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posted Friday, June 27 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 26
Southern Baptist Convention condemns Trans people
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Southern Baptist Convention condemns Trans people

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution June 11 condemning Trans people for defying 'God's design.'

The Southern Baptists are the largest Protestant denomination in the United States, with some 16 million members. The group was formed in 1845 when pro-slavery Baptist churches in the South split off from their northern colleagues. After the Civil War, newly-freed black Baptists set up their own National Baptist Convention, the second-largest Baptist group.

Northern Baptists evolved into the American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA), which emphasizes local autonomy in theological and social issues. Many ABCUSA churches welcome LGBT parishioners, including First Baptist, University Baptist, and Mt. Zion Baptist in Seattle.

In their resolution, the Southern Baptists admit that the American Psychiatric Association stopped listing gender dysphoria as a mental disorder in 2013, but say Trans people should repent and live by Biblical standards.

'We affirm God's good design that gender identity should be determined by biological sex and not by one's self-perception - a perception which is often influenced by fallen human nature in ways contrary to God's design,' the resolution reads.

'We condemn efforts to alter one's bodily identity (e.g., cross-sex hormone therapy, gender reassignment surgery) to bring it into line with one's perceived gender identity.'

The resolution also attacks attempts to 'mainstream' Transgender individuals in the eyes of the wider community or treat them as a protected class of people.

'We oppose all efforts by media and entertainment outlets and public schools to mainstream transgender identity in the eyes of our children,' the Baptists say.

'We call upon all judges and public officials to resist and oppose the efforts to treat gender identity as a protected class.

'We commit ourselves to pray for and support legislative and legal efforts to oppose the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and other legislation like it that would give gender identity the same legal protections as sex and race.

'We continue to oppose steadfastly all efforts by any court or state legislature to validate transgender identity as morally praiseworthy.'

The Southern Baptists also elected a new president, Ronnie Floyd of Rogers, Arkansas. Floyd is the author of the homophobic book 'The Gay Agenda.' Floyd's 2004 book claims to 'expose the agenda that the homosexual lobby is trying to impose on society.'

In the 1980s, Floyd was a leader of the so-called 'conservative resurgence' that tried to take control of the Southern Baptist Convention, but he was defeated in a bid for leadership of the Arkansas branch of the church in 1989.

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