Opposing HB2

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Why Orange Durham Americans United will fight against HB2:

HB2 is a law in NC that requires people to use the bathroom that matches the gender on their birth certificate. The justification of the law was made as a “public safety issue.” Now the state of NC is on a list of place to boycott.  The entire state.

 

  • When NC Senator Buck Newton announced HB2 – he said “Keep NC Straight” showing that the law is not about protecting anyone, it is about vilifying the LGBTQ community. Divide and conquer.
  • #ProtectThyNeighbor is a program within Americans United to stand up against hate and bigotry toward marginalized groups.
  • When the law was championed, clergy from the religious right were present with law-makers to show their support. We are working to organize clergy in opposition to the law.
  • Biblical literalist religious dogma requires a horrific view of any expression of
    homosexuality
    other than chastity.
  • Biblical literalists reject the classical American commitment to equality of all citizens before the law and in society. Fundamentalist faith justifies an exclusivist and punitive attitude to LGBTQ citizens and works to codify that into law.
  • HB2 is not only an attempt to deny basic rights of these citizens, it also wants to forbid local communities from protecting those rights.  This is clearly a law based on fundamentalist religious dogma, a quasi establishment of religion.

Getting Souls to the Polls

Keeping Sacred Spaces Sacred

September 20-23, 2016

The polarization of our nation during this election year has been perplexing and often painful. Join The NC Council of Churches, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and other faith leaders to discuss the intersection of politics and religion and ways to provide a faithful witness in your own community.

Topics Will Include:

  • What can I legally discuss with my faith community as its leader?
  • What pending legislation could affect the church and state relationship?
  • How can I continue to advocate for the good of all, especially the “least of these”?

Registration is $15 to cover coffee, lunch, and snacks.

Please use this link, which includes payment options: http://goo.gl/forms/XHtkxlxcq6x2LA2u1

Or call the NC Council of Churches at: 919-828-6501

 

Workshop Dates and Locations

GREENVILLE – Tuesday, September 20, 10 am – 2 pm

@ St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 401 East 4th Street

DURHAM – Wednesday, September 21, 10 am – 2 pm

@ First Presbyterian, 305 East Main Street

CHARLOTTE – Thursday, September 22, 10 am – 2 pm

@ Selwyn Presbyterian, 2929 Selwyn Avenue

ASHEVILLE – Friday, September 23, 10 am – 2 pm

@ First United Church of Christ, 20 Oak Street