Thursday, April 28, 2016

Faith communities speak out against HB2.

 — The chorus to repeal a North Carolina law that prohibits discrimination protections from being extended to gay and transgender people is growing among religious leaders across the state.
Forty-five rabbis signed a letter expressing "deep dismay" with House Bill 2, and all eight bishops of the United Methodist Church in North Carolina and four bishops of the Episcopal Church in the state issued similar letters in recent days...
... ["Due to the complexity of HB2 as well as the fact that the full legal ramifications are still being debated, the Diocese does not have a position on HB2," William Atwell, a spokesman for the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, said in an email to WRAL News]... By the way, this statement does not appear to be true. If you go to the url. we list below you can read "Public Restroom Access/Action Alert"
...March 18, 2016 - Please pass legislation, as soon as possible, that will invalidate the recently passed anti-discrimination ordinance in Charlotte. The ordinance opens bathrooms to people of any gender, thereby endangering women and children. It also infringes on the religious liberty of the Catholic Church, its schools and charities. 
Sincerely in Christ,
Bishop Peter J. Jugis, Diocese of Charlotte; Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, Diocese of Raleigh

...While many evangelical Christian leaders, such as Rev. Mark Creech of the Christian Action League of North Carolina and Rev. Ron Baity of Return America, are vocal supporters of House Bill 2, other denominations are calling for its repeal.
The Methodist bishops' letter, entitled "A More Excellent Way," came out Monday – the first day of the 2016 legislative session – saying Methodists "are called to live the hospitable welcome of God in a world with increasing boundaries, borders, fences and walls." The letter noted the "hurried passage of House Bill 2 and its resultant harm to North Carolina" in urging lawmakers to rescind the measure...
Read Further...

While some NC churches denounce HB2, others play wait and see ...
Apr 22, 2016 - ... Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Raleigh and Bishop Peter J. Jugis of ... In March, the three Episcopal bishops of North Carolina issued a letter ...

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