Trans Pastor To Texas Bathroom Bill Supporters: ‘Stop Using God As An Excuse To Hate People’

From Huffington Post:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/transgender-pastor-texas-bathroom-bill_us_58bfe764e4b0d1078ca263de?section=us_queer-voices

“In the beginning, God created humankind in God’s image. … So God is transgender.”

By Hayley Miller
03/08/2017

A transgender pastor is lashing out against people who cite God as their reason for supporting a controversial Texas bill that aims to prevent trans people from using public bathrooms that correspond best with their gender identity.

The Rev. S. David Wynn, a senior pastor from Agape Metropolitan Community Church in Fort Worth, Texas, spoke Tuesday to hundreds of LGBTQ advocates protesting the bill outside the state Capitol in Austin.

“In the beginning, God created humankind in God’s image. … So God is transgender, ” Wynn said, to which the crowd roared in approval. “We’re all created in the image of what is holy and divine and sacred, and we should all be treated that way.”

More than 200 people, including Wynn, testified against Senate Bill 6, known as the “Texas bathroom bill,” during a public hearing with the Senate State Affairs Committee that began Tuesday morning and spilled into Wednesday morning.

Despite more than 13 hours of mostly oppositional public testimony, the committee voted Wednesday 7-1 in favor of the proposed legislation. The bill will now advance to the full Senate, where its passage is all but assured. Many senators, including the majority of Republicans and one Democrat, have already voiced support for the bill.

During Tuesday’s hearing, Democratic state Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. cited “God’s creation” as one reason he supports the bill.

“God created everything as far as I’m concerned, but especially man and woman,” Lucio said.

Wynn blasted the senator’s message during his address outside the Capitol.

“We’re going to stop using God as an excuse to hate people,” Wynn said of the bill’s religious supporters, before paraphrasing author Anne Lamott. “If God hates all the same people you do, then you’ve created God in your image.”

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Gutting Health Care Will Kill Americans | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann | GQ

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Trump’s Dominionist Prayer Warriors Organizing To Build Christian Nation

From Right Wing Watch:  http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/trumps-dominionist-prayer-warriors-organizing-to-build-christian-nation/

By Peter Montgomery
March 14, 2017

The dominionist prayer warriors of POTUS Shield, a project launched by Trump-supporting “apostles” and “prophets” immediately after his election victory, met in Ohio last week to further their plans to take full advantage of their new high-level access. Among their goals: “sweeping” the federal courts of any judges whose rulings are not to their liking, ending abortion, getting rid of marriage equality for same-sex couples, bringing “official” prayer and Bible reading into the nation’s schools, and making America the Christian nation they believe it was meant to be.

POTUS Shield’s leaders view politics as spiritual warfare, and believe that Trump’s election has given the church in America an opportunity to spark a spiritual Great Awakening that will engulf not only America, but the world. They believe that a triumphant church establishing the kingdom of God on earth will set the stage for Christ’s return. Former Trump campaign adviser Frank Amedia, a leader of POTUS Shield, said that the POTUS in the group’s name does not refer only to President of the United States, but also to the Prophetic Order of the United States.

POTUS Shield gathered at Amedia’s church in Canfield, Ohio, last Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  They say that God has revealed that northeastern Ohio will spark the spiritual revival to come, which is why part of the gathering was devoted to promoting one of Lou Engle’s “The Call” rallies, which will be held at Cleveland’s The Q sports arena this summer.

Another local focus of the gathering was praying for God to change the heart and mind of Governor John Kasich, who vetoed Janet Porter’s abortion-banning “heartbeat bill” even while he signed other restrictions on women’s access to abortion. Ohio Religious Right leaders are hoping to force Kasich’s hand by returning the bill to his desk with what they hope will be large enough margins to overturn a veto.

Over the course of the three days, interspersed with Pentecostal worship, liturgical dancing, speaking in tongues, blowing shofars, and waving Israeli flags, Amedia, Engle and other POTUS Shield leaders put forth their vision of an America under God’s reign and of POTUS Shield’s plan to bring it about through prayer, political engagement, and 50-state organizing.

At Thursday’s opening session, POTUS Shield council member Mark Gonzales, head of the Hispanic Action Network and David Barton’s National Black Robe Regiment project, made the Christian-nation goal explicit:

You’re gathering us here, in this place, as your leaders, God, to declare your words and to release your power, even more so, God, upon this nation. We’re declaring that America belongs to you. We’re turning it back to you. We’re ushering you back in to have your way. We’re declaring that your destiny will be fulfilled. … God, we’re refusing to allow Satan have his way with this nation. … God, we’re here to shift the nation. God we’re here to put it back on track by your spirit and by your power. … America belongs to you. America belongs to you. America belongs to you.  … God, you founded us on a Judeo-Christian ethos, and we’re declaring that yes, America is and will be a Christian nation, like never before.

