This awful take about Danica Roem’s historic win is being met with grace

Photo via Danica Roem for Delegate/Facebook

Even Christian leaders chimed in with a big nope.

Tuesday, Virginia made history, electing an out transgender woman to the state Senate. Danica Roem is Virginia’s first out trans representative, and one of two out trans women elected to office (an out trans man, Tyler Titus, was also elected in a Pennsylvania school board race) in Democrats’ sweeping victories last night.

Though the occasion was a momentous one, not everyone was happy to welcome a trans person into the state legislature.

Andrew T. Walker—who is neither from Virgina nor Minneapolis (where the other out-trans woman Democrat, Andrea Jenkins, was elected)—is the director of policy studies for the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, where he is tasked with “equipping Christians … to address ethical issues facing society.”

Recently, the commission made news after the massacre at a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs by saying that there isn’t “a gun control policy outlined in scripture.”

People were in no way pleased with Walker’s tweet, the implication of it that children had to be “prepped” for trans people representing American citizens, as though they were different from everyone else. Many let him know right away that his assertion was ridiculous.

Some responded to Walker with grace.

Others… not so much.

But most responded with spreading love and understanding.

Christian leaders from across the globe chimed in to talk about inclusion.

Some reminded him of one famous Christian and his positions.

The consensus: This isn’t a “new world” children need to be prepped for. This is the world, as it’s always been, and all this does is help prove what a wonderful world this is.

Yep, that last tweet is from an Episcopal priest.

David Covucci

David Covucci

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