U.S. Parents Involved in Education (USPIE) has awarded the October "Millstone of the Month Award" to Galileo Church in Fort Worth, Texas for raising money for grants to send children to other states for gender manipulation and mutilation, or what the parents' group describes as a "blatant disregard of biblical principles and the welfare of confused children."
Earlier this year, the Texas Legislature passed a bill to protect the state's children from taking those irreversible measures. In response, Galileo Church founded the North Texas TRANSportation Network, a nonprofit organization that raises funds to transport minors to other states where they can get the "gender-affirming treatments" they want.
According to USPIE, the Millstone of the Month Award as "a monthly recognition of an individual who is actively working to deceive, indoctrinate, or negatively impact children with leftist, anti-God propaganda."
The award's name is a reference to Matthew 18:6, where Jesus warns, "Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea."
Jonathan Covey of Texas Values does not think Galileo qualifies as a church.
"You're a political organization portraying yourself with some level of spirituality," he submits. "The sad truth is when you ignore the Bible, and you enable the harming of children, you're working against God's will. That's the simple fact of the matter."
As he has previously told AFN, Christians are called to help the helpless, not harm them. Still, the pastor of the church, Rev. Dr. Katie Hayes, maintains that Galileo is answering Jesus' call "to be good neighbors."
"What we'll probably never agree on with progressives is that cutting off body parts or providing kids with harmful treatments that cause them permanent damage is a form of helping them. It's not," Covey states. "If you can look at the science, if they can look at the facts and just plain reject the plain evidence that's before their eyes, I don't know that there's much left to say."
Galileo Church is reportedly associated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a mainline Protestant denomination that is governed congregationally. Number one on its list of "missional priorities" is "justice for LGBTQ+ humans."