Religious Freedom Resolution

Religious Freedom Resolution & the Way Forward (Annual Conference Resolution #2016–18)



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RESOLUTION #2016 – 18 (Committed to the Bishop)

Resolution on Religious Freedom

Presented by Arch St. UMC, Calvary UMC First UMC of Germantown, Historic St. George’s UMC, First UMC of Media, Drexel Hill UMC, Swarthmore UMC, St. Luke UMC of Bryn Mawr, Penns Park UMC, Grandview UMC Lancaster, Chestnut Hill United Church, and Union UMC of Havertown.

WHEREAS, paragraph 162J of the 2012 Book of Discipline commits The United Methodist Church to supporting “basic human rights and civil liberties … for all persons, regardless of sexual orientation,” andWHEREAS, that same paragraph includes “equal protection before the law” amongst such basic rights and liberties, and

WHEREAS, several state legislatures are considering or have passed legislation which would limit their LGBT citizens’ freedom from discrimination in employment, housing, or public accommodation based on any individual’s, company’s or organization’s supposed right to “religious freedom,” and

WHEREAS, such legislation is a covert attempt to allow bigotry and discrimination under the guide of “religious freedom;”

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference formally denounces such legislation in any state or jurisdiction because of the spurious use of the term “religious freedom” and because of the obviously discriminatory nature of such legislation.

Person responsible for presenting Resolution: Rev. Dr. David M Krueger