Christian leaders and MP in the Netherlands sign anti-LGBTI manifesto

Kees van der Staaij. standing at a lectern speaking, he is wearing a grey suit and orange tie

Hundreds of Christian leaders and one member of parliament have signed a manifesto expressing their opposition to LGBTI people.

Some of the points on the manifesto included expressing their belief that marriage is between and a man and a woman.

The manifesto also expressed a disapproval of transgender identities and homosexual ‘uncleanliness’.

One of the signatories to the manifesto included House of Representatives politician, Kees van der Staaij.

Van der Staaij is a member of the Reformed Political Party (SGP) a Christian political party. He leads the SGP in the lower house.

The mainly Protestant signatories, signed what is effectively a Dutch version ‘Nashville declaration’. The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) created that declaration in the US in 2017. The Nashville declaration contains a preamble and 14 articles about human sexuality. More than 22,000 people signed the original declaration after about 150 religious ministers in the US signed it.

LGBTI group COC, condemned the Dutch version of the declaration.

‘It is a damaging document for orthodox Protestant LGBTI people and a merciless and insensitive action by the signatories,’ said  COC chairman Astrid Oosenbrug in a statement.

Many Dutch politicians spoke out against the manifesto and called out van der Staaij’s involvement.

‘The Dutch version of the Nashville Declaration unfortunately makes one thing very clear. These are steps back in time,’ wrote Education Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven on Twitter.

‘We still have a long way to go. Emancipation is far from done.’

 

Author: Shannon Power

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