Target: Pope Francis
Goal: Applaud groundbreaking statement denouncing religion-based discrimination against lesbian and gay people.
Pope Francis has made an official statement urging followers of the Catholic Church to be more accepting of gay and lesbian people. In an apostolic exhortation, the pope encouraged tolerance by both church officials and the congregation, labeling the unjust discrimination against the LGBT community unacceptable. According to the statement, “Every person, regardless of sexual orientation, ought to be respected in his or her dignity and treated with consideration.” While not an official change in church policy, this authoritative decree has the potential to drastically reduce religion-based intolerance toward gay and lesbian persons.
Religion-based discrimination against the LGBT community, particularly same-sex couples, is a growing problem in the U.S., especially in conservative states. Salons, wedding halls, photographers, caterers, and bakeries have all refused to serve same-sex weddings. Medical professionals in fertility clinics have refused to help LGBT couples have children. Unfortunately, “religious freedom” laws, which essentially legalize this type of blatant prejudice, have popped up in several states.
This new exhortation, which was intended to help everyone “experience God’s love and know that they are welcome members of the church,” preaches the essential values of Catholicism, including love, respect, and tolerance. It will help end discrimination against LGBT persons and push the Catholic Church into a brand new era. Sign the petition below to thank Pope Francis for his revolutionary statements on tolerance toward gay and lesbian people.
Dear Pope Francis,
In your recent apostolic exhortation, you urged members of the Catholic Church to show respect, tolerance, and consideration to LGBT persons. This revolutionary statement , which decried intolerance against gay and lesbian people, has the power to end much of the world’s religion-based discrimination.
Religion-based discrimination has become common in the United States, with some states even implementing laws to allow it. Businesses such as photographers, caterers, and bakeries have refused their services to same-sex couples, while medical professionals have refused treatment due to sexual orientation.
This type of discrimination is reprehensible and is not in line with Catholic values. This new exhortation has the potential to usher in a new era for the Catholic Church where the LGBT community feels welcomed and accepted. We, the undersigned, applaud you for taking a stand against religion-based discrimination.
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