Baptists to Birmingham: repeal gay rights law that 'infringes' on religious liberty

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 11:16:32 AM. Alabama Baptists call for Birmingham to repeal gay rights law, saying it infringes on religious freedom.
The Alabama Baptist Convention on Tuesday passed a resolution calling on the City of Birmingham to repeal an ordinance passed to protect gay rights, saying it infringes on religious freedom. The convention passed Resolution No. 5 "On the Birmingham Non-Discrimination Ordinance" during its annual meeting Nov. 14 at Whitesburg Baptist Church in Huntsville. About 800 voting messengers are attending from Southern Baptist churches all across the state. The Birmingham ordinance passed Sept. 26 forbids discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or familial status in employment, housing and education. City officials held a press conference Oct. 19 to announce that Birmingham scored 83 out of 100, the highest of any city in Alabama, on a new Municipal Equality Index ranking. That ranking by the Human Rights Campaign was based on the passage of the anti-discrimination ordinance. But Baptists say "the ordinance infringes on religious liberty by creating an unconstitutional burden on religious freedom for churches, ministries and religious entities, and provides no religious freedom for individuals and businesses." The resolution concludes that Alabama Baptists "will pray for those who are willfully engaged in sinful activities and to provide them assistance, guidance and fellowship in dealing with the sin in their lives, but without compromising the position of the church in regards to the scriptural...Read more
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