First off, let me say that I have no idea where this thread belongs; I’m asking for advice on a religious/political/personal issue over which I am considerably angry -
Too mild at present for the pit, too deep and contentious for IMHO or MPSIMS.
Perhaps we can start here and move it somewhere else if it becomes more appropriate.
I am strongly opposed to the actions suggested in the letter and I think that parts of it are plain false or needlessly inflammatory (“Church leaders face a £5,000 fine if they tell the truth that a male transexual is a man” - ‘truth’, right) or just plain silly (“Churches will be pressurised to allow male transexuals to use the ladies’ lavatories…” - heavens above! You mean they might do a man-poo in there?), while other parts of it are dangerous, well, the whole concept is a dangerous one, in my opinion.
Needless to say, I’m in a pretty small minority with this view; the majoristy of the folks there (who have probably never knowingly even met a transexual) are just being nice little puppets and allowing themselves and their minds to be manipulated into tacit hatred of the transgendered (who are lumped into the convenient category of ‘perverts’, along with homosexuals, rapists and paedophiles - no qualitative distinction required, thank you!).
So, why don’t I just walk out of the place?
Well, perhaps I should do just that - register my disgust and leave.
But I don’t think that is the right thing to do - I am moderately well-respected in this group and I am in a position to possibly effect some kind of change here, however minor - even if that change isn’t the whole thing, just getting a few people to think for themselves about it would be an achievement, but I can’t go in with all guns blazing, as this would (I think) quickly diminish any tendency to listen to me; neither do I want to leave - I actually love all these folks, warts and all (and they appear to love me, warts and all).
I also have (personal)reasons not to want to abandon my faith.
So, the floor is open to you , the dopers (religious and otherwise) - what should a thinking person do in such a situation? Constructive suggestions warmly welcomed.
PS. I plan to write letters, but not the ones that I’m being asked to.