Conversion Therapy Law/LGBTQ Map

Obsessing with sin, as the Religious Right do when they constantly think and talk about non-heterosexual, traditionally conservative sex, ends up piquing the curiosity of “the knowledge of the sins of the flesh”, the “forbidden fruit”, the Apple on the Tree in the Garden of Eden, with the Serpent tempting people to indulge; or, however the temptation and sin thing is supposed to work…

Many Christians have fallen to the temptation, and publicly. Many more Republican politicians and church leaders have made the headlines than liberal or Democrat counterparts. Maybe that is because sexual persuasion is a non-issue and non-topic of conversation among many people, and the only headline is that it is an anti-LGBTQ+ legislator or religious leader behaving hypocritically, sometimes criminally. The same situation applies to heterosexual adulterers, but the Religious Right feels LGBTQ+ is an abomination to God and are sometimes passionate about it to an extent that they’d rather do something extreme than allow for it to exist. They take it very personally and feel they have to do everything they can to eradicate it. Sin has hellfire at its end, after all. But Jesus saves when you ask for forgiveness for any sin except blasphemy.

Hypocrisy becomes dangerous when laws become discriminatory.

New York Passes Historic Transgender Anti-Discrimination Law The Daily Beast The State Senate has passed the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), which adds gender identity as a protected class in housing, employment, and public accommodations. Samantha Allen January 15, 2019

Evangelical group wants gays removed from anti-lynching bill NBC News  Liberty Counsel Chairman Mat Staver opposes including the words “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in a federal anti-lynching billJan. 9, 2019 By Brooke Sopelsa

“The old saying is once that camel gets the nose in the tent, you can’t stop them from coming the rest of the way in,” Staver said in an interview with conservative Christian news outlet OneNewsNow. “This is a way to slip it in under a so-called anti-lynching bill, and to then to sort of circle the wagon and then go for the juggler [sic] at some time in the future.”

Staver told OneNewsNow that his organization, which has been labeled an anti-LGBTQ “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, is lobbying lawmakers in the House to have them remove the bill’s “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” language before taking a vote.

Similarly, the group encouraged Congress in November to remove language about “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” discrimination from a trade agreement with Mexico and Canada.”

The new anti-lynching law covering African-Americans (and presumably all races) is being protested by some Religious Right Republicans to eliminate LGBTQ+ people from its criminal protections.  If the Ten Commandments says that murder is a sin, are they suggesting that LGBTQ+ are not people? or are they saying it’s ok to Lynch them, and then why wouldn’t it be ok to shoot an LGBTQ+ person (because that could be more humanely executed, after all)? How is that different than a psychotic murderer killing a random person before they’ve committed a crime because they believe that person is going to do something without cause? Or killing someone because they believe they are about to blaspheme God, the unforgivable sin, so to murder them is to save their eternal soul? It’s completely unconstitutional, but now they will waste time arguing as to why, when they could be helping people instead. Read Kierkegaard.

New York to become 15th state to ban ‘gay conversion therapy’  NBC News  By Dan Avery The New York State Legislature voted Tuesday to ban the practice on minors, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign the bill as soon as this week.  “The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act passed the Legislature today as well.Techniques used to attempt to change sexual orientation and gender identity have included inducing nausea and vomiting, providing electric shocks, psychotropic medication and hypnosis. And according to a 2009 report by the American Psychological Association, the treatment has been associated with depression, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse, high-risk sexual behaviors, homelessness and other issues. The Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law recently estimated that 20,000 LGBTQ youth between the ages of 13 and 17 will undergo conversion therapy by a licensed health care professional before they turn 18, and approximately 57,000 will be subjected to the treatment by a religious leader or spiritual adviser.”

Teacher pens letter to school paper, quotes Bible verse saying gay people “deserve to die”. San Luis Obispo High School, CA May 9, 2017 MIC