Anchor Park United Methodist Church
Lent is an important time among Christian disciples, it’s a time we seek restoration for our lives, particularly with our relationships. It is a time to take stock of where we stand with God, creation, and ourselves. We begin this season with Ash Wednesday, a time to remember our sinfulness as humans before God and to remember our human morality. It is the day we set as the day we begin rehabilitation.
Ash Wednesday Service, February 14th at 6:30 pm
Fair Anchorage and MOA Proposition 1
On Sunday February 25, Anchor Park will have an opportunity to learn more about Proposition 1, which will be on the ballot for the April 3rd MOA election. Rev. Denise Sudbeck will present more information for all those interested, from 12:30 to 1:30 downstairs in the Saafi Tongan Room.
Proposition 1 is of Social Justice interest because it would negate many existing provisions of Anchorage Municipal Code Title 3, Section 5.20.080 having to do with privacy. It would remove existing civil rights protections, for certain individuals using public restrooms or locker rooms based on gender identity. Proposition 1 defines "sex" as an individual's "immutable biological condition of being male or female,"
as determined by "anatomy and genetics at the time of birth"; an individual's "original birth certificate" could be relied upon as definitive evidence" of the individual's sex.
Several brief points:
1) There is no reported evidence of any problems relating to the existing ordinance. The MOA Chief of Police says in effect that there have been no violations. It is a "solution" in search of a problem which doesn't exist.
2) Were Prop. 1 to pass, to be constitutional, enforcement would require that every person using any public restroom, carry their birth certificate and be examined, which would be a greater violation of privacy than the existing statutes which it claims to remedy.
3) This examination process would require continuous security guard stationed at the door of every restroom and locker room in every school, church, bar, restaurant, public building and place of employment in the municipality for all hours such facility is open -- a totally unsustainable cost. (And think TSA line at the airport.)
Come down on February 25 and learn more!
VOTE! This election will be Anchorage's first ballot-by-mail. The last day to register or change your voter information is March 3th. Ballots will be mailed out to registered voters on Tuesday March 13, and must be returned/postmarked before 8 pm Tuesday April 3 to be counted.
-Anchor Park Social Justice Group