Gonzales, who said that he received a lot of criticism for promoting Trump’s candidacy, told participants it didn’t matter how they had voted; the fact is that the Trump administration is now giving them access to the White House:

Our point here is God, you’ve given us a new wind, a new administration. I don’t know what his walk is, and it don’t matter. All I know, that he’s letting biblical principles go forth, and I’m gonna latch onto this thing, and we’re gonna pray, and we’re gonna seek your face, and we’re gonna turn the country. You’ve given us access into the White House again. You’ve given us access into Congress again. You’ve given us access to these high places of authority in the natural and politically and now we’re going to take ‘em over by the spirit of the almighty God. That’s what this thing’s about…

Gonzales added policy specifics, praying,

Lord, what you’re trying to get done, even with the heartbeat bill, we’ve been crying out to you, Lord for decades, for decades for you to move, and we’re believing the hour has come. Lord yes, we’re going to overturn Roe v. Wade. The hour has come, that abortion, God, will be overturned in America. The day is come, God, yes, that abortion will be illegal. The day is coming, we’re going to overturn, God, marriage at the Supreme Court. The day is coming that prayer is coming back to school. The Bible is coming back to school. Lord, we’re declaring, those days are ahead, and our eyes are going to see your move take place…

During Saturday’s closing session, when participants were being exhorted to devote themselves wholly to this world-changing project, Amedia declared, “This is a radical house. This is a radical ministry. POTUS Shield is not for your common, complacent church-pew person.”

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Dan Patrick Compares Bathroom Bill Fight to Alamo at Briefing Hosted by Anti-LGBT Hate Group

Damn Patrick is a Texas sized Trumphole and total moron.

From The Texas Observer:  https://www.texasobserver.org/bathroom-bill-dan-patrick-alamo/

At pastors’ briefing, Senator Lois Kolkhorst calls her filing of the bathroom bill a ‘spiritual’ decision.

March 7, 2017

On the eve of a committee hearing on his anti-transgender bathroom bill, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick compared the fight for passage of the measure to the Battle of the Alamo.

Patrick made the comments during a Monday briefing for pastors hosted by the Family Research Council, an anti-LGBT hate group, at the headquarters of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a corporate-funded right-wing think tank.

Addressing the bathroom bill, Senate Bill 6, Patrick called on pastors to “go out and win this fight for America.” He added that “a strong America depends on a strong Texas,” and said SB 6 is about “Texas values.”

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Wave of Vandalism, Violence Hits LGBTQ Centers Across Nation

From NBC News:  http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/wave-vandalism-violence-hits-lgbtq-centers-across-nation-n732761

When Ruby Corado arrived at her office on Sunday, she found broken glass everywhere, a door ripped off its frame and a shaken staffer.

Corado told NBC News a man had burst into Casa Ruby — the Washington, D.C. drop-in center and advocacy organization for transgender women she founded in 2004 — and demolished a door and physically attacked a trans woman working at the center.

“He grabbed something and threw it at her. It hit her on the arm. Then [he] walked toward her and said, ‘I’m gonna kill you, faggot,'” Corado said. “Everyone was trying to control him. He goes to the door and leaves, then a brick comes flying through the door from the outside.”

This is the third time in just two weeks that men have come to Casa Ruby to harass and attack the transgender women that meet there for support and companionship. And D.C. is not the only city to see its local LGBTQ community center hit by violence or vandalism in recent weeks.

In February and March, a spate of hate incidents occurred at LGBTQ community centers and similar venues across the nation, in a trend that has gone underreported.

On March 6, a drive-by shooting targeted the Tulsa, Oklahoma headquarters of Oklahomans for Equality. The very next day, a man entered the center harassing and threatening staff, reportedly saying “I wish you all would die.” The center’s executive director, Toby Jenkins, told The Tulsa World it was the most serious incident he’d seen in 12 years.

LGBTQ community centers in Los Angeles and Milwaukee were hit with hate graffiti in February, with workers in L.A. arriving to see “F**k Trannies” spray-painted across the walls. Milwaukee’s Diverse & Resilient center was covered in paint reading “Fag.”

The vandalism incidents do not appear to be connected to each other, but several similar attacks occurred at LGBTQ nonprofit offices, bars and at schools.

Churchgoers in New Orleans were startled on Sunday morning when a brick flew through a stained-glass window. Members of the LGBTQ-affirming First Unitarian Church had held a widely publicized town hall on anti-transgender violence less than 48 hours prior to the attack. Rev. Deanna Vandiver told The Times-Picayune the town hall may have “stirred up hate mongering.”

The offices of New Jersey’s Garden State Equality and Orlando’s Equality Florida were both vandalized about a week apart. On February 24, someone smashed the windows at Equality Florida, and two men kicked at the front door of Garden State Equality until it shattered on March 4.

Last Wednesday, police arrested an Indiana man they said threatened to carry out a Pulse-style shooting at a local gay bar. Police said the man entered Olly’s Bar in Indianapolis and told an employee, “I’m going to hold all of you hostage.” He also told police he had a Glock, a machete and a derringer.

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What were you wearing? – Tracey Ullman’s Show

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