Elevation Church Scandal
On August 6th Amanda attended Elevation Church just like she had in the past. While enjoying the service, her daughter Idamae was happily nursing under a cover, like she had done during service many times before. Then a volunteer approached Amanda with a flashlight and asked Amanda to get up and follow her to the "mother's area".This of course drew the attention of some of the congregation. Amanda did as she was told though, completely out if shame. That's when she was lead to the bathroom pictured, and informed that she could return to service when she was finished. When she questioned the volunteer, she was told it is not about her own comfort, but the comfort of others. Another staff memeber who had been listening to this conversation was joined by a security staff member as they proceeded laughing, which ceased only when a woman security staff member nodded in the direction of Amanda, bringing to their attention she was still able to see and hear them mocking her.
Not only is it against the law to ask a breastfeeding mother to move, or cease feeding her child, it is embarrassing and discriminatory.
I am asking for donations to hire a lawyer for Amanda. The church staff was wrong in the way they handled this situation. One of the men that was laughing presumably at Amandas experience sent her a condescending massage, saying that her children will embarrass her more than this situation has, adding insult to injury. I want to make certain this does not happen to another woman at Elevation services. Not only should they have trained their staff better, there is no excuse for leading a breastfeeding mother to a bathroom. The goal of the lawsuit is to STOP the embarrassment and discrinination of breastfedding mothers!!!Also to provide an accessible, and adequate room for mothers to breastfeed in if they should CHOOSE to use it. It's a shame that breasts are so sexualized that a mother cannot peacefully feed her child just as Christians believe Mary fed Jesus, in a church of all places.
Any donation will aid in our fight to normalize breastfeeding!
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