Our ability to honor diversity, advocate for the separation of church and state, and respect personal autonomy is in jeopardy with a highly interventionist and overtly intrusive Republican supermajority.
My own family is a microcosm of philosophical and religious thought - from atheism to active religious practice, straight, gay, married and single. We honor each others' differences not simply because we are family but also because the difference is fascinating, ennobling and enjoyable.
With a faith tradition that believes "agency" or our ability to make our own choices and face the benefits or consequences based on those choices, there is a great understanding of the potential for error and abuse when religion and government are mixed together.
Many people believe “equality” means making everyone the same, but it’s more than that. Equality as equity means that we provide the support and assistance necessary to allow ALL Tennesseans to live to their fullest potential. Sometimes that means just leaving people alone. Other times, it means protecting our friends and family from unequal treatment in their home, business or work communities.
I would not support legislation that will create an opportunity to discriminate against others and place our state at risk in the loss of business or funding, including transgender bathroom legislation or the Bible as the State Book.
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