Published On: Thu, May 19th, 2016

President Obama appoints Barbara Satin to Faith Advisory Council, a message on tolerance

President Obama appointed a transgender woman to the Faith Advisory Council, joining representatives from the Sikh and Baha’i communities. Barbara Satin, a transgender woman, was announced by the White House as an addition to the President’s third and final advisory council on faith-based and neighborhood partnerships.

Citing negative articles about the development, on Tuesday, Satin posted on Facebook:  “I wanted to raise our collective consciousness about the intolerance that is so rampant in our society today…

Barbara Satin

Barbara Satin

“The LGBTQ community has seen progress in equality and acceptance that was unimaginable in the past, but we are beginning to see what the future can hold if the religious right continues to be effective at chipping away at our progress. North Carolina is the poster child for such intolerance. We need to be active and passionate about our future, and our votes.”

Satin is the assistant faith work director for the National LGBTQ Task Force and a member of the United Church of Christ (UCC). She was the first openly transgender member of the UCC’s executive council and has served on the board of a number of other LGBT community groups.

Of her appointment, Satin said: “Given the current political climate, I believe it’s important that a voice of faith representing the transgender and gender non-conforming community — as well as a person of my years, nearly 82 — be present and heard in these vital conversations.”

Also added was Naseem Kourosh, human rights officer at the US Baha’i office of public affairs and Manjit Singh, co-founder and chairman of the Sikh American Legal Defence and Education Fund.

Obama said Satin, Kourosh and Singh were “fine public servants” and would bring “depth of experience and tremendous dedication” to their roles.

“I look forward to working with them,” he said.

The President’s advisory council is charged with making policy recommendations to the administration as well as suggesting improvements and best practices for services that relate to faith-based groups.

Adding a transgender to a religious minded council seemed to stoke the fires from the transgender bathroom controversy dominating headlines.

photo/ donkeyhotey

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  1. Sandra says:

    Once the Enamy-of-State leaves the WH, it might take an estimated 100 years to restore America just to pre-existing condition. This president should have been long terminated over his consistently anti-American actions.
    What would happen if majority of Americans were actually alert and sober? Would any of this take place?

  2. Mcgowaney says:

    Pre-president Senator Obama: Wherefore art thou?

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