from Baptists Today.org by Tony Cartledge
March 18 was a happy day in Raleigh, as about 900 smiling North Carolina Cooperative Baptists gathered for a full day of worship, learning, business, and joyful fellowship at Hayes Barton Baptist Church. Participants had more than 60 workshops on a variety of topics to choose from, a fellowship hall filled with vendors and exhibits, and catered meals for lunch and dinner.
Sadly, that was not the case five days later, when North Carolina legislators gathered in Raleigh March 23 for a special (and very expensive) session for the purpose of passing a bill designed to discriminate. Some time back, Charlotte’s city council approved a common sense ordinance allowing transgender people to use public bathrooms matching the gender with which they identify. Claiming a need to protect women and children from “predators,” Republican lawmakers proposed and passed a measure to prevent local governments from passing nondiscrimination ordinances of any sort, and approved their own statewide bill to disallow discrimination on the basis of “race, religion, color, national origin, or biological sex” in businesses and public accommodations — pointedly excluding gender identity and sexual orientation as protected categories, though Democrats sought amendments to include them. … read more