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Mainstream, Not Extreme: Help Stop the Bathroom Bills
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UPDATED: Going Nonlinear
As the special session draws to a close, proponents of the bathroom bills are taking extreme measures. The Texas Pastors Council, a group of extremist Christian clergy and their wives, are working hard to convince legislators that millions of mainstream Texans of diverse faith don't constitute "real" religious voices.
In a Houston Chronicle article, the group's leader characterized the bishops of mainline Protestant denominations as "fake clergy"Photo: One bathroom bill supporter attempted to sign onto our open letter opposing the bills using a fake name and then tried to brag about it on Twitter
But we don't mind being called names or having people make extra work for us nearly as much as we mind their abusing our public servants. In addition to considering suing state employees for not letting them post illegal signs in the Capitol, proponents of the bathroom bills are threatening members of the Texas House.
UPDATE: Check out our new set of PSA's, Mainstream Not Extreme Part 2, here.
PSAs Feature Texas Faith Voices Opposing the Bathroom Bills
Texas Impact is running a PSA campaing opposing discriminatory legislation targeting transgender Texans.
The 30-second spots feature Christian leaders explaining why they oppose the so-called “bathroom bills” being considered by the Texas Legislature.
Watch all the ads on YouTube.
Texas Impact Executive Director Bee Moorhead said the PSAs are part of Texas Impact’s “Mainstream, Not Extreme” campaign to correct misperceptions about the faith community’s position on the legislation.
“Mainstream faith communities, from the people in the pews all the way up to national denominational leaders, oppose these bills,” Moorhead said. “A few extremist individuals who support this legislation have been working hard to convince legislators that they represent the unified voice of the faithful, but that’s simply not the case.”
Moorhead said conservative Christians, such as Baptists and the nondenominational, are particularly frustrated at being mischaracterized, and that the ads feature authoritative voices who can set the record straight.
Two of the PSAs feature the Rev. Dr. Jim Bankston, a well-known United Methodist pastor from Houston. In the ads, Bankston acknowledges that “it can be hard to understand what it means to be transgender,” but counsels that Christians are called to love everyone.
Another features Pastor Griff Martin of First Baptist Church in Austin. Martin reflects that as a pastor, he has gotten to know “so many of God’s beloved…including God’s transgender children.” He stresses that all people have equality before God.
Kimberly Shappley, a nondenominational lay leader and mother of a transgender child, is also featured in a spot. Shappley says the bathroom bills run counter to her conservative Christian values and make her fear for her daughter’s safety.
Texas Impact is the state’s oldest and largest interfaith lobby, representing the shared legislative priorities of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim denominations with a collective membership of more than 5 million Texans.
The ads were produced by IC Pictures, an award-winning, Austin-based digital motion media company with credits in commercials, documentaries, TV series, web content, music projects, and feature films.
Watch all the PSAs on YouTube.