Trans woman dares Bible-quoting Louisiana city councilman to stone her to death

By David Ferguson
Saturday, January 18, 2014 13:17 EDT
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A meeting of the Shreveport, Louisiana city council got heated when a transgender woman offered a Bible-quoting Christian councilman the first stone with which to stone her to death. According to the Advocate, the conservative council-member was calling for a repeal of the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance, which bans discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

On December 10, 2013, the Shreveport city council passed the non-discrimination ordinance by a 6-to-1 vote. The lone dissenting vote came from right-wing councilman Ron Webb, who said that he opposes the non-discrimination law because “The Bible tells you homosexuals are an abomination.”

Less than two weeks after the fairness ordinance passed, Webb drafted a resolution to repeal it. This week, dozens of people signed up to make public comment at the city council’s meeting to discuss the repeal measure.

One of them was Pamela Raintree, a transgender woman who quoted the Bible to Webb, saying, “Leviticus 20:13 states, ‘If a man also lie with mankind as he lieth with a woman, they shall surely put him to death,’” she said. “I brought the first stone, Mr. Webb, in case that your Bible talk isn’t just a smoke screen for personal prejudices.”

Minutes later, Webb withdrew his resolution without calling for a vote.

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David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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