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Support for Morgane Oger, Candidate for Vancouver False Creek

April 28, 2017

My friend Morgane Oger is running for the NDP in Vancouver False Creek in the May 9, 2017 provincial election.  She has been very active in Vancouver’s education scene, chairing the Vancouver District Parent Council for a number of years.  She is an engineer by education, has worked in the tech sector and is a human rights advocate instrumental in bringing forward Bill C 16.  She also happens to be a transgender woman.  Yesterday, it came to light through a CTV report that a man named William Whatcott is handing out flyers in Vancouver False Creek encouraging people not to vote for her in the name of religion because her gender is a lie. “The truth is there are only two genders, male and female and they are God given and unchangeable,” the handouts read.  As followers of Christ we believe in Jesus’ central message of mercy and love–especially towards the most marginalized of society.  We don’t believe in using Christianity to spread hate.  Desmond Tutu said that “If you are neutral in times of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor”.  Please contact the following Christian organizations in Vancouver to ask them not to be neutral but denounce Mr. Whatcott’s actions through a public statement in the media:

Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver, Archbishop Michael Miller, CSB:  604 683 0281

Anglican Diocese of New Westminster Bishop Melissa Skelton: Contact 604-684- 6306 or bishop@vancouver.anglican.ca

First United Church, Executive Director Rev. Dr. Carmen Lansdowne:  604 681-8365

Canadian Baptists of Western Canada, Executive Minister, Rev. Jeremy Bell 604-225-5916 office@cbwc.ca

Thank you for your support in the name of Jesus who is Love.

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