Tuesday, January 31, 2017

VA pastors call upon the legislature to "protect children from predatory" SOGI agenda

Rev. William Cook
Rev. William Cook
Conservative Christian pastors in Virginia will be meeting on Wednesday to oppose and protest the legislature's rejection of a discriminatory law in the Commonwealth harsher than North Carolina's HB2. It would have required schools to notify parents if their children show any signs of being trans.

According to the press release: “VIRGINIA PASTORS CALL UPON GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO PROTECT STATE’S CHILDREN FROM PREDATORY “SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY (SOGI)” AGENDA.” They go on to state:
Black Robe Regiment of Virginia, Virginia Christian Alliance, Watchmen on the Wall, The Virginia First Foundation Virginia pastors and other members of the clergy will announce their active opposition to the “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI)” agenda, and efforts to mainstream sexual perversion, and indoctrinate Virginia’s children in our public schools.
The meeting was organized by Rev. William Cook who is the founder of the Black Regiment of Virginia, sometimes known as the Black Robe Regiment of Virginia. Whichever it is, it seems to be affiliated with David Lane's American Renewal Project which authored the press release. For those unaware, David Lane — financed by American Family Association — seeks to effect a theocracy in America by replacing all of our elected officials with conservative Christian preachers. American Family Association is designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

Calling gay and transgender people predators is just raw bigotry. It is also factually inaccurate. The bill (which has been tabled in committee) is HB1612. It reads:
Physical Privacy Act. Creates the Physical Privacy Act, which requires that a government entity provide for members of the opposite sex separate restrooms and other facilities in a building owned, leased, or otherwise controlled by the entity. The bill provides that, subject to certain exceptions, no individual shall enter a restroom or other facility designated for use by members of the opposite sex. The bill creates a civil cause of action against a government entity for an individual who accesses a restroom or other facility designated for use by members of such individual's sex and encounters a member of the opposite sex if the government entity allowed the member of the opposite sex to use such restroom or other facility or failed to take reasonable steps to prohibit such use. The bill also requires that the principal of a public school notify within 24 hours the parent or guardian of a child attending such school if the child requests to be recognized or treated as the opposite sex, to use a name or pronoun inconsistent with the child's sex, or to use a restroom or other facility designated for the opposite sex.
Imagine the shit storm if the legislature tried to pass nondiscrimination protections.

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