Open letter to Gov. Jindal from Christian leaders
The below letter, signed by 14 pastors and other Christian leaders from Louisiana, is being sent to Gov. Bobby Jindal. Nationally, over 13,000 people have signed a petition in support.
Dear Governor Jindal,
As Christian leaders, we write to urge you to cancel your participation in the Family Research Council's upcoming Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C.
Your deep personal commitment to Christian faith, and especially to the teachings of the Catholic Church, should preclude your involvement with FRC, which has been formally designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, because of FRC's repeated "use of known falsehoods to attack and demonize members of the LGBT community."
As Pope Francis recently said, "When God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person? We must always consider the person."
By contrast, the Family Research Council's leaders have a decades-long track record of making false and inflammatory comments about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people:
"The videos are titled 'It Gets Better.' They are aimed at persuading kids that although they'll face struggles and perhaps bullying for 'coming out' as homosexual (or transgendered or some other perversion), life will get better. ... It's disgusting. And it's part of a concerted effort to persuade kids that homosexuality is okay and actually to recruit them into that lifestyle."
- Tony Perkins, FRC fundraising letter, August 2011
"Terrorism is a strike against the general populace simply to spread fear and intimidation so that they can disrupt and destabilize the system of government. That's what the homosexuals are doing here to the legal system."
- Tony Perkins, Washington Watch, April 29, 2011
"While activists like to claim that pedophilia is a completely distinct orientation from homosexuality, evidence shows a disproportionate overlap between the two. ... It is a homosexual problem."
- Tony Perkins, FRC website, 2010
"One of the primary goals of the homosexual rights movement is to abolish all age of consent laws and to eventually recognize pedophiles as the 'prophets' of a new sexual order."
- 1999 FRC publication, "Homosexual Behavior and Pedophilia," Robert Knight and Frank York
"Gaining access to children has been a long-term goal of the homosexual movement."
- Robert Knight, FRC director of cultural studies, and Frank York, 1999
In the past, you have been clear about your opposition to civil marriage equality for same-sex couples. But that opposition should not extend to embracing extremists who seek to propagate misinformation and spread fear that endangers the lives and well-being of LGBT people.
As the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have written, "God does not love someone any less simply because he or she is homosexual. God's love is always and everywhere offered to those who are open to receiving it."
We hope and pray that you will reconsider your appearance at this year's conference.
Rev. Dr. Carol Cotton Winn, Slidell
Anita Dinwiddie, Pastor, St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, New Orleans
Don Frampton, Senior Pastor, St. Charles Ave Presbyterian, New Orleans
Dr. Ricardo Marquez, Jesuit Center, Loyola University, New Orleans
Sister Jane McKinlay, RSCJ, New Orleans
Rt. Rev. Joe Morris Doss, At the Threshold, New Orleans
Rev. Fred J Powell, III, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church of New Orleans
Rev. Dr. Cory Sparks, New Orleans
Rev. Dr. Ron Sutto, Pastor, Presbyterian Church (USA), Baton Rouge
Rev. William H. Terry, Rector, St. Anna's Episcopal Church, New Orleans
William Thiele, Pastor, Parker United Methodist Church, New Orleans
Rev. Carol Winn Crawford, Senior Pastor, Rayne Memorial United Methodist Church, New Orleans
Rev. Dr. John Winn, Slidell
* Associations are listed for identification purposes only