Opposing Equality Act

Alaska Family Action is encouraging Biblically-aligned faith leaders across Alaska to sign a Pastoral Statement of Opposition to the dangerous and far-reaching Equality Act likely to be voted on in the U.S. Senate any day.

Statement by Alaska Faith Leaders

Opposing Equality Act

We are Christian pastors and leaders from across the state of Alaska, and we are writing in opposition to the Equality Act.

We firmly believe that all people have dignity and are made in the image of God, and one aspect of that is that God created us “male and female” (Genesis 1:27). To act or speak otherwise – as the Equality Act would require – would be to violate our deeply held religious convictions. Moreover, we believe that the policies advanced by the Equality Act would greatly harm our neighbors from many walks of life.

The Equality Act could force people of faith in a variety of professions to choose between violating their beliefs or losing their livelihood.

Medical professionals could be forced to promote or participate in medical “gender transition,” a process which can leave patients sterile and potentially involves amputating or altering healthy body parts. This is something to which even some non-religious medical professionals may object because of the harm it can inflict on patients.

Faith-based nonprofits would be affected, as well. Foster and adoption agencies, for example, could be compelled to affirm a young child’s belief that they were born in the wrong body, and to only place children in homes that would likewise affirm this belief. If they don’t comply, they could be forced to shut their doors – limiting the already-slim resources for children in need. Similarly, battered women’s shelters may be compelled to admit men into their facilities, despite knowing that this may cause women to re-live the trauma of the abuse from which they are trying to recover.

Meanwhile, the Act could threaten the freedom of artists and other professionals to live according to their beliefs, and the ability of our own churches to require employees to abide by core tenets of our own faith. Adding insult to injury, the Equality Act would specifically bar invocation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).

Even for those who do not hold religious convictions, the Equality Act poses a threat. Notably, it could undermine parental rights – harming families across the nation. And, it would force schools to allow males to compete in and win sports contests reserved for females.

As Christians, we are compelled to follow Jesus’ commandment to “love your neighbor as yourself.” We consider it unloving to electively subject a young person to potential sterilization and mutilation, “treatments” which fail to heal the wounds of the heart. We believe it is unloving and unwise to undermine the ability of parents to lovingly care for their children in the way they see best. And, it is certainly unloving to force victims of abuse to re-live their trauma, or to make talented female athletes watch as their opportunities for athletic achievement are swept from under their feet.

We oppose the Equality Act because it is unloving to our neighbors and because it stands to threaten the ability of people of faith to live according to their convictions.

