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Final month, The San Diego Union-Tribune introduced to light a disturbing incident from November in which a member of the Leon L. Williams San Diego County Human Relations Commission frequently reported that he, like God, noticed transgender folks as “an abomination.” In a abide by-up interview with an editorial author, Pastor Dennis Hodges utilized his opinions to transgender and homosexual individuals and said he hadn’t performed “anything erroneous.”
Offered that the commission was founded “to promote constructive human relations, respect and the integrity of each particular person irrespective of gender, religion, culture, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age or citizenship standing,” Hodges’ views are merely not compatible with the aims he is anticipated to uphold. Fairly than take away him, county Supervisors Nathan Fletcher and Nora Vargas encouraged the fee respond by crafting new bylaws. It did, proposing a code of carry out holding customers accountable for actions at odds with the commission’s reason and a provision allowing for the fee to take away a member for trigger. County supervisors authorised the bylaws on Tuesday on a 4-1 vote.
Hodges identified as the principles censorship and said “we’re not marketing favourable human relations when we develop legal guidelines that do not assistance the flexibility of religion and belief.” Commissioner Cara Dessert, CEO of The San Diego LGBT Community Middle, referred to as Hodges’ terms an attack and reported, “I look ahead to his elimination to be docketed for our following commission assembly.” So does The San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board. As Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer said, the ideal to free speech is not the right to provide on a government board.
In the end, county human relations commissioners will have to all realize they have no official standing to deny the humanity of some others. The pastor’s most new opinions show he neither grasps nor accepts this apparent reality. The new bylaws will not be used retroactively, but commissioners should really inquire Hodges if he’s seen the gentle, and if his reply is insufficient, they ought to take away him.