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Sign the Chicago Statement

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This is the Chicago Statement, a response to the anti-LGBT Nashville Statement released by a group of more than 150 U.S. evangelical leaders. 

The Chicago Statement comes from this column:

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"I believe God gave humans the ability to learn and grow and expand their understanding of each other and the world. The Nashville Statement says that being gay or lesbian or transgender is an offense to God. I believe it's an offense to God to not acknowledge that all humans are different, to ignore the fact that telling LBGT people that they're sinners, that their identity is wrong, that they're somehow imperfect, is wildly and dangerously damaging, not to mention a sin in and of itself.

"I believe we do a disservice to God if we ignore that LGBT youth are three times more likely to consider suicide than straight teens and that the suicide rate in the transgender community has been found to be as much as 10 times the national average. I think it's unconscionable for anyone to not see the psychological harm that bigotry disguised as religious doctrine does to LGBT youth and adults.

"I don't think anyone who has ever met a gay teenager kicked out of his house because of who he loves, left homeless and alone, told he no longer belongs, could look at the words in the Nashville Statement and say: 'This is what God wants. This is what Jesus would want us to do.'

"It isn't. It's not love. It's quite the opposite. And I don't care if, in the eyes of some, that disqualifies me from belonging to a religious group or from staking a claim to eventual salvation.

"Because if making other humans feel less than human is a requirement for entry into heaven, I think I'll keep my soul with me, buried in the dirt."


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