San Antonio Pastors: LGBT Measure Violates Conscience

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Pastors and other Christian leaders in San Antonio want their city to reject a controversial new non-discrimination measure.

The proposed ordinance would require individuals, businesses, religious organizations, and places of public accommodation to protect "sexual orientation" and "gender identity or expression."

But the San Antonio Human Rights Coalition says while the bill is designed to end discrimination against gays, it would actually create new discrimination against Christians.

The group agrees everyone should be treated with dignity, but they issued a statement saying the measure punishes people of faith by violating their rights of conscience and speech.

For example, Christians could be blocked from working for the city if they have a biblical view on homosexuality or marriage.

Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver points out Twitter already shut down one pastor's account after he tried to tell people about the upcoming vote.

"This is America, and this intolerant censorship does not represent the values of the American people," Staver said. "I am calling on all pastors to speak up and mobilize their congregations to speak up. This ordinance must be stopped."

On their website, the San Antonio Human Rights Coalition lists more potential fallout from the measure, stating the following:

  • There is no protection in the ordinance for sincerely held religious beliefs.
  • Churches may be required to open their facilities to same sex civil union ceremonies despite their religious beliefs.
  • Contrary to misleading claims made by some city officials, churches are not exempt from this ordinance.
  • Children will be forced to share bathrooms, despite their conscience or religious beliefs, with children who choose a transgender identity.
  • Non-profits may be forced to open their women's facilities to transgender individuals despite their religious beliefs. This includes shelters for abused women and children.
  • Public school teachers will be forced to teach, in their classrooms, views that conflict with their conscience or religious beliefs.

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