2016-04-25 23:58:12 -0500
  • Jane Shehane
    endorsed 2016-04-25 23:23:06 -0500
  • Emily Newby
    endorsed 2016-04-25 23:21:05 -0500
  • Chelsea Boone-Belcher
    endorsed 2016-04-25 23:06:13 -0500
  • Amy Campbell-Pittz
    endorsed 2016-04-25 22:56:19 -0500
  • Tee Rowe
    endorsed 2016-04-25 20:34:02 -0500
  • Jason Shawhan
    endorsed 2016-04-25 15:01:53 -0500
  • Laura Anderson
    endorsed 2016-04-25 11:46:32 -0500
  • Lori Pflugel
    endorsed via 2016-04-25 11:24:21 -0500
  • Amanda Clay
    endorsed 2016-04-24 22:34:53 -0500
  • Richard Dugger
    endorsed 2016-04-24 20:16:06 -0500
  • Alan Stogner
    endorsed 2016-04-24 11:45:17 -0500
    The purpose of religion is to provide personal, individual guidance and to enhance a personal relationship with God, not to use as a tool of hate and discrimination against others. If one believes the book of any religion is to be used to promote hate and segregation against certain members of society, one clearly needs to read it again, the point has been missed!
  • Sara Melamed
    endorsed 2016-04-24 10:54:19 -0500
    The legislature needs to stop focusing on their religious beliefs and start serving the very diverse population that they represent. It’s time to stop letting the beliefs of the majority override the rights of the minority. It would be helpful if the legislature would stop trying to pass legislation that violates the establishment clause of our state constitution.
  • Linda Wynans
    endorsed via 2016-04-24 09:06:25 -0500
  • vicki winston
    endorsed 2016-04-24 08:56:32 -0500
  • Susanne Cruey
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-04-24 04:35:16 -0500
    I'm tired of religion being used to discriminate in Tennessee. Aren't you?
  • Susanne Cruey
    endorsed 2016-04-24 04:34:40 -0500
    Using religion as a tool to discriminate shows that those who claim it’s in the spirit of God, or the teaching of Jesus, either don’t know anything about Jesus, or they are just liars . Anyone who has even a rudimentary knowledge of the teaching of Jesus knows that being judgemental is the FIRST lesson Jesus teaches us that is wrong. I also want to say that this country was based on a separation of church & state, & the majority of the Founding Fathers, had a very low opinion of religion. The real reason for these discriminatory Bills is to support the homophobic conservative bigots that think they have more rights that everyone else. I have lived in TN my whole life & I vote as does my husband, in every election from dogcatcher to President, & I will not only vote against elected officials who vote to infringe on the rights of ALL Tennesseans, I will also do all I can to shire a bright light on this kind of discrimination, & actively fight to vote out any lawmakers who do not fight for equal rights for all Tennesseans.
  • Virginia Solomon
    endorsed 2016-04-23 19:18:22 -0500
  • Pancho Savery
    endorsed 2016-04-23 18:44:51 -0500
  • Kayla Adams
    endorsed 2016-04-23 18:08:17 -0500
  • Jeff Irick
    endorsed 2016-04-23 17:52:30 -0500
  • Maggie Mae Parker
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-04-23 17:19:00 -0500
    I'm tired of religion being used to discriminate in Tennessee. Aren't you?
  • Margret Parker
    endorsed 2016-04-23 17:17:09 -0500
    Nothing upsets me more than when people use religion, especially the bible, to discriminate against people and their way of life. There is nothing lower and more pathetic than that, in my opinion.
  • Carol Baird
    endorsed 2016-04-23 13:15:29 -0500
  • Dr Tim Stewart
    endorsed 2016-04-23 11:39:22 -0500
    I encourage all members of the clergy to make this endorsement. Let’s step up to support a world that works for everyone.
  • Tamara Braithwaite
    endorsed 2016-04-23 10:59:22 -0500
  • Deb Patterson
    endorsed 2016-04-23 07:46:58 -0500
  • Claudia Nygaard
    endorsed 2016-04-23 06:46:50 -0500
  • Mike Broyles
    endorsed 2016-04-23 05:05:59 -0500
  • donivan potter
    endorsed 2016-04-23 02:47:21 -0500
    Bullies always seem to need to hurt others; however, I still do not understand religious bigotry. These people seem fine with what they deem as sin when it is concerning anything or anyone other than themselves. I also do not understand why reading and research is so difficult for them; to pride ones self in ignorance is just foolish. If you truly believe in a God, imagine what if you are wrong in condemning others and what that means for your soul. I guess since you condemn so easily you have no fear of God and thus do not truly believe as you say; actions speak louder than words. Adding to peoples suffering is just wrong and contradictory to doing good. Hope my signature helps, I too am tired of religion being used as a weapon of hate.

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