“We Dare Not Confuse Sincere Prejudice with Sincere Religion”
MCC global moderator to witness signing of presidential executive orders with NO added exemptions
The Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson is the Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), which has ministries in over 40 countries. Dr. Wilson was part of the first LGBT faith delegation to meet with U.S. White House staff in 1979, and she served as a member of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
The Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson has been invited to the White House to witness President Barack Obama sign two executive orders. The first will add sexual orientation and gender identity to the 1965 Lyndon Johnson executive order which banned discrimination based on race, religion, gender, or nationality in hiring by federal contractors. The second order adds gender identity to the list of protected classes of federal workers and was first signed by President Richard Nixon, who added disability and age. President Clinton added sexual orientation, and President Obama adds gender identity.
“We are thrilled that President Obama will sign executive orders to include sexual orientation and gender identity within Federal policies of non-discrimination. It is even more historic because no sweeping religious exemptions sponsored by conservatives will be added,” said the Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, global moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC).
“Using religious exemptions as a smokescreen for discrimination is the kind of persecution the First Amendment to the Constitution helps us to avoid,” said Dr. Wilson. “Everyone loves religious liberty, but we dare not confuse sincere prejudice with sincere religion. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people know that exemption from the law is a dangerous by-product of religious bigotry, not religious liberty.”
“MCC stands with all people of good will to support President Obama in this historic action,” said Dr. Wilson. “It is a deep honor to represent Metropolitan Community Churches at the signing event. While these executive orders will add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected classes for federal contractors and workers, we will not rest until Congress passes the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) with no religious exemptions so all Americans will be hired and fired based on their work and integrity rather than their gender identity or whom they love.”
“We know that conservatives will continue to market their prejudices under the guise of religious freedom, but we will not let their brand of judgmental Christianity be the only voice of faithful Christians that the public hears. We are LGBT and straight people of faith together who know that we are created in the image of God,” said Dr. Wilson. “We categorically reject the disastrous religious dogma that God wants Christians to hate some people.”
DATE: 13 June 2014
Contact: Jason O’Neill, MCC Communications
MCC Moderator Urges Southern Baptists to Stop Condemning God
SBC condemns transgender people and creates a climate of persecution and discrimination
The Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson is the Moderator of the Metropolitan Community Churches, which has ministries in over 40 countries. Dr. Wilson was part of the first LGBT faith delegation to meet with White House staff in 1979. She served as a member of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
The Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, global leader of Metropolitan Community Churches, spoke out today to urge Southern Baptists to learn about humanity rather than to pass resolutions that reject people based on their gender identity.
“Jesus said, ‘judge not lest ye be judged,’ but the Southern Baptist voting members ignore this core message of grace when they reject God’s children who happen to be transgender,” said the Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson. “The lives of transgender people are at stake. When a person’s outer gender does not match their inner identity, it is almost impossible for them to lead a full and meaningful life. For over 45 years, MCChas provided a church home for all people who are rejected by their churches because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Now it’s time for all churches, including the Southern Baptist Convention, to learn about the diversity of humanity as created by God. Stop condemning God for creating wonderfully diverse human beings who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer!”
“When churches reject transgender people, it contributes to a climate of rejection and condemnation,which leads to persecution and violence against transgender people,” said Dr. Wilson. “In one study, 83% of transgender people reported suffering verbal attacks, half experienced job discrimination, and a third experienced physical attacks. Transgender women of color are literally hundreds of times more likely to experience violent attacks than the average person. Where are Southern Baptists when a child of God who is transgender is murdered?”
Founded in 1968, Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) has been at the vanguard of civil and human rights movements by addressing issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, economics, climate change, aging, and global human rights. MCC was the first to perform same gender marriages and has been on the forefront of the struggle towards marriage equality in the US and other countries worldwide.