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Held in Washington, D.C. today as response to National Prayer Breakfast
Faith in America Founder Mitchell Gold in D.C. this morning.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Faith in America Founder Mitchell Gold and several supporters joined GetEqual and other human rights organizations this morning in an event to protest the National Prayer Breakfast ties to anti-gay religious extremism.
The event was held on the sidewalk outside the Washington Hilton.
"We can no longer allow the anti-gay religious industry operating here or abroad to place a devastating stamp of religious and moral disapproval on the innocent lives of LGBT people, especially our youth," Gold said.
"There are many Americans who do not understand the harm caused when religious teachings are used to tell a young person that there is something so wrong with you that you will never be able to enjoy the human dignity and equality that others enjoy. These people we must educate.
"And then there are those who know full well the devastating emotional and psychological damage they are doing and yet deliberately export hateful anti-gay teachings to countries like Uganda. Tragically, this includes several organizations that support the National Prayer Breakfast. They must be held accountable for their actions.
"But regardless of whether a person is unaware of the harm they cause or consciously promoting it, we must put a stop to the abuse of religious teachings to justify anti-gay beliefs. In the past, religion-based bigotry was used to justify discrimination against women, African Americans, and other groups. We must learn from this history and speak out against the misuse of religion to harm LGBT people."
"History has proven time and again that the kind of hatred, bigotry, and prejudice promoted by 'The Family' cannot be allowed to go unchallenged. 'The Family' already has blood on its hands, and must be stopped before it can kill again in even greater numbers. Uganda today serves as a lethal preview of what 'The Family' hopes to accomplish worldwide,"