Join Us in opposing the Equality Act

Read More about opposing the Equality Act

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Statement on Equality Act

Al Mohler: If the Equality Act Passes, Say Goodbye to Religious Freedom

Here’s a List of Faith Leaders that have Joined Us in Opposing the Equality Act

Faith LeaderTitleChurchLocation

Jimmy StewartDirector of EvangelismAlaska Baptist Resource NetworkAnchorage
Randy CovingtonExec DirAlaska Baptist Resource NetworkAnchorage
David P. LeyPresidentAlaska Bible CollegePalmer
Paul HartleySuperintendentAlaska District Church of the NazareneKenai
Rev. David TerwilligerRectorAll Saints Episcopal ChurchAnchorage
Jon DonohuePastorAlliance Bible ChurchAnchorage
Bob BakerPastorAnchorage Baptist TempleAnchorage
Don BarnhartPastorAnchorage Baptist TempleAnchorage
Ron HoffmanLead PastorAnchorage Baptist TempleAnchorage
Spencer MooreAssistant PastorAnchorage Baptist TempleAnchorage
Tony SmithPastorAnchorage Baptist TempleAnchorage
Spencer SteenmeyerPastorAnchorage Bible FellowshipAnchorage
Gary MortonSenior PastorAnchorage First Assembly of GodAnchorage
Steve HatterExecutive PastorAnchorage Grace ChurchAnchorage
Jeff CrottsSenior PastorAnchorage Grace ChurchAnchorage
Nathan SchneiderPastorAnchorage Grace ChurchAnchorage
Pete JohnsonPastorAnchorage Grace ChurchAnchorage
Randy KarlbergSuperintendentAnchorage Grace SchoolAnchorage
Tony SchultzPastorAnchorage Lutheran ChurchAnchorage
Bernard Van EeSenior PastorAnchorage Reformed Presbyterian FellowshipAnchorage
Stephen CooperRectorAnglican Church of the RedeemerFairbanks
Kenneth KirklandPastorApostolic Church of Jesus ChristValdez
Levi SmithLead PastorAwaken ChurchAnchorage
John CarpenterLead PastorBaxter Bible ChurchAnchorage
Moye PolancoPastorBethel Hispanic Church of GodAnchorage
Lorin Bradbury, Ph.DPastorBethel United Pentecostal ChurchBethel
Seth O'BrienYouth PastorBethel United Pentecostal ChurchBethel
Keith GarnerPastorBible Baptist ChurchChugiak
Dr. Douglas B. DuffettPastorBible Baptist ChurchFairbanks
Rick SteeleExecutive PastorChangePointAnchorage
Scott MerrinerPastorChangePointAnchorage
Rev. Tim DavisPastorChapel by the SeaAnchorage
David TaylorPastorChristian Community ChurchHomer
Ben SchoffmanLead PastorChugach Covenant ChurchAnchorage
Chris MillerCampus PastorChurch on the RockPalmer
Michael MerrinerLead PastorClear Water ChurchAnchorage
Glen CottonPastorClearwater Baptist ChurchDelta Junction
Perry AbramsPastorCommunity Baptist ChurchDillingham
Brad SutterLead PastorCornerstone ChurchAnchorage
Paul MooreExecutive PastorCornerstone ChurchAnchorage
Shane PaulsenAdministrative PastorCornerstone ChurchAnchorage
Ron BaileyYouth PastorCornerstone Church
Ash BraquetWorship PastorCornerstone ChurchAnchorage
Catlan SardinaChildren's PastorCornerstone ChurchAnchorage
Chip SwansonPastorCovenant ChurchUnalakleet
Jim SchulzSenior PastorCrossroads Assembly of GodAnchorage
Ivan LeibbrandtTeaching PastorDenali Bible ChapelFairbanks
Bradford BlackstoneSenior PastorEagle River GraceEagle River
James L. Jones D.MinPastorEmbassy Christian CenterEagle River
Robert (Bob) CinnamonDirectorEuthus HouseWasilla
Drey GulenkoSenior PastorEvangelical House of PrayerNorth Pole
Ray and Rosie TappPastorsFaith Harbor FellowshipValdez
Jaime SchaeferAssoc PastorFaith Recovery FellowshipWasilla
Scott ThompsonPastorFaith Recovery FellowshipWasilla
Dr. Tom BearupPastorFamily Bible FellowshipSoldotna
Ted SwezeyPastorFirst Baptist ChurchEagle River
Dr. Bruce V. RowellPastorFirst Baptist Church of PalmerPalmer
Rev. John MoropoulosPastorGateway Christian FellowshipPalmer
Brian WilbertPastorGlacierView Bible ChurchGlacier View
Prince NwankuduPastorGod's Family Church AlaskaAnchorage
Dr. Scott KirbyPresidentGraceWorks AlaskaAnchorage
Bruce HamiltonSenior PastorHamilton Acres Baptist ChurchFairbanks
Blake HartLead PastorHillside Baptist ChurchAnchorage
Jacob GerasimofPastorHomer Independent Baptist ChurchHomer
Mike ClarkPastorIliamna Baptist ChurchIliamna
Caleb CinereskiPastorImmanuel Baptist ChurchKenai
Victor MarburyPastor/ChaplainImmanuel Christian CenterAnchorage
