Originally Posted by antonyh
I'm not directly blaming Throckmorton for Lawrence's death (like he pulled the trigger) but I am indirectly blaming him. When a past president of the American Mental Health Counselors Association makes statements about Transgender people like the above (even willing to openly defy science) he is sustaining the very gender stereotypes that resulted in Lawrence's death.
People like Throckmorton love to hide behind the Bible and pretend that their teaching does not result in violence against transgender people.
I believe that non-violence means that we point out the evil in someone's heart and show them the real violent consequences of their evil.
So let me blame Throckmorton again....for helping sustain gender stereotypes that resulted in Lawrence's death.
I share your frustration with the likes of Throckmorton. However, if we believe the Soulforce approach, we need to see the Throckmortons of the world not as evil, but as misinformed or ignorant.
Throckmorton seems to be locked into a view of reality in which heterosexuality has some religious value that other sexual identities lack. I would have to view his version of religion as deficient and in need of a "cure" as surely as some think homosexuality should be "cured."
How to find a solution to this dilemma is the problem we all face.
Ultimately I believe the Throckmortons will go the way of those once prominent and respected theologians who taught that slavery was biblical and acceptable in Christian society. Hopefully, we will not have to fight a war (as we did to end slavery) to come to that point!