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Transgendered woman and the bible in Louisiana

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Christian conservatives, including the very theocratic ones, often tell us we have to structure society around the bible. Specifically, when it comes to the issue of homosexuality.

To them, gays don't deserve equality under the law because the bible says so. Neither do, of course, those who are transgender, maybe the next great civil rights movement after gays inevitably gain full rights within the U.S.

Transgendered woman Pamela Roundtree testified against a proposed change to the law in Shreveport, LA, which would have allowed discrimination because of sexual orientation or gender identity. The lone supporter of the revision to the law is one Council member Ron Webb, who previously stated that "the bible tells you homosexuals are an abomination."

What he said is true, the bible is clear on that. But then again, I believe the bible should be completely ignored.

Anyway, Pamela Roundtree's response was stunning in how good it was. She quoted Leviticus 20:13 which states that if a man lies with another man, they should be put to death, and she then stated to Mr. Webb, "I brought the first stone, Mr. Webb, in case that your Bible talk isn't just a smoke screen for personal prejudices."

Council member Webb soon withdrew his proposed bill. Roundtree is right, the religious right-wing need to be challenged on their beliefs, especially when it leads to the denial of rights. Just because a belief is religious does that mean it should be afforded with respect, especially when it impacts so many people.

The religious right-wing love quoting Leviticus 20:13, but if they do let everyone acknowledge that the are endorsing a verse for the death penalty for homosexuality. That is barbaric, and something we rightly condemn when it comes out of the Quran in the Middle East.

One point of disagreement with Pamela Roundtree, while I believe the bible does help rationalize and defend the beliefs of Mr. Webb, and others, they do believe it.

The bible is not just a defense of immoral beliefs about gays and other groups, but a cause of those beliefs. A fundamentalist religious belief leads to hatred and disdain for disliked groups, now gays, but before Jews or suffragist women.

Of course, you can support keeping religious separation from the government (in symbolism and public policy) by supporting groups like the American Humanist Assocation and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State.