Letter: Cornerstone gets it wrong on transgender bills

Published: 6/29/2019 12:01:16 AM

One hardly knows where to begin when responding to Shannon McGinley’s “My Turn” piece (Monitor Opinion, June 24) in which she promotes Cornerstone Action’s tenets, an alleged “nonpartisan” organization (yet she calls out Democrats for sidelining other voices) “dedicated to a New Hampshire where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished.” Why is it when I hear “religious freedom” I get the sense that only a particular sect of a religion gets to make the rules? Whole lotta coded words in that mission statement: heteronormative white Christian patriarchy, for example.

Which brings me to this: Enshrined in the Constitution is separation of state and religion. Not a strong point for her organization. Supporting transgender rights “threatens state educational, statistical (really?) and religious institutions”? Doesn’t threaten my religious organization, Unitarian Universalism. Nor Episcopal. Nor any other religion that is inclusive and loving.

Then she trots out bulleted points of fear mongering, that great bullhorn, based not on facts but biased opinion, albeit with a fine vocabulary and a host of outdated sources.

Ms. McGinley, I don’t buy what you’re selling. Those who make the courageous decision to transition don’t suffer from their choice; they suffer because of bigotry you promote, all wrapped in the cushiony cloud of God’s alleged work. They suffer discrimination in schools, the workplace, the military, and then, at the hands of True Believers who commit outright violence in the form of beatings and murders, because, well, you know, God just didn’t make them that way.

Who knew?

DARLENE OLIVO

Concord




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