Pastor Seeks to End Transgender Bathroom Conflict by Proposing New Restroom System
Veronica NeffingerReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2016 Apr 26
A pastor seeking to end the transgender bathroom debate has proposed a new restroom plan he says will accommodate everyone.
According to ChristianToday.com, Pastor Ryan Phipps of the Forefront Church in New York city stated, "I've had about as much as I can take of the 'anti-transgender-people-in-bathrooms' discussion.”
Phipps says that Christians should be leading the discussion and providing solutions on issues such as this, and that is why he has come up with a plan for a new restroom system he says will make everyone happy.
Under Phipps’s new proposal, restrooms would have completely separate stalls, each with its own toilet, sink, mirror, trash can, hand dryer, and diaper changing station.
People of both genders will use the same facilities, but each stall will provide greater privacy. Also, security cameras will monitor people walking in and out of the restroom, but will not record within the individual stalls.
"By making one bathroom that all people can use, available space is doubled by the elimination of the other gender-separated space. In addition, eliminating the sinks outside the stalls creates space for them inside each stall," Phipps explains.
Phipps hopes that people can stop arguing over this issue and instead heed the Apostle Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 10:5: “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
"Are you doing this?" Phipps asks. "Are you demolishing arguments and pretension that keep people from knowing God? Are you taking your thoughts captive to the way of Jesus, who didn't turn people away, but who found a way to welcome them?"
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Publication date: April 26, 2016