Letter to the Editor against HB 2

The following Letter to the Editor appeared in the Thursday, April 21 printed edition of the Durham Herald Sun. (It was also sent to the N&O but has not yet been published.) ERUUF’s Board carefully weighed the need to speak out on this moral issue against the constraints the congregation has as a non-profit not to lobby for or against a particular piece of legislation.

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: As people of faith we are angry and distressed by North Carolina’s new Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act (HB 2). This hastily written, poorly conceived legislation attempts to solve social problems that we do not have. There is no current epidemic of men invading women’s bathrooms or children’s locker rooms.

At the same time this legislation badly fails to recognize and respect the complexity of gender identity. While this law may make some feel more “comfortable” as our society rapidly changes, it does so at the expense of transgender people and their civil rights. In our religious tradition we value the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and believe that we’re all in this together. We believe this because history, nature, science, all the world’s religions, and our own experience tell us this is true. We also believe it’s possible for people who have differences to equitably share public space, and that when we do our whole society benefits. Since the “All Are Welcome” sign is no longer on North Carolina’s doors, we’ll keep it on ours until common sense and common decency return to our state.

Rev. Deborah Cayer, Lead Minister
Johan Madson, Board Chair
and board members: David Mills, Elizabeth Dunn, David Tucker, Virginia Fox, Chuck Kimpel, Katherine Moran, Alan Hollister, Linda Brooks