Last week, 150 evangelical leaders gathered to signed the “Nashville Statement”, a “religious” letter that states that “homosexual immorality” and “transgenderism” are sinful. Among its signatories were several Trump advisers.
Five members of Trump’s evangelical executive advisory board signed the Nashville Statement: James Dobson, James Robison, Ronnie Floyd, Richard Land and Jack Graham.
The document was signed at a national meeting of The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood after the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission’s annual conference in Nashville.
Here are some key phrases from the 14-article document:
“We deny that sexual attraction for the same sex is part of the natural goodness of God’s original creation.”
“We deny that adopting a homosexual or transgender self-conception is consistent with God’s holy purposes in creation and redemption.”
“We deny that God has designed marriage to be a homosexual, polygamous, or polyamorous relationship.”
And if you’re an ally, know that “it is sinful to approve of homosexual immorality or transgenderism and that such approval constitutes an essential departure from Christian faithfulness and witness”.
More “leaders” have since signed the Nashville Statement, but other groups and public figures have pushed back against it as well. For instance, Nashville’s mayor, Megan Barry, hit back with a tweet saying the document does not represent Nashville and its people.
The @CBMWorg's so-called "Nashville Statement" is poorly named and does not represent the inclusive values of the city & people of Nashville
— Megan Barry (@MayorMeganBarry) August 29, 2017