Twitter critics have a message for the more than 150 Evangelical leaders behind a document called “The Nashville Statement”: Please hold off on your gay bashing until after Hurricane Harvey.
Or, you know: Knock it off altogether.
The “Nashville Statement” emerged from a meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission’s annual conference in Nashville. It consists of 14 statements of affirmation and denial relating to human sexuality.
“It is sinful to approve of homosexual immorality or transgenderism,” said the statement, issued in the year of our Lord 2017.
“WE AFFIRM that self-conception as male or female should be defined by God’s holy purposes in creation and redemption as revealed in Scripture,” read one affirmation.
“WE DENY that adopting a homosexual or transgender self-conception is consistent with God’s holy purposes in creation and redemption,” read another.
Among critics of the Nashville Statement is Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, who tweeted that it is “poorly named and does not represent the inclusive values of the city & people of Nashville.”
The Twitter critiques of the Nashville Statement came just hours after famed televangelist Joel Osteen was slammed for not opening the doors of his Houston megachurch to Harvey’s victims. (He eventually did.)
“Joel Osteen: No way anyone can top how tone deaf and Biblically blind I’ve been during Harvey,” wrote one person on Twitter. “NashvilleStatement: hold my BEER!”
“I have other thoughts on the
#NashvilleStatement, but my first was, ‘Don’t they know we’re still trying to rescue people from Harvey?'” asked another.
Hurricane Harvey, which has since been downgraded to a tropical storm, has ravaged Houston, flooding roadways and forcing an estimated 30,000 people out of their homes.
See more Twitter reactions to the Nashville Statement below.
— ⚖The Justice Team⚖ (@robyns323) August 29, 2017
Millions have lost everything to Harvey, many have died, so the religious right decides to lecture about LGBT people. #NashvilleStatement
— David Badash (@davidbadash) August 29, 2017
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) August 29, 2017
1) These evangelical leaders signing the #NashvilleStatement, but won't sign a check to help Hurricane Harvey victims or open their churches
— Joshua White (@blackjoshwhite) August 29, 2017
— Repeal&Replace Trump (@Sha_Elise24) August 29, 2017
— Andres Chavez (@prqls) August 29, 2017
I have other thoughts on the #NashvilleStatement, but my first was, "Don't they know we're still trying to rescue people from Harvey?"
— Elizabeth Drouillard (@ThingsBright) August 29, 2017