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Barred from heaven

Remember that song, “Jesus Loves Me”? Well, if you’re lesbian, gay or transgender, apparently Jesus doesn’t love you enough to grant you life after death in heaven.

Recently, Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan from Mexico stated in an interview with Pontifex, “Transsexuals and homosexuals will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Interestingly enough, in the same interview, the “good” cardinal continues to say that “this does not justify any form of discrimination [against them].”

If that is the case, I wonder why the Roman Catholic Church, in concert with other Christian jihadists, actively and routinely dump millions of dollars into political campaigns designed to harm and disenfranchise a number of God’s LGBT children? Sounds like active politicking for discrimination to me. Perhaps Jesus just told them that feeding the hungry and sheltering the homeless really aren’t worthy-enough causes to donate more money to.

In any event, I do think that someone needs to rewrite that song “Jesus Loves Me.” I would hate to see the Roman Catholic Church caught up in yet another lie. Maybe the Church could collaborate with Buju Banton on a modern remix of the song. Banton has written and performed many reggae songs where he affectionately sings about how gay people should be shot in the face. On numerous occasions, Banton has stated, “There is no end to the war between me and faggots.” That sounds like a message delivered from the pulpit.

Bryan D. Freehling Lahaska

Transgender Remembrance

I would like to bring to your attention several misstatements attached to the photograph of the Transgender Day of Remembrance, [“Remembering our brothers and sisters,” Nov. 27-Dec. 3]. First, this is not the third Transgender Day of Remembrance. It is the 11th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. Second, the Transgender Day of Remembrance is not “to honor transgender men and women who lost their lives to violence.” This day is set aside to honor all humans who have been brutally murdered due to anti-transgender bias. Not everyone on the list is transgender. Everyone on the list was murdered due to anti-transgender bias.

Susan Collins Jenkintown

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