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

Part 9

2016-OCT:
University petition in favor of HB 2,
the Public
Facilities Privacy and
Security Act
. Opposition by others.

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2016-OCT-10: Colorado Christian University initiates a petition (Continued):

Webmaster's comment: [bias alert]

  • The author of the petition repeatedly blames the backlash against HB 2 on "LGBT extremists" and "left wing extremists." However:
  • There appears to be strong opposition to HB 2 by a large percentage of the population in that state -- far more than would be generated only by such "extremists." During 2016-APR, Public Policy Polling posted a report on their web site titled: "HB 2 Deeply Unpopular in North Carolina; Voters Think It's Hurting State." Their poll showed that there is:

    "... minimal support from voters in the state for HB 2 ... voters think its passage has hurt the state in several ways. ... just 32% of voters in the state think HB2 is actually helping North Carolina, compared to 53% who think it's hurting the state." 1

  • Governor Pat McCrory (R) is seeking re-election in November and is currently trailing Roy Cooper (D) in the four most recent polls.

  • Some media web sites have recently defined North Carolina as either a blue (liberal) or purple (mixed liberal/conservative) state.

It appears that public opposition to HB 2 is far more broadly based than would be indicated if, as the Colorado Christian University states, only "extremists" in NC are fighting it.

  • Before HB 2 was passed, transgender persons used their own judgment to decide which washrooms to use. For example, consider a MTF transgender individual -- a person who was identified as male at birth, registred as male on their birth certificate, and who now identifies as female:
  • If she presented herself as female in attire, appearance, and mannerisms, she would probably would have chosen to use a woman's washroom. If she enters a male washroom, as HB 2 now forces her to do, her presence would probably generate a disturbance.

  • If she dressed in male clothing, and appeared male with male mannerisms, she would probably choose to use a men's washroom, and thereby not cause a disturbance.

IMHO, public tranquility and safety would best be served by allowing her to choose freely which washroom to use.

  • The petition deals solely with one aspect of the law: the section that deals with washrooms. As indicated elsewhere on this web site, the bill has a much wider negative impact on human rights in the state.

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2016-OCT: Political impact of the HB 2 law:

There is heavy opposition to HB 2 in the state. The reaction may impact national and state elections on election day on NOV-08.

  • Raleigh Raw, a restaurant in downtown Raleigh, NC, has posted a sign on the front door opposing House Bill 2. Employee Emily Cristaldi said:

    "I think that's hopefully motivating people to get out and vote, especially like younger people like my generation."

  • Rep. Chris Sgro (D) heads up Equality North Carolina, a LGBT-positive group. He said:

    "The climate is so sour towards Republicans in North Carolina because of this egregious law. It's having a deep affect on the presidential election here in North Carolina. All North Carolinians care about the financial impact that HB 2 has negatively had on our state. That's why this is so prominent in this election."

  • Public Policy Polling reported on SEP-29 that, in a two-way race, Hillary Clinton (D) was leading Donald Trump (R) by 49 to 45%. 2

  • SurveyUSA reported on OCT-19 that Roy Cooper (D) was leading Pat McCrory (R) in the governor election by 2 percentage points. 3 PublicPolicyPolling estimated 5 points on SEP-29. 2

  • Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham, spoke from the lawn of the state capitol, suggesting to voters that they cast their ballots for candidates that support biblical principles. To Graham and most other evangelical Christians, this means candidates who favor discrimination against lesbians, gays, transgender persons and transsexuals.

  • CNN reported that a recent poll found that 60% of adults in the state felt that HB 2 had damaged the state's reputation. A Public Policy Polling (PPP) report found that only 36% of voter support HG 2 while 45% are opposed. Back in April, Public Policy Polling commented that:

    "54% think it's had a negative impact on North Carolina's economy, to only 11% who think it's having a positive impact. On that front even GOP voters, by a 17 point margin, grant that it's having a more negative than positive effect on the state economically. 53% of  voters think HB2 has had a negative effect on North Carolina's national reputation, to only 22% who claim they think it's had an overall positive impact on the state's image. Because of these things, just 32% of voters in the state think HB2 is actually helping North Carolina, compared to 53% who think it's hurting the state. Independent voters, by a 53/30 spread, side with Democrats in thinking that HB2 is doing a lot more damage to the state than good. ... The anger over HB2 isn't doing Republicans in the legislature any favors either. Only 30% of voters in the state have a favorable opinion of them to 52% who see them negatively. That -22 net favorability rating is 8 points worse than the -14 spread legislative Democrats hold at 32/46. Democrats have a 45/42 advantage on the generic legislative ballot, including 40/34 with independents." 4

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Even five months after HB 2 was signed into law, it is still being referred to as a "bathroom" bill. This is in spite of its clauses that restrict washroom access directly applying only to the approximately 0.6% of the state population who are transgender. Meanwhile, many people in the state has lost benefits due to the vetoing of minimum wage city ordinances in the state. The Atlantic magazine commented that Part II of the state law also removes protections from the entire LGBT community. says:

"... that no city or county can require its contractors not to discriminate against employees or customers based on sexual orientation. Part III invalidates all present city and county ordinances protecting LGBT people from discrimination in private employment and public accommodations. It provides that only the state legislature can enact such a law from now on. ... Part II says that no city or county can require its contractors not to discriminate against employees or customers based on sexual orientation. Part III invalidates all present city and county ordinances protecting LGBT people from discrimination in private employment and public accommodations. It provides that only the state legislature can enact such a law from now on." 5

Davil Love, wriging for the Atlanta Black Star, said:

"... while the legislation has been known as an anti-LGBT law, it also eviscerated local ordinances, making it illegal for localities to expand the protections of state laws governing minimum wage standards, job discrimination and public accommodations, as the Charlotte Observer noted.

So while North Carolina had positioned itself as more cosmopolitan, progressive and tolerant than its neighbor bordering to its South — South Carolina, which had been embroiled in a Confederate flag debate of late — the state has paid a price with HB2. ..."

"Over 200 companies and organizations have expressed their opposition to HB2, and they are taking their business out of the Tar Heel state.  For example, PayPal canceled its planned $3.5 million complex, Deutsche Bank placed a corporate expansion on hold, and the NBA will take its All-Star Game elsewhere.  The purpose of this and other boycotts, Facing South noted, is 'to raise the economic and political costs of doing business as usual, to the point that decision-makers — whether lawmakers or corporate CEOs — are forced to change course'." 6

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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. "HB 2 Deeply Unpopular in North Carolina; Voters Think It's Hurting State," Public Policy Polling, 2016-APR-25, at: http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/
  2. "North Carolina," Public Policy Polling, 2016-SEP-29, at: http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/
  3. "Polls," Real Clear Politics, 2016-OCT-19, at: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/
  4. "HB 2 Deeply Unpopular in North Carolina; Voters Think It's Hurting State," Public Policy Polling, 2016-APR-25, at: http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/
  5. Barrett Epps, "North Carolina's Bathroom Bill Is a Constitutional Monstrosity," 2016-MAY-10, at: http://www.theatlantic.com/
  6. Dave Love, "Corporations Boycotted North Carolina over the Bathroom Bill, When Will They Stand Against Racial Injustice?," Atlanta Black Star, 2016-SEP-23, at: http://atlantablackstar.com/

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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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