Once again, conservatives with a legitimate point to make are being drowned out by Bible thumpers with a religious agenda.
Just like we saw with the Religious Freedom Act, where zealots twisted a common sense, constitutionally sound premise out of all rational proportion, history is repeating itself with this transgender bathroom brouhaha. The rock solid premise that private business owners should be free to refuse work that compromises their own personal belief system was somehow made out to be the worst attack on gay people since the Stonewall Riots.
Total, 100 percent bullcrap.
A black baker should be able to refuse to deliver an order of “N-word” cookies, a Jewish tailor should be able to tell the local KKK membership that he will not be fashioning their pointy, satin hoods, a Muslim actress should be able to refuse to do nude scenes in a film and, yes, a Catholic physician should be able to refuse to perform “abortions of convenience” without the federal government bringing the Justice Department into the mix.
No one with good common sense would disagree with the above, ever. Period.
And with those examples, you could defend the Religious Freedom Act from here to the North Pole with all but the totally brain dead forced to concede their objections. Just call it something else!
(In my best Steve Martin voice) : BUTTTT NOOOOOOOOO…..
Someone had to bring Jesus and the Christian Bible into the discussion. Damn shame. There was no need.
To quote the Good Book, specifically John 11:35: “Jesus wept.”
Fast forward a few months, and now several state governments are rallying to save us all from an imaginary crush of transgender folks defiling our previously sacrosanct public toilets. The controversy has caused quite a stir, which is baffling when you consider that for the last 5,000 years, transgender people have been relieving themselves somewhere. Trust me, it ain’t an issue that can usually be postponed.
Once more (sadly) it seems to be several Southern states taking the lead in proposed legislation forcing transgender people to use the restrooms that would match the gender of their birth. Now, who exactly is going to go looking under dresses and behind zippers to catch the folks who are breaking the law is beyond me. And, of course, if reassignment surgery has taken place, what then?
Yet again, conservatives are “taking it on the chin” (no pun intended) for being closed minded bigots who wish every homosexual, transgender, etc., etc. would drop dead where they stand. Damn shame, because there is a common sense factor we seem to be missing.
Perhaps we can save this “transgender public bathroom” silliness from a similar “death by association” with religious/homophobic agendas by accepting one very hard and fast truth. If the law allows males into public restrooms with young women, there is going to be real trouble, and on a regular basis. And it won’t be genuine transgender males who will be causing the problems, it will be straight, predator males hanging out in the “ladies room” under false pretenses.
I am as straight as Moe Howard’s hair, but if I put on some lipstick and a bra, who can say that I don’t belong in the ladies room, as a pre-op tranny? Or maybe I never intend to have the surgery, I just like to think I am a woman. A dress and a wig and I get to hang out in the pink potty with the better decorations and no urine smell. Or maybe no wig. Hey, if I say I am what I say I am, who are you to challenge it?
Take into consideration the great lengths that peeping toms and other perfectly straight male perverts and predators go to in the quest to “get their jollies.” If you don’t think those sickos are going to use this “transgender” excuse to cause problems for women as they do their business in nature’s most vulnerable moments, then you ain’t real bright.
Let me repeat this as plainly and clearly as I possibly can, so even the dim politicians and dopeheads can understand it (Nathan Deal and Bruce Springsteen, that means you): Straight men do not belong in women’s restrooms, and because there are (sadly) significant numbers of straight male predators that would seek to abuse the loophole, a carte blanche policy allowing humans with Ding-Dongs in women’s restrooms is a very bad idea.
My concerns and objections are not aimed at the truly transgendered, by any means. Hollywood caricatures aside, I have never known a single transgender person who was also a threatening sexual predator. Sadly, this community and many others have seen God knows how many straight males prey on women and girls whenever the slightest opportunity arrived. There is a reason those men are put on the sex offenders list for life when convicted in these types of crimes. Experts know it is a largely incurable condition, driven by one of the strongest biological drives known by human beings.
Common sense and due diligence have kept women relatively well protected in public restrooms up to this point in history, so why create a problem where none really existed? Do not allow political correctness or the fear of being labelled a “bigot” to cloud your better judgment in this matter.
Do not give male predators a free pass “to boldly go where no man has gone before…”