15 "Nashville Statement" Responses That Prove The Anti-LGBT Manifesto Is Anything But Representative Of The City
On Tuesday, The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood released a proclamation of 14 beliefs known as the "Nashville Statement." Among other beliefs, the statement defines marriage as only between a man and a woman, and it condemns homosexuality, transgender identity, and sex outside of marriage. Following the release of the Nashville Statement, many Twitter users were outraged, saying the statement does not represent Nashville and critiquing its divisiveness.
The document is called the "Nashville Statement" because it was developed by the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) at the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission’s annual conference, which happened to take place in Nashville this year. According to HuffPost, CBMW president Denny Burk said the statement was designed to address Christians’ “confusion” over sexuality issues and to respond to what its signatories consider to be an “increasingly post-Christian” culture. As HuffPost reported, the document was signed by a variety of evangelical leaders.
Many social media users found the statement disheartening and upsetting. They took strong issue with the content of the document, which is anti-LGBTQ in nature as well as with the organization's decision to call it the "Nashville Statement," forcibly tying the city to something that is not representative of many of its residents. The following consists of a variety of responses to the Nashville Statement, which are unified in their ardent critique of the manifesto.
1Does Not Represent Nashville
The @CBMWorg's so-called "Nashville Statement" is poorly named and does not represent the inclusive values of the city & people of Nashville— Megan Barry (@MayorMeganBarry) August 29, 2017
Nashville's Mayor, Megan Barry, took to Twitter to express her disdain for the document and its naming, saying it is far from representing the inclusiveness that Nashville seeks to foster.
2Empty The Pews
This woman has advice for churchgoers with a pastor who signed the Nashville Statement.
3Codifying Discrimination Is Painful
The #NashvilleStatement is nothing new, but codifying discrimination and perpetuating lies about sexuality is still deeply painful.— Matthew Blake (@MatthewBlake) August 29, 2017
While this man was not surprised at the content of the document, he emphasized the highly problematic nature of taking overt action to write guiding affirmations and denials related to sexuality.
The #NashvilleStatement has no association to Nashville besides a bunch of whackos came here for a convention. I'm so mad they associated...— WildInBliss (@WildInBliss) August 30, 2017
Many social media users were infuriated that the document included Nashville's name.
5Better Things To Do
Dear "Christians" (not to be confused with the compassionate, loving kind) you have better shit to do. #NashvilleStatement— Elle_Gonz 🤘🌈 (@mommygonz081410) August 30, 2017
This woman believes that those who wrote the statement could be using their time more wisely.
Many on Twitter condemned the crafters of the statement for their apparent focus on divisiveness over helping others.
7A Different "Nashville Statement"
I've got my own #NashvilleStatement: Consenting adults can love, screw and marry whoever they want <full stop>.— Michael Eisen (@SenatorPhD) August 30, 2017
This man has an idea for a much more inclusive "Nashville Statement."
I try so hard to respect and remember the morals I've gained from my Christian upbringing. But today I feel so ashamed. #NashvilleStatement— DW Walker (@dw_walker88) August 30, 2017
This Twitter user asserted that the statement did not align with their own Christian beliefs.
9Stolen Our Name
Nashville does NOT support this statement. It has stolen our name , but in no way represents us. #nashvillestatement— Danielle (@Mynewyorkad) August 30, 2017
This woman, like many, wanted to make it clear that the Nashville Statement is not representative of Nashville itself.
Clicked on "The Nashville Statement." Honestly thought it would be our city, reaching out to Houston. One flood to another. I am not smart.— Jon Acuff (@JonAcuff) August 29, 2017
Jon Acuff, an author, noted his surprise on finding out of what the Nashville Statement actually consisted, particularly in the wake of flooding in Houston.
Too busy to denounce Trump but plenty of time to draft this constitution of forced singleness for LGBT ppl. #nashvillestatement— Brett Trapp (@BrettTrapp) August 29, 2017
This Twitter thought that those who drafted the statement could spend their time much more wisely.
12Religion Should Be About Love
#NashvilleStatement the bigotry in this statement is astounding. religion isn't about condemning those different than you, it's about love.— amanda🏳️🌈 (@hamsterherself) August 30, 2017
This woman noted that she believes that the message being sent by the Nashville Statement is not representative of religion, but bigotry.
13The Importance Of Resistance
Every day is just a reminder of how hateful the US has become and how much more we need to fight. #NashvilleStatement just shows it.— David Latchman (@SciWriterDave) August 30, 2017
This Twitter user noted that the Nashville Statement epitomizes why fighting for equality and respect for everyone's human rights is more important than ever.
14They Made A Choice
People signing/supporting the wretched #NashvilleStatement , LGBTQ+ were born that way, but you're making a choice to be assholes— Amber (@IambicAmber) August 30, 2017
This woman provided some insight into the role of choice in being an LGBTQ individual versus condemning an LGBTQ individual.
15Love Is Just For You
The anti-#NashvilleStatement: We affirm that God—if s/he exists at all—doesn't give a fuck about who you love, because that's just for you.— 🛡➖Dustin Miller ➖📎 (@spdustin) August 30, 2017
Many social media users noted that who people choose to love is their own choice — and not anyone else's.
Overall, these social media users (and many more) exemplified the many things that people find problematic about the recently-released Nashville Statement. It is refreshing to see so many using their voices to perpetuate inclusiveness and counter divisiveness.