What would you do if someone justified discrimination against you through the Bible? Here’s how one woman handled it.
In December, the city of Shreveport, Louisiana passed the Fairness Ordinance, which banned discrimination based on sexuality and gender identity. The bill passed 6-1, but the lone Councilman against the law, Ron Webb, was vocal in his opposition, saying the “Bible tells us homosexuality is an abomination” and that he does not socialize with LGBT people.
Webb introduced a bill to repeal the law (which never had a chance of passing), and on Tuesday, the Fairness Ordinance’s supporters came forward in a big way: according to KMSS in Shreveport, “dozens of people” gave testimony in support of the law, while only one spoke against it. Webb, for his part, listened to all of the testimony. But one person, a transsexual woman named Pamela Raintree, did the impossible: she rendered Webb speechless.
Raintree spoke at length of discrimination against her as a transsexual woman, and her pride in Shreveport when the law was passed. But at the end of her testimony, Raintree took a stone and placed it on the table, and said:
“Leviticus 20:13 states, ‘If a man lie also with mankind as he lieth with a woman, they shall surely put him to death.’ I brought the first stone Mr. Webb, in case that your Bible talk isn’t just a smoke screen for personal prejudices.”
Shortly after Raintree’s tesitmony, Webb withdrew his repeal motion without calling for a vote.
You can watch this remarkable video via KMSS here.
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