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The religious freedom to discriminate against
transgender persons and many others in North Carolina:

Part 8

2016-SEP & OCT:
NCAA pulls championships from
North Carolina. Gubernatorial
race. University petition.

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2016-SEP-12: NCAA announces that it will relocate championships from North Carolina (Cont'd):

Faced with so many pressures from sports and businesses, Governor McCrory issued a statement saying that the NCAA has:

"Failed to show... respect for the states now grappling with questions of transgender rights and privacy concerns. 1

Referring to the federal Department of Education's directive that public schools allow transgender students to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity, Governor Pat McCrory (R) said:

"I strongly encourage all public and private institutions to both respect and allow our nation's judicial system to proceed without economic threats or political retaliation toward the 22 states that are currently challenging [federal] government overreach." 2

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2016-SEP-13: A crack appears in the unified support by state Republicans for HB 2:

State Senator Tamara Barringer (R) voted for the HB 2 bill during March. She represents Cary, NC where four NCAA championship events were originally scheduled. After the NCAA decision to relocate All-Star events out of North Carolina, she said that there have been too many "unintended effects" of the law.

Presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton (D), tweeted:

 "The @NCAA is right to pull tournament games from North Carolina because of the anti-LGBT HB 2 law. Discrimination has no place in America." 2

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2016-OCT-08: Speculation that Governor Pat McCrory (R), in a battle with Roy Cooper (D) may not be reelected because of HB 2:

Daniel Dale, of the Washington DC bureau of the Toronto Star, wrote that HB 2:

"... is straight out of a long-successful Republican electoral playbook: pick a fight about LGBT people, rile up social conservatives, ride the fury turnout to victory. This time, it is not working. The backlash to HB2 has been so fierce that it might cost the governor his job. McCrory is down by an average of four points to Democratic attorney general Roy Cooper, and analysts say HB2 is one of the biggest reasons why.

November 8 could well be the first and last time someone loses a major U.S. election over a matter of transgender rights." 3

Dale quotes Bill Hopseker, 56, who describes himself as an: "average American working person." In a month, he is planning on voting for Donald Trump, the Republican candidate for President. However, he rejects the idea of also voting for Pat McCrory (R) who is running for reelection as governor. Expressing his disgust at HB 2, Bill said:

"Doing something like this really tarnishes a person. ... I wouldn’t vote for anybody that does something like that. The logic, I just can’t figure it out at all. Why you would even care?. Just because they were born that way -- I don’t know. It’s not comprehensible for me. It’s just too stupid."

Diane Poole, who is retired, has a lesbian daughter. She said that HB 2 makes her mad. Referring to the LGBT community, she said:

"It hurts them in ways that are just unnecessary and unjust. We’re beyond that now. As a nation. As a civilized people."

David McLennan, a political science professor at Meredith College, said:

"There are people who may be uncomfortable with LGBTQ rights and even the discussion of LGBTQ rights but see the bill as overreaching." 3

Although widely promoted and described as a "bathroom bill" to protect girls in public washrooms from being attacked by men pretending to be women, HB 2 goes well beyond discriminating against transgender rights.

  • It prevents municipalities from establishing a minimum wage higher than the state level.

  • It limits conditions under which any resident can sue for discrimination.

  • It nullifies all existing municipal anti- discrimination ordinances.

However, much of the media concentrated on reporting the "bathroom" aspects of the bill so that that many people are unaware of its massive overreach in other areas.

Reactions by sports organizations and businesses out of state have had a major impact on the people in the state. Tom Eamon, an East Carolina University professor in political science, said:

“You talk about the Father, Son and Holy Ghost in the Trinity. Well, the fourth in the Trinity among a lot of North Carolinians could be basketball. That’s really a major preoccupation, almost a religion, among lots of North Carolinians. And all those cancellations begin to get people caring about it who had not cared about it one way or another up to that point." 3

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Ron Baity, is the founding pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Winston-Salem and president of Return America, an advocacy group that promotes discrimination against the LGBT community. He is an evangelical Christian who advocates for the return of laws that once criminalized same-gender sexual behavior. 4 These laws were nullified in over a dozen states during 2003 by a ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court in the case "Lawrence v. Texas." He said:

"If this thing goes down, our governor gets voted out, then we’re going to have to bow our heads in shame and say we, not only our state but our nation, has changed drastically in the wrong direction." 4

Baity refers to transgender individuals as suffering from a "mental sickness [that] puts its fist in the face of God. ... There’s a lot more involved than finances. And that is the very well-being of oncoming generations."

Skye Thomson is a 15-year-old transgender boy from Winterville, NC.  He said:

"I, at least in my heart of hearts, like to believe that North Carolina isn’t exactly full of a bunch of bigoted jerks. ... And it looks like it’s not." 3

He said that because of HB 2, many people associate transgender persons with the act of:

"... going into bathrooms and molesting children. Now, everyone’s afraid of trans people because of what the lawmakers are saying. Because [of] fear mongering. And I’m just scared of people. Scared people are angry people, and angry people are scary."

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2016-OCT-10: Colorado Christian University initiates a petition:

Paul J. Eldridge, the Vice President of Development at Colorado Christian University has written a petition and circulated it nationally. It refers to pressure placed on the state by businesses, performance artists, and athletic conferences. It asks for support for North Carolina's House Bill 2. It says in part:

"Fellow Christian,

In March, Governor Pat McCrory -- a conservative man of faith -- signed House Bill 2 into law to protect the citizens of North Carolina by establishing that access to public showers, locker rooms, and school bathrooms be based on biological sex.

Since this common sense law has been implemented, the backlash against North Carolina by Left-wing extremists has been severe, and the liberals are doing everything they can to try to pressure Governor McCrory to reverse this necessary legislation. ..."

Altogether, North Carolina's economy stands to lose millions of dollars -- all because their elected leaders are trying to do right by their constituents and protect their children and grandchildren's personal privacy, safety, hygiene, and innocence. ..." 5

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References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. Emma Margolin, "Will NCAA, ACC Pullout of North Carolina Be Final Straw for HB2 Bathroom Law?" NBC News, 2016-SEP-14, at: http://www.nbcnews.com/
  2. "The Latest: North Carolina Republican Lawmaker Wants Repeal," Yahoo! News, 2016-SEP-13, at: https://www.yahoo.com/
  3. Daniel Dale, "Anti-transgender law backfires on North Carolina Republicans," The Toronto Star, 2016-OCT-08, at: https://www.thestar.com/
  4. "Ron Baity, North Carolina Pastor, Suggests Gays Should Be Prosecuted Like They Were Historically," The Huffington Post, 2012-MAY-07, at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/"
  5. "National Petition in Support of Governor McCrory and the North Carolina Legislature," Colorado Christian University, undated, at: https://secure.giveworks.net/

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Copyright © 2016 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Original posting: 2016-AUG-20
Latest update : 2016-OCT-22
Author: B.A. Robinson

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