We had the forum on Climate Change (be it cooling – or warming – or just because we can complain – or because it enables us to punish the worst of all nations, imperialist United States) and heard all the bumper sticker talking points and outlandish foolish claims. So intense were these individuals in trying to make the most outlandish proposals they could that it brought blood to their eyes.
Now we have learned we will have another of these forums that will be held and watched by perhaps twenty-four people. The Human Rights Campaign Foundation announced Thursday it will host a CNN Democratic presidential town hall in California this fall focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer issues.
HRC said the October 10 primetime event, airing live on the eve of National Coming Out Day, will feature the largest ever audience for a Democratic presidential town hall devoted to LGBTQ issues. The candidates will take questions from the audience and CNN journalists on specific LGBTQ concerns as well as their plans to promote equality and civility.
"This town hall comes at a critical time in our fight to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people in this nation," said Alphonso David, who was recently named HRC president. "Today, in 30 states, LGBTQ people remain at risk of being fired, evicted or denied services because of who we are. Thirty-five states have yet to ban the dangerous and debunked practice of 'conversion therapy,' which is harming our young people. Hate crimes are rising, and more than 100 transgender people — most of whom are transgender women of color — have been killed in the United States in the last five years.
"Although the federal government should be protecting all residents, the Trump-Pence Administration is directly attacking our community by banning transgender troops from serving our country openly, undermining health care services for people living with HIV, and seeking to erase LGBTQ people from protections under law."
I would suggest that free speech, religious freedom, and these versus from the Bible be a part of the conversation. We have learned that the LGBT community and their advocates are trying to take the freedom of speech, religion, and the ability to refer to the Bible from people. This is worldwide, not just here in the United States.
A Finnish politician is under investigation for a hate crime — because she shared a Bible verse on her Facebook page.
Police are investigating former Interior Minister Päivi Räsänen, a Christian Democrat MP, after she shared the Bible verse.
The verse, Romans 1:24-27, accompanied a criticism of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland over its participation in the Helsinki LGBT Pride events that took place in June.
The New International Version translation of Romans 1:24-27 reads:
24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. 26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.
And please Pete Buttigieg, explain your recent preaching to Christians per your apparent strict adherence to the scriptures in light of what God says in these versus, but specifically verse 27.
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