This Trans Woman Just Made A Bold Move In The Face Of Religious Hypocrisy.
Leviticus 20:13 states ’If a man lies with mankind as he also lie with a woman, he shall be put to death’. That’s the cheery Bible song so often quoted by religious literalists when challenging homosexuality. But Pamela Raintree, a transgender citizen of the city of Shreveport, Louisiana, has used the verse to her advantage - and to the benefit of her fellow LGBT neighbours.
Shreveport City Council were preparing to vote whether or not to end workplace discrimination based on sexual preference and gender identity, after Councillor Ron Webb attempted to repeal a ban agreed in December. He apparently didn’t think that the people of Shreveport had a fair enough say and opted to dig his heels in, obviously trying to put off the inevitable. The council had heard support from various speakers, but it was Raintree whose particularly bold gesture urged Webb to drop his appeal immediately. After quoting the above Biblical passage, she held out a rock and told him: “I brought the first stone, Mr. Webb, in case your bible talk isn’t just a smokescreen for personal prejudices.”
And that’s how you call out a hypocrite. And a coward.
LGBT people in Shreveport will now have full protection under the law against discrimination in the workplace and in access to housing.
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