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  • Jonathan Painter

Family Under Attack

As a Pastor in this great city of Lincoln, Nebraska I am very concerned about the city council’s readiness to make our families vulnerable to the attacks of mischievous persons. It is an indisputable fact that there are unscrupulous people in this world, and even in this city who would readily do harm to our children if given the opportunity. The ordinance that has been given the innocent title of the “Fairness Ordinance” was passed by our city council on February 14, 2022. This ordinance gives individuals who claim to be “transgender” access to the restroom or locker-room of their acclaimed gender in all businesses in the city of Lincoln. The implementation of this ordinance would create a safe space for predators under the innocent pretense of fairness. Opening a door for such predators undermines one of the main purposes of civil government which is to ensure the safety of her citizens. Local governments are not mandated to protect the feelings of their citizens. The government is mandated to protect our physical safety and property. Yet, in an effort to protect the feelings of a few the physical safety of many is being put in jeopardy. I therefore as a citizen use my right to protest the council in their thoughtless act, as a father I express my grave concerns, and as a pastor, I denounce the immorality of this fairness ordinance.

There is no medical declaration that can be given to state that someone is officially transgender. There is no mental test that can be given to determine the verification that they even think they are transgender. Therefore, the right of being “transgender” is awarded simply on one’s self-declaration of their feelings to be so. The label of being transgender is uncertifiable. This ordinance gives uncertified transgender individuals access to places that warrant a reasonable assumption of privacy from the opposite gender. Having been given access, this unverified “transgender” individual may be a predator out to do harm. What are the protections? The ordinance makes it unlawful to stop suspicious persons who would claim to be “transgender”.

In truth, there is no such thing as a transgender person. To agree that there is would be to undermine the sovereignty of God in creation. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” (Genesis 1:27) This is exactly why they have not been able to medically certify or verify that someone is transgender because the condition does not exist.

I believe it is up to every Christian to fight this ordinance and other such ordinances like it. I am not seeking to incite physical violence on anybody whatsoever. However, we can fight this by being a voice for truth and right. We can fight it at the ballot boxes. We can fight it in prayer. For the sake of our children and their safety, we must needs fight!

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