Russell Moore, Samuel Rodriguez and Over 70 Religious Leaders and Scholars Sign Statement Opposing LGBT Discrimination Laws

(Photo: The Christian Post/Napp Nazworth) Rev. Samuel Rodriguez (L), president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference in this July 2013 file photo.
(Photo: The Christian Post/Napp Nazworth)
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez (L), president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference in this July 2013 file photo.

Over 75 prominent prominent religious leaders and scholars have signed a statement against government coercion that is discriminatory towards biblical views on marriage, gender and sexuality.

On Wednesday, The Colson Center for Christian Worldview released a formal statement titled “Preserve Freedom, Reject Coercion,” which opposes efforts in recent years “to add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classifications in the law.”

The statement was signed by a number of leading scholars and religious minds, including Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore, Heritage Foundation’s Ryan Anderson, Princeton law professor Robert P. George, author and radio host Eric Metaxas, the president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Albert Mohler and National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference president Samuel Rodriguez.

“We affirm that every individual is created in the image of God and as such should be treated with love, compassion, and respect. We also affirm that people are created male and female, that this complementarity is the basis for the family centered on the marital union of a man and a woman, and that the family is the wellspring of human flourishing,” the statement reads. “We believe that it is imperative that our nation preserve the freedoms to speak, teach, and live out these truths in public life without fear of lawsuits or government censorship.”

As a number of states, local governments and the federal government have created legal discrimination protections for gender identity and sexual orientation, such protections have seemingly come in conflict with the religious liberties of faithful Christians who hold the belief that marriage can only be the union of one man and one woman, and the belief that there are two genders, male or female, which is fixed at birth.

“These unnecessary proposals, often referred to as SOGI policies, threaten basic freedoms of religion, conscience, speech, and association; violate privacy rights; and expose citizens to significant legal and financial liability for practicing their beliefs in the public square,” the statement explains. “In recent years, we have seen in particular how these laws are used by the government in an attempt to compel citizens to sacrifice their deepest convictions on marriage and what it means to be male and female — people who serve everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, but who cannot promote messages, engage in expression, or participate in events that contradict their beliefs or their organization’s guiding values.”

There have been a number of cases throughout the United States in which Christians have been punished by governments because they act in accordance with their beliefs on marriage and sexuality.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Samuel Smith