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Transgender Rights Are Not Up For Public Debate

Category: Gay Rights
Posted: 02/23/17 15:54, Edited: 02/23/17 17:01

by Dave Mindeman

This idea of local control in regards to the transgender issue is not sound policy in any way, shape or form. It is laughable.

When Trump or any GOPer says that the issue of transgender bathrooms, or any other issue involving transgenders, is up to the local jurisdiction, what they are really saying is that transgender discrimination is entirely determined by the number of biased individuals in any given place. And can be changed from one place to another.

What if black civil rights (voting rights) had remained "locally controlled"? What we had was states or Congressional districts denying the rights of black citizens because they had the majority of white people wanting it that way. It sounds incredulous when you think about it, but that is what we had.

And we are going that same route with transgender ideas. A person may face completely different rules when moving from one place to another. The fact that this could happen should be, by definition, a civil rights violation.

I do not understand why this is not obvious. We talk of local control in education, but when it is local property taxes that pay for that education, the argument has more validity. But the simple idea of going to the bathroom for any individual person should not, and cannot, be up for public debate.

Reversing the Obama guidelines is a targeted act. It is meant to hurt an individual group of Americans. It is pursuing a policy that violates basic human decency and privacy.

If that is where we are headed in our future, then we have gone down the wrong road altogether.
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Target Vs The American Family Association

Category: Gay Rights
Posted: 04/26/16 00:52

by Dave Mindeman

The American Family Association is at war with Target Corp. Claiming half a million people pledging to boycott Target stores, they say that the Target company has anti-family values in their bathroom policy:

Target has crossed the line by intentionally exposing women and girls to voyeurs and sexual predators with their restroom and dressing room policy.

And what exactly is this ghastly policy?

Target decided "to allow transgender employees and customers to use restrooms that correspond with their gender identity."

Horrors!

Now Target could have just said nothing - after all it is unlikely that how bathrooms are being used in their stores will actually change. But, in the light of more and more state laws making arguments that use of bathrooms, for some reason, needs to be regulated, Target decided that a uniform statement is necessary.

Because they defined it, the American Family Association decided that this was unacceptable and grounds for a membership boycott.

Is that really something to cause a boycott?

The American Family Association is a social issue throwback organization. Organized in 1977 in Mississippi of all places, this group takes us back to the 1980's.

They sell homeschool products like this....

Evolution of Darwin Series 3 DVD Set

This DVD boxed set features three of today's most popular creationist scientists and speakers. Each presents important, little-known information about Charles Darwin and his ideas that, in many ways, changed the world. This unique and well-illustrated series will equip every student, parent, and pastor who desires to be more effective in evangelizing and training the next generation!

A bargain at $20.99

or....

Dragons or Dinosaurs DVD

For centuries, dinosaurs have been used to discredit the Bible but Dragons or Dinosaurs? will present new, clear, and stunning visual evidence that uses them to actually verify the Bible''s history.

Another bargain at $19.95

And they also sell coffee....

American Family Coffee...in Freedom, Blessing, or Courage flavors.
Just $10.95 a pouch.

Maybe they want their followers to just not shop the "competition".

I wouldn't sweat it Target - these characters all shop at WalMart anyway.
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Houston Tramples Individual Rights Over Bathrooms

Category: Gay Rights
Posted: 11/04/15 02:04, Edited: 11/04/15 02:11

by Dave Mindeman

One of the more disappointing election night results for Nov 3rd was the defeat and recall of a city ordinance which protected gay and transgender rights in housing, employment, city contracting and business services. This type of legislation has passed in other cities without a huge amount of controversy, but in Houston it received stiff opposition.

And the winning slogan that defeated this ordinance is a little unusual....
No Men in Women's Bathrooms.

Opponents of the measure said that this ordinance would "allow men claiming to be women to enter women's bathrooms and inflict harm."

Wow. Just wow.

I am not sure if I am missing something regarding public bathrooms but there doesn't seem to be any "secret key" that is gender exclusive. I remember being in a hurry in an airport and running into a bathroom without paying attention and when I didn't see any urinals, I knew I was in the wrong place. Fortunately, no one was in the bathroom at the time and my quick exit was not noticed. I also remember going into a gas station to use a bathroom and found the men's room locked. The clerk at the counter noticed my attempt at entry and pointed out..."the ladies room is open...go ahead." So I did. I never considered the idea that I could be in violation of some city ordinance.

I guess my point is that if men enter a woman's bathroom what is stopping them exactly? And if they intend to "inflict harm" is their a higher level of "harm" if it happens in the wrong gender bathroom?

The Lt. Governor of Texas was jubilant at the victory....

"It was about protecting our grandmoms, and our mothers and our wives and our sisters and our daughters and our granddaughters," Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a Republican, told cheering opponents who gathered at an election night party at a Houston hotel. "I'm glad Houston led tonight to end this constant political-correctness attack on what we know in our heart and our gut as Americans is not right."

So this was a "protecting our women" crusade I guess.

I'm not sure where the idea of protecting employment rights and housing rights got lost in this particular election. Obviously the fear mongering tactic worked and kept the "sanctity of the women's bathroom" safe for the womenfolk. But the idea that simple rights of protection in such basic areas of life can be upended by a bathroom campaign gives us some idea how little those rights mean in Texas - at least how little they mean for "certain people".

All I can say is that it is disappointing to see the great progress that has been made over the last few years, stymied by such foolishness.

If you really want to do something for women's bathrooms that is really productive....make them bigger with more stalls.
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