Joseph & Elma GrahamPastorsIn His Shadows MinistryHealy
Terry McGovernPastorIndependent Baptist Church of AnchorageAnchorage
Derek DickinsonPastorJourney Christian ChurchFairbanks
Michael J. RoseSenior PastorJuneau Christian CenterJuneau
Rodney WickerPastorKenai United Pentacostal ChurchKenai
Geoff GloverLead PastorKetchikan Community ChurchKetchikan
Robbin RobbertPastorKing of Kings Lutheran ChurchWasilla
Daniel BrackenPastorKings Chapel AlaskaWasilla
Tim UngryPastorKotzebue Bible Baptist ChurchKotzebue
Theodore LindleyPastorKwethluk United Pentecostal ChurchKwethluk
Jason DaughtrySenior PastorLazy Mountain Bible ChurchPalmer
Jim BlackshearSenior PastorLife ChurchAnchorage
Wes StaffordPastorLighthouse Baptist ChurchKodiak
Dr Ken FriendlySenior PastorLighthouse Christian FellowshipAnchorage
Dan SmouseLead PastorLighthouse Community ChurchNikiski
Matthew TiradoYouth Leader/PastorLighthouse Community ChurchNikiski
Carl DulinskyPastorLimitless ChurchPalmer
Danielle DulinskyPastorLimitless ChurchPalmer
Steve CardinPastorManna Baptist ChurchPalmer
Charles EnglandPastorMaranatha Baptist ChurchAnchorage
Luke A. KerrPastorMaranatha FellowshipAnchorage
Ron HammanPastorMid-Valley Independent Baptist ChurchHouston
Eric HiattPastorMoose Pass Community ChurchMoose Pass
Kent RedfearnLead PastorMuldoon Community Assembly ChurchAnchorage
Oleg BuellerSenior PastorNadezhda ChurchWasilla
Brian ChronisterPastorNew Grace Christian ChurchAnchorage
Phil MurphyPastorNew Life TabernacleHomer
Dennis HotchkissSenior PastorNorthgate ChurchWasilla
Kenny MenendezPastorOpen Door Baptist ChurchAnchorage
James M BuckinghamPastor EmeritusPalmer Christian FellowshipMatSu Borough
Joseph ParreiraLead PastorPalmer Family ChurchPalmer
Mike TauriainenElderPeninsula Bible FellowshipSoldotna
Loren MorrallLead PastorRadiant ChurchFairbanks
Barry OrzalliLead PastorReal Life ChurchPalmer
Bernard Van EeSenior PastorReformed Presbyterian FellowshipAnchorage
Arnol FarmerSenior PastorRiver of Life ChurchKiana
Wesley SommersPastorRiver of Life ChurchNoorvik
Sven MaakestadCollege PastorRoots Family ChurchSoldotna
Rev. William P. HanrahanAssoc PastorSacred Heart Catholic ParishSeward
Max IngallsPastorSeward City ChurchSeward
Pavel LosikPastorSlavic Evangelical Church NadezhdaWasilla
Michael MendenhallPastorSoldotna PentecostalsSoldotna
Rev. Dennis RichardsonPastorSonRise Community ChurchAnchorage
Michael PettijohnLead PastorSouth Anchorage Assembly of GodAnchorage
Dr. Lawrence James EllisonSenior PastorSt John Baptist ChurchFairbanks
The Rev. Seth BrookerRectorSt. Andrew's Anglican ChurchAnchorage
Renamary RauchensteinLay leaderSt. Bernard Catholic ChurchTalkeetna
Fr. Eric WisemanParochial VicarSt. Francis Xavier ParishValdez
Joseph WargackPastorSt. Nicholas of MyraAnchorage
Mitch GloverPastorSterling Pentecostal ChurchSterling
Milt MichenerPastorSummit Worship CenterWasilla
S. Duane GuisingerPastorSunny Knik ChapelKnik
Todd BuckPastorTenakee Springs Community ChurchTenakee Springs
Jim SmithFaith LeaderThe Church at Clam GulchClam Gulch
Kathy MillerOrganist/Nursery LeaderThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day SaintsKenai
Bradley RudSenior PastorThe Crossing at BirchwoodChugiak
Shane HopkinsPastorThe Lighthouse ChurchFairbanks
P. Derrick SeagravesPastorThe Sanctuary of Eagle RiverEagle River
Chris LiuPastorToksook United Pentecostal ChurchToksook
Mark ZweifelLead PastorTrue North ChurchFairbanks
Albert BurnhamPastorUnalaska Reformed ChurchUnalaska
Jacob WhitakerPastorUnalaska Reformed ChurchUnalaska
Joshua TannerLead PastorUnite ChurchAnchorage
Rick BenjaminFormer Sr. PastorUnite ChurchAnchorage
Brian FickesPastorValdez Bible BaptistValdez
Rev. Randy HillmanPastorValley Anglican Fellowship ChurchPalmer/Wasilla
Kathy ConnValley Pastors Prayer NetworkMat Su Valley
Manoj InglePastorWasilla Lake Church of the NazareneWasilla
Art MathiasPastorWellspring ChurchAnchorage
Pat HadleyPastorWellspring ChurchAnchorage
Steve AlexanderPastorWord of Faith AssemblyWasilla
Peter KulakevichPastorWord of Life ChurchWasilla
Dr. Keith J HamiltonReverendKenai

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