Community faith leaders join Fairness West Virginia for panel discussion

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia University at Parkersburg’s Social Justice Committee will host a “Faith is Fairness” panel discussion sponsored by Fairness West Virginia on Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. in the college theater (room 1305). The event is free and open to the public.

The panel discussion is the namesake of Fairness West Virginia’s “Faith is Fairness” project which asks faith leaders and followers to answer how their beliefs defend the LGBTQ community. Reverends Steve Peck and Shauna Hyde of Parkersburg and Clare Sulgit of St. Marys will serve as panelists on the topic. The discussion will be moderated by Billy Wolfe, Fairness West Virginia communications specialist.

“So often, religion is abused to justify LGBTQ discrimination,” said Wolfe. “And yet, the Golden Rule – the idea that we should treat others the way we, ourselves, wish to be treated – is a central commandment in nearly every world religion.”

Dozens of faith leaders throughout West Virginia have joined the project to call on local and state government to protect the LGBTQ community from discrimination. “They do so not in spite of their faith, but because of their faith,” added Wolfe.

“We hope members of all religious faiths and Christian denominations will join us for this important conversation,” said Debbie Richards, WVU Parkersburg Social Justice Committee co-chair.

For more information, contact Billy Wolfe at billy@fairnesswv.org or Debbie Richards at Debbie.Richards@wvup.edu or 304-424-8201.