A group of, ahem, named folks is coming together at www.flushthefear.com to show the faith community’s support for equality, LGBT folks and the non-discrimination ordinance.
“Our group will be a leader in articulating God’s justice and ministry of inclusion and hospitality,” reads the Web site.
The name, “Flush the Fear,” looks like a direct response to Notmybathroom.com, which aims to defeat the human rights ordinance and is led in part by anti-obscenity crusader Dallas Erickson of Stevensville.
The position statement from Flush the Fear begins like this:
All people should be free from discrimination based on their sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. Faith communities value dignity, fairness, diversity, and justice, and we know our strength as a community is based on treating each other fairly and with respect. Our group will be a strong and peaceful voice for the full inclusion of the LGBT community in non-discrimination policy.
This group is being organized by the following faith leaders, according to the Web site:
Pastor Amy Carter, United Church of Christ
Reverend Jean Collins, Episcopal
Pastor Peter Shober, United Church of Christ
Pastor Jean Larson, Evangelical Lutheran Church
The Web site quotes a Bible verse from Micah 6:8, too. “What does God require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”
Did the line to the bathroom just get longer?
— Keila Szpaller