Target: David Ralston, Speaker of the Georgian House of Representatives
Goal: Reject homophobic pastor’s suggestion to ignore citizens’ desire to advance LGBT rights.
Bryant Wright, a Baptist pastor who gave a devotional at Georgia’s House of Representatives at the House’s invitation, allegedly urged lawmakers to ignore the will of the majority of Georgians in favor of fighting the “evil” advance of LGBT rights. Such a call should not go unchallenged. Tell the state’s House of Representatives that they should not follow Wright’s bigoted advice.
Bryant Wright’s devotional reportedly framed the ongoing struggle for LGBT rights as a battle between the forces of “erotic liberty” and religious liberty. He contended that lawmakers should bow to the pull of religious liberty to preserve “the common good and welfare of man” in spite of the fact that “a majority of [their] constituencies have embraced erotic liberty over religious liberty.” Though this kind of rhetoric has become a constant refrain from the religious right, the fact that Wright was invited to speak to the House, combined with the fact that the intersection of LGBT rights and religious liberty has as of late become a more heated topic in the Georgian legislature than usual, makes this instance of particular concern.
Misguided religious bigots should not hold a monopoly on the ear of public legislators. Sign the petition below to tell those in Georgia’s House of Representatives that they should not heed Wright’s words.
Dear House Speaker Ralston,
I am writing you today regarding the recent devotional that Pastor Bryant Wright gave to you and the rest of the Georgia state House of Representatives. Specifically, I wanted to take the time to tell you and your colleagues that Bryant’s advice could not be more wrong and urge you to ignore it.
Beyond acting on your own good conscience, representing the interests of your constituents, and protecting the rights and welfare of minorities, legislators have no mandate to act. What Wright was allegedly advocating was irresponsible and bigoted. One, he encouraged you to work against the rights of a minority that has been discriminated against since the beginning of this country and for hundreds, if not thousands, of years before. Additionally, however, he had the gall to paint his regressive attitude toward increasing civil rights as a kind of holy calling for the greater good of mankind over the forces of evil. Wright, through this rhetoric, showed his true colors and true motivations, but thankfully we live in a nation that prides itself on separating the church from the state. Religious motives should have no bearing on legislation and the laws of the land.
Fortunately, at least one of your colleagues, Representative Simone Bell, did not take Wright’s bigotry sitting down and confronted him after his speech. I urge you and your fellow representatives to follow her lead and disregard all that Wright had to say. Do not let his words guide your actions as legislators.
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