Wednesday, April 6, 2016

HB2 & Discrimination Against Women and Children

It is truly embarrassing and sad that we have this conversation, but here goes. In February of this year, the city of Charlotte, NC, in departure from and defiance against NC state law, passed an amendment to an ordinance which added “gender expression” and “gender identity” to the list of those “protected” against discrimination with regards to access to, among other things, public restrooms, changing rooms, showers, etc. In other words, in the worst case scenario, if a man expressed his gender as a woman, he could not be discriminated against access into women’s showers on public property. Recognizing the obvious flaws and obvious unpopularity of this amendment among the citizens of the state of North Carolina, in response the State Legislature passed House Bill 2 (HB2) on a bipartisan basis 82 to 26 in the House and 32 to 0 in the Senate. And, the Governor, Pat McCrory, signed HB2 into law. Among other things, HB2 is an act to reinforce the existing provision for single-sex multiple occupancy bathroom and changing facilities in schools and public agencies and to create statewide consistency in regulation of public accommodations by restricting protected classes to those enumerated under existing NC state law. HB2 thereby nullified the unpopular Charlotte ordinance amendment. And, the vast majority of constituents of North Carolina support HB2. In other words, after passage of HB2, the law in North Carolina is reinforced to what it has been all along prior to Charlotte's February departure (a.k.a. the status quo). And, of course, this did not sit well with the national pro-LGBT groups and their agenda.

As a result of the passing of this status quo bill (HB2), the left has begun a nation-wide campaign to deny the will of the people of North Carolina by smearing the reputations of our state and our people (a.k.a. hateful action). In a concerted effort, several other states have imposed intolerant bans of unessential travel to NC (those states include Connecticut, Minnesota, New York, Vermont, Washington, the District of Columbia, as well as the cities of Boston, Chicago, New York City, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, and West Palm Beach). In addition, the normal cadre of left-leaning newspapers and media types have expressed similar outrage for these NC “atrocities”. Last, but not least, the Attorney General of NC, Roy Cooper, pledged to not defend HB2 in court, in defiance against his own elected office and job description. In other words, the intolerance of boycotts and hateful smearing against well-meaning citizens continues at rapid pace all behind the veneer of tolerant love. But, weren’t we preached at just months ago that boycotting gay weddings was an act of hatred and intolerance? Isn't boycotting NC discrimination against NC? Can you really solve "discrimination" with discrimination? By the way, there is no such boycott on travel to Cuba, a country where just about every civil liberty is denied its citizens. In other words, to liberals, Cuba = good and NC = bad. Are you following?

To all of this madness, well-meaning citizens (and especially Christians) should ask a series of easy questions even if the answers are obvious to practically everyone. For example, where is the unequal protection in violation to the Constitution? Prior to the passing of the Charlotte ordinance amendment in February, practically nobody was crying foul or inequality. If returning to status quo is hateful bigotry warranting a national smear campaign, why was there no campaign prior to February? Since HB2 pretty much takes us back a couple months in time to the way it is in most States in America, why is it foul here and now? Under legal precedent, unequal protection in this case would be in the form of denying access to any bathroom – but that is not the case. In North Carolina “transgenders” have always had unregulated access to bathrooms. There are no police standing outside of bathrooms checking birth certificates. So if they had access to a bathroom before, and this apparently worked without legal interference, where is anyone discriminating against anyone now? Or is there a more sinister agenda afoot? Yes, this is about a leftist agenda, not civil rights.

To prove that last assertion, the most important questions is: Whatever happened to the long-standing notion of “Women and children first”? After all, shouldn’t the rights of the most vulnerable among us be protected first and foremost? As a father of two daughters, I am absolutely repulsed and genuinely outraged by what is being suggested by the left today. First of all, if discrimination is evil, then don’t discriminate against the will of the people by boycotting their state. Secondly, it is gross negligence to force policies that elevate the emotional comfort of a relative few over the physical safety of a large group of vulnerable people (women and children). If we have to choose between a contrived discrimination over a few gender-confused people and real discrimination that increases physical danger towards women and children, we should always lean towards the protection of women and children first. The flimsy framework of “rights” that the left upholds in this example are not worthy to endanger not even one child. This should be common sense to all. But, for a culture Hell-bent on glorifying gender confusion, sadly common sense must be the first thing sacrificed. In light of everything that we hold dear, are you going to jump on the bandwagon of this madness?

Here is another question: Where is Roy Cooper’s resignation? I thought that what was upheld from the Kim Davis incident in Kentucky was that if you are not willing to do your job under law, you should resign and/or be jailed. Roy Cooper has pledged to not do the job that he was elected by the people to do, exactly like Kim Davis did. And, those who called for her resignation are now silent – I don’t wonder why. Hey, to those Christians (and non-Christians) who supported the jailing of Kim Davis, a Christian, where are your voices now? Or, maybe you see now what the rest of us saw then. But, integrity demands consistency of thought and action. And, HB2 is the law of the land in NC. Christian re-read Proverbs 20:23.

Well, sadly Kim Davis was jailed indefinitely until she was arbitrarily released. And, don’t hold your breath for the same fate to await Roy Cooper, who "coincidentally" is running for Governor this Fall. After all, the harshest measures of punishment seem to only be reserved for Christians or those on the “right” side of the spectrum, not those on the left. Alas, this is more evidence that the rule of law is dead and the weights of blind justice are askew. We now live under the rule of the emotionally charged mob. Sadly, they wrongly came after Christians first, and we did not adequately stand up to properly defend. Now they are coming after the decent protections of vulnerable women and children. Is this what we are devolving into? Is this what you support?

Christian, regardless of where you stood regarding Kim Davis, you should be praying about HB2 towards your alignment with God. You should be praying that God’s will be done, and the will of the people stands under the rule of law. And, if scripture should be our guide, remember that in Deuteronomy 22:5, God shared His opinion that, “A woman shall not wear a man's garment, nor shall a man put on a woman's cloak, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord your God.” God does not approve of gender confusion or pandering to it. You would not treat an alcoholic by supplying them alcohol at will. God has this opinion regarding genders because He invented the concept based upon what He declared in Genesis 1:27 regarding how he creates each and every person, "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female he created them." Further, Psalm 82:3 implores us to “Give justice to the weak.” Also, in Matthew 25:40, Jesus reminds us, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” And, in Luke 17:2, Jesus warned us, “It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were cast into the sea than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin.” It is pretty clear where God stands on this issue.

In conclusion, the notion of “women and children first” comes from the mind of Christ (God). Before you support a notion that would endanger one child, think twice and exercise that mind of Christ, not the will of your faulty flesh which is supposed to be dead (Galatians 2:20). What if just one little girl gets hurt by what you support today? If so, how will God judge your position?

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