Tomorrow New York will hold its primary. It would appear if the polls are correct, that Clinton and Trump will win their party’s primary in the state. But, we need to keep the pressure on the Republican Party for their insistence on passing hate laws. We cannot allow them to fall off the headlines, and out of our memory. This election is just too important.
In several states, laws have been passed about LGBT rights. Or should I say, anti-LGBT laws that take away basic rights of that community. When the bills are passed, like in North Carolina and Mississippi, there is always backlash. However, in a few short days, that news becomes old and dies from the papers and news shows.
I do not intend to let that happen here. I believe that when one party gives in to such hate, they need to be called out often. In election years, we need to remind the voters of these hate laws to keep that party from gaining control anywhere.
Ted Cruz said he thinks the law in North Carolina is “reasonable”. The Governor, Pat McCrory said yesterday that the Human Rights Campaign is more powerful than the NRA. Of course, they are so powerful he got their name wrong.
On Meet the Press, he said: “The Human Rights Council. My gosh, they’re more powerful than the NRA. And they have millions of dollars, which makes me want to overturn [Citizens] United, because I don’t know who their donors are, either. But they are putting on a lot of pressure, instead of having good dialogue.
“Good dialogue” is a fantastic term that the Governor has no definition for. When the media covers these laws, they always focus on the one slim item that makes them seem wrong. They always key in on the civil rights aspect. That is no small matter, but they always miss the key point. These laws have no reason to exist except hate.
There are a lot of reasons that laws get passed. There are safety reasons. There are environmental concerns. There are taxes. There are crime prevention. However, there is one thing that all laws have in common. They are intended to correct or prevent an issue that affects every person. They are defined and contain language of enforcement and consequences of breaking the law.
The anti-LGBT laws that are being passed neither address any real problem nor do they define enforcement. They claim the problem they are addressing is keeping rapists from using women’s bathrooms in public to attack more victims. Well, that problem does not exist as defined by their arguments.
I have searched the public records and discovered that there has never been a case of a rapist dressing up like a woman, going into a woman’s restroom, and raping an unsuspecting woman. Rape is a hideous, violent crime of control over women. Rapists want the woman to know exactly that they are a man. They don’t hide in dresses while sitting in a woman’s restroom stall. This type of crime does not exist, according to public records about rape cases.
The law does not say exactly how police are to enforce this law. Are we supposed to pay for police officers to sit in public restrooms and conduct checks on the genitals of each person who enters? Are we going to make every woman pull up her skirt so a police officer than verify that she is really a woman? Are we going to make men drop their pants so police officers can see they are really men?
How else are you going to enforce these laws? If you are so afraid that men will dress up as women just to go into a woman’s restroom to rape someone, you must have genital checks to stop them from entering the restroom in the first place! Only, that isn’t in the bill that was passed.
The bill merely states that each person entering a restroom must use the restroom that matches their gender on their birth certificate. Yet, the law does not force everyone in North Carolina to carry a copy of their birth certificate with them so it can be checked when entering a restroom.
So how are women going to know that every person in that public restroom with her was actually born a woman? She doesn’t, so the law means absolutely nothing to her “safety” as Republicans claim.
There is only one reason that North Carolina, Mississippi, and a host of other states have passed such laws. HATE. These laws serve no purpose but to stigmatize a group of people Republicans hate. They serve no purpose but to spread that hate around the state to normal people. They serve no purpose but to place a group of people in a second class citizen status.
Over 160 business in North Carolina have called on the Governor to repeal the bill. He refuses. There have been cancellations of concerts from people like Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr because of the bill. Still the Governor refuses to repeal the bill.
This law was quickly passed because the City of Charlotte passed a bill that was just the opposite of this hate law. The Governor and State Legislature wasted no time passing this hate law that includes a portion that says municipalities don’t have the right to pass laws in their own city.
In his appearance on Meet the Press, McCrory said: “I don’t think the government should be telling the private sector what their restroom and shower law should be, to allow a man into a woman’s restroom or shower facility at a YMCA, for example. He added that, in his opinion, Charlotte “overstepped.”
McCrory further said he was trying to balance questions of equality with privacy, “including even privacy in the most private area of life, which is a restroom, locker room or shower facility.”
So, Todd asked a reasonable question. Should transgender people not expect the same kind of privacy. “Do you want someone who identifies as a woman, born on their birth certificate as a man, [who] may look like a woman, going into a men’s bathroom?” Todd asked. “Is that fair to them?”
As expected, McCrory didn’t answer that one.
These laws have no purpose except hate. They don’t protect anyone. They have no enforcement language. They are totally useless. It is time for everyone to wake up and see them for what they are.
It is also time for groups like the NBA, NCAA, NFL, and other groups to formally announce they will not hold any event in a state with hate laws. That means the NBA should immediately announce that their all-star game scheduled for Charlotte next year is being pulled out. The NCAA should immediately cancel every venue of their tournament from North Carolina. The NFL should immediately announce that Charlotte will not be considered as a future site for the Super Bowl.
And the list goes on and on. By making it crystal clear now that these groups will not hold events in North Carolina, they will be sending a clear message that they do not like the law. That they find it offensive. They will also be sending a clear message to every other state with such laws or planning on such laws. There are over 100 such laws just waiting to be introduced in states across the country. If they wait, or don’t cancel such events, they are giving approval to such hate laws.
This is what the Republican Party wants America to look like. This is the kind of society that the Republican Party wants for America. They want separation. They want segregation. They want several “classes” of citizens. They want you to hate your neighbor. And of course, they want all of this in the name of “Christianity”!
I am not going to let issues like this die away. I will continue to speak up about these hate laws, about voter suppression laws, and about lead poisoning. I will continue to speak up about them because it is the right thing to do. We cannot allow hate mongers take over our country.
The Republican Party has turned its power over to the crackpots who espouse hate. People like Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, John Kasich, Mike Lee, and a host of others. They have become the antithesis of “American Values” they claim to love so much. They have passed laws that negatively affect gays, the elderly, the young, Blacks, Latinos, Muslims, women and just about every other non-white male Christian group. They need to be stopped. And, they need to be stopped now!
If they are not stopped, who will be next? Will it be Catholics? Will it be Irish? Will it be Poles? Will it be Jews? Will it be atheists? Will it be Lutherans? Someone will be next. Sooner or later, they will get around to you. Because hate is forever busy!
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