Brynn Tannehill

SBC to Parents: Kids Are Better Off Dead Than Trans

Filed By Brynn Tannehill | October 29, 2014 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Living, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: ex-gay, ex-gay myth, ex-gay therapy, ex-trans, ex-trans therapy, Southern Baptist Convention, spiritual abuse

pray-away-the-gay-sara-whitman.jpgThis past week the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) convened the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission Leadership Summit in Nashville, Tennessee. Its stated purpose was to "address the gospel and human sexuality to equip pastors and church leaders to speak to these critical issues in their own congregations."

While not featuring any actual LGBT people, it did feature one shift in messaging. Speaker Dr. Russell Moore declared: "Faithfulness to Christ means obedience to Christ. It does not necessarily mean that someone's attractions are going to change."

LGB-centered media outlets declared that this was a major victory for ending the "ex-gay" myth. What they didn't pick up on was this summit featured some of the most deadly anti-transgender myths out there, especially those directed at transgender youth.

The SBC speakers' talking points mirrored the anti-transgender resolution passed last summer, namely that transgender people are sick, need to be cured, their identities aren't real, that acknowledging them is sin, and that being transgender is incompatible with Christianity.

The Leadership Summit took this a step further, singling out transgender youth and their parents.

They hammered away at the narrative that transgender people are sick, deluded, and their identities aren't real, and should be rejected.

The SBC fully endorsed reparative therapy for transgender people, including children. So all those headlines about rejecting reparative therapy? That was only for gay people. Time to start the auxiliary generator, get out the battery cables, and buy a bottle of ammonia; we're going to "cure" some trans people today!

Or something. Because it worked so well the first time.

They also admitted they know what science says about transgender people:

The resulting message couldn't be clearer: allowing your child to live authentically endangers their mortal soul, and it endangers yours as their parent as well.

It doesn't matter that transgender youth living in homes that aren't affirming have a 57% chance of attempting suicide. Followers of the summit online supported this position, even when provided with these figures and research.

The SBC's messaging couldn't be clearer: we don't care if rejecting your child's gender identity will probably result in them attempting suicide, because they're going to hell if you affirm them.

I used to ask myself what sort of inhuman monster could willingly torture a child until they died. Somehow, though, we managed to pack 1,200 of them into one room.

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