Auburn Seminary Senior Vice President Rev. Paul B. Raushenbush condemns U.S. vote against LGBTQ rights

For Immediate Release
October 3, 2017
Contact: Aimee Thunberg, [email protected]

Auburn Seminary Senior Vice President Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush condemns U.S. vote against LGBTQ rights
Horrified by “complete lack of moral courage” in U.S. ‘no’ vote on UN death penalty resolution

NEW YORK — Today, the U.S. was one of only 13 countries to vote against a United Nations (U.N.) resolution condemning the death penalty as punishment for same-sex relationships. In response, Auburn Seminary Senior Vice President Rev. Paul Raushenbush issued the following statement:

“The death penalty is often used against the most vulnerable of society who are least able to protect themselves from its sanctioned, deadly violence. Auburn applauds the 27 countries that recently proposed a resolution condemning the use of the death penalty to target those accused of apostasy, blasphemy, adultery, and consensual same-sex relations.

“It is hard to fathom the complete lack of moral courage that it takes to vote ‘no’ on a resolution aimed simultaneously at freedom of religious thought and protecting LGBT people from discriminatory uses of the death penalty.  In voting no, the Trump administration has shown its hand in its fake ‘religious freedom’ stances and the vicious disregard it has for the lives of LGBT people, who appear to be disposable pawns in international politics.

“LGBT people are people — created in God’s image, worthy of dignity. Auburn calls upon all people of faith to raise a collective voice in outrage at this latest vote at the U.N. and against the ongoing targeting of LGBT people around the world.”

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