OPEN LETTER TO TEXAS GOVERNOR, LT. GOVERNOR AND LEGISLATORS FROM TEXAS PASTORS:
Once again major corporations and their CEOs have inserted themselves into the public debate[i] about whether Texas law should provide equal protection for all citizens in public accommodations such as restrooms, showers, locker rooms and changing rooms. They have renewed claims of catastrophic economic consequences to Texas should our legislature pass a law protecting women and children from biological males gaining unrestricted access to them in a state of undress. No amount of linguistic gymnastics by those hijacking the righteous cause of “Civil Rights” can manipulate the true impact of assigning special status to a state of mind, nor will misleading claims of wrongful “discrimination” by the less than one-half of one percent of our population who are confused about their gender and their liberal allies.
Social, cultural, legal and political chaos ensue when a local ordinance creates and elevates a protected class based on a fluid state of mind such as “gender identity” and/or “gender expression,” giving it legally equal weight alongside immutable characteristics such as race. This is compounded by different definitions, standards, penalties and enforcement from city to city, school to school.
Imagine if 254 counties in more than 1,900 incorporated cities with 1,265 independent school districts in Texas were to adopt different definitions, policy language, enforcement mechanisms and levels of punishment for a protected class that can only be qualified by the person claiming the identity. Ambiguity plus fluidity multiplied by each entity equals an astronomical problem! New York City alone embraces thirty-one categories of “gender identity” and/or “gender expression,” and here are several Texas examples of “definitions without definition”:
- Dallas[ii] – “… means an individual’s real or perceived gender identity as male, female, both, or neither.”
- San Antonio[iii] – “….means a gender-related identity, appearance, expression or behavior of an individual, regardless of the individual’s assigned sex at birth.”
- Houston (defeated by voters, Nov. 5, 2015) – “…means an individual’s innate identification, appearance, expression or behavior as either male or female, although the same may not correspond to the body’s gender as assigned at birth.”
There are no qualifications, limits or parameters in these “definitions,” leaving the door wide open (literally and figuratively) for abuse.
This unacceptable discrimination against women and children who are not confused about their gender puts them at risk by legally allowing any male who simply declares himself female to have full, unhindered access to female restrooms, showers, locker rooms and changing facilities. What about women’s and girls’ equal rights as the growing statewide patchwork of locally fabricated ordinances destroys every principle of human decency, respect and equality for all people – principles defended with American blood?
Equal rights and equal protection of all citizens under government jurisdiction in the state of Texas must be reflected in our laws. The moral bankruptcy of corporations and ultraliberal political groups cannot be allowed to steal the safety, decency and freedom of our families. Only respect for the laws of nature and the laws of nature’s God will secure His blessings for Texas and our people.
As the pastoral leaders of major churches of various denominations, ministerial alliances and associations, the signatures below collectively represent millions of people of every color, economic status and geographical designation in Texas. We not only urge, but we call on our state representatives, state senators and governor to take responsible action and protect all women and children in Texas by adopting SB 3 or HB 46 in this 2017 special session, as the governor has requested.
The undersigned Texas pastors