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Reflections on Disasters Both Natural and Unnatural

Post submitted by Sharon Groves, former HRC Director, Religion and Faith Program

As we are entering the final days of this historic election season, I am deeply grateful for the inspiring words of Bishop Yvette Flounder and Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson. 

Both are religious leaders who have devoted their precious talents to creating a world where LGBT people can live freely and openly.  Their recent reflections on "unnatural disasters" provides a faithful context for our work while fearlessly calling out those who would use the biblical text as a tool of oppression. 

Natural disasters can bring out people’s best. As Hurricane Sandy roared across the Northeast, people joined together to pile sandbags; they reached out to neighbors who needed a dry place; they risked life and limb to save strangers from a watery grave. Would that all neighbors be treated with such respect in political storms as well.

Please read their powerful post featured in On Faith. 

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