Rev. Duncan Teague speaks out against the “license to discriminate” bill in Georgia.
As a newly ordained minister, I believe that we are all God’s children and that we should treat others fairly, equally and with respect. That’s why I have spoken out forcefully against the so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), because I believe it will open the doors to discrimination in Georgia.
A vocal contingent of faith leaders are trying to claim that this issue is about religious liberty, but you and I know what this is really about—an attempt to make it easier for individuals and businesses to use their religion as an excuse to discriminate against our gay and transgender neighbors.
I am calling on fellow faith leaders and people of various faiths to help us push back to show lawmakers that supporters of this discriminatory bill do not speak for the entire faith community of Georgia.
Are you a faith leader who is tired of religious freedom being used as a justification to discriminate against others? Click here to join me and nearly 200 faith leaders who have signed on to a letter expressing our opposition to RFRA.
Or, are you a person of faith who believes that we should treat others like we would want to be treated? Click here to join faithful Georgians who oppose this “license to discriminate” bill.
This issue hits close to home friend. Because not only am I a faith leader, but as an African American gay man, I know all too well how this law can be used and abused to harm others.
As Americans, religious freedom is one of our most fundamental rights. That’s why it’s already protected in the federal and state constitution.
This law is truly a license to discriminate law packaged as a religious freedom law. As faith leaders and people of faith, we need to join together now and loudly declare: “not in our name.”
Will you join me in highlighting the wide cross-section of faith traditions from across our state, their leaders and their adherents who stand united in opposition to this bill?
Together, we will be able to show that the Georgia faithful will not stand for discrimination.
Thank you for all that you do and have done.