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Second Class Citizen

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Typically we here at LBP do not speak on political issues.  But this one touches us too closely to ignore.  Our founder, Kori Ashton, met the parents of Asher Brown at the TEN Conference in Austin, Texas, this past fall.  They shared a powerful story and gave us life-changing challenges. Find out more about this upcoming documentary.

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  1. Thank you for sharing. It’s incredibly uplifting to see that “Second Class Citizens” exceeded its Kickstarter fundraising goal by three times!

    I understand, to a point, LBP (and similar organizations, churches, etc) typically staying away from political issues. However, when the issues are those of social justice, I feel that the church and people of faith are called into voice and into action. This could be a long and protracted discussion, but I’ll try to be brief…

    While I agree with the “separation of church and state,” I am not naive enough to believe that it purely exists. However, if it is going to be claimed in one direction, it must be claimed in both. In other words, it cannot be claimed by the church to maintain certain autonomy from the state, yet then have the church impose its theological beliefs/moral codes on the state – influencing policy and creating laws based on religious traditions. This is essentially what is occurring with the marriage equality issue. When a couple is divorced, who signs the judgement? Clergy? Nope…an official of the state. Marriage is a legal standing. We persons of faith understand it to represent much more than that, but at its core it is a legal contract.

    So, if you are a person of faith and recognize this, even if you are opposed same-sex marriage and issues based on your religious beliefs, it is possible to advocate for LGBT civil rights without violating your religious beliefs. We see that even within GCN and LBP (ie, Side A and Side B).

    I believe this is a major tenet of what Jesus himself taught – to speak and advocate for those whose voice has been silenced, presence ignored and personhood marginalized.

    “And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” -Micah 6:8

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