“The Episcopal Church has been clear about our expectation that every member of the LGBT community is entitled to the same respect and dignity as any other member of the human family. Our advocacy for oppressed minorities has been vocal and sustained. The current attempts to criminalize LGBT persons and their supporters are the latest in a series, each stage of which has been condemned by this Church, as well as many other religious communities and nations. Our advocacy work continues to build support for the full human rights and dignity of all persons, irrespective of gender, race, national origin, creed, sexual orientation, physical and mental ability or inability. To do less is effectively to repudiate our membership in the human community. No one of God’s children is worth less or more than another; none is to be discriminated against because of the way in which she or he has been created. Our common task is to build a society of justice for all, without which there will never be peace on earth. Episcopalians claim that our part in God’s mission is to love God fully, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. That means all our neighbors.”
—The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church
Kind of grossed out by all the “OMG redneck North Carolina!!” comments I’m seeing all over the place. Homophobia and discrimination against LGBTQ folks isn’t specific to the South, California and Maine also passed similar measures. Until we address this as a national problem, how can anything change?
There is nothing inherently political about providing safe spaces to all members of the Berry College community; however, using the college as an ideological prop to promote a religious and cultural agenda without the direct consent of the community is indubitably a result of the influence of outside politics on our college’s affairs. Indifference and apathy to the suffering and abuse of others merely for the sake of presenting a pristine quasi-Christian image is unjustifiable.
Please sign the Change.org petition to change Berry College for the better.
It Gets Better : Harvard Graduate School of Education
I don’t think I dislike any organization more than Focus on the Family.
“A man can be wiser today than yesterday”