Did You Hear the One About…

the transphobic gay rights organization that decided to try yet again to con trans people into believing its not transphobic – this time by finally hiring a token trans woman?

And that the token trans woman is a Baptist preacher?

Unfortunately, it appears to not be a joke.

Marti Abernathey has a post about it over at Bilerico which includes some comments about the general token-ness, etc., of it.

I tossed in a comment too – but here, I want to point out something that I have yet to see any remarks about…

A BAPTIST PREACHER??????????????????????????????????

Yes, I know - many trans people (as well as many GLBs) believe in some religion, faith, etc.

However, many do not.  Many of us absolutely reject any notion that the church or any aspect of any religion should have any role in our lives against our will. 

True – there’s a wide spectrum of dogmatism among those whose business (and it IS a business) is religion.  I don’t know Allyson Robinson and don’t know where she might fall in that spectrum – but, inherently, a preacher’s job is to be judgmental, particularly against those who refuse to submit to the authority they claim to represent.  I am non-christian by choice, which means my life is antithetical to the mission of any preacher of any religion.

If the reports are accurate, Robinson’s position will be Associate Director of Diversity.

Putting every other potential problem (and I’m assuming most folks can come up with a few) with Robinson and her employer aside, the question needs to be asked: Does her concept of ‘diversity’ include agnosticism and/or atheism?  Or is her hiring a double dose of individualism-exterminating assimilationism?

2 Responses to Did You Hear the One About…

  1. Amy Mc Donald says:

    I did comment about her being a preacher over at Bilerico and thanks for the link to here.I think to many have forgotten our biggest foe is organized religion and those who use it to teach intolerance.I believe her being an ordained preacher will be used by others in religion against her and those in the lgbt.I do respect her right to believe as she choose’s but that should be seperated from lgbt issues other than our basic right to believe in a higher power as we choose.I personelly believe that the powers that be have dropped the ball in seeking rights.There are all sorts of historical records and precedents that could be used but are being overlooked.Amy

  2. Kathy says:

    Statement on Human Sexuality
    Baylor University welcomes all students into a safe and supportive environment in which to discuss and learn about a variety of issues, including those of human sexuality. The University affirms the biblical understanding of sexuality as a gift from God. Christian churches across the ages and around the world have affirmed purity in singleness and fidelity in marriage between a man and a woman as the biblical norm. Temptations to deviate from this norm include both heterosexual sex outside of marriage and homosexual behavior. It is thus expected that Baylor students will not participate in advocacy groups which promote understandings of sexuality that are contrary to biblical teaching.

    The University encourages students struggling with these issues to avail themselves of opportunities for serious, confidential discussion, and support through the University Ministries Office.

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