Do Transgender Laws Mark the End of the Civil Rights Era?

The Washington Human Rights Commission has given civil rights protection to transgenders.  The law allows full access to whatever public bathroom, shower room, or locker room anyone feels like using that day.

It covers private businesses as well as government facilities like campgrounds and parks.

Transgenders say that they feel were born with the wrong body with the wrong private parts.  They want to do all the things that the opposite sex gets to do–while still in their original bodies, which they believe to be a mistake.

They call it “identifying” with the other gender.

Ironically, they push for these laws because they want to use force on those they “identify” with.

The law was challenged last month in Seattle, when a man entered a busy women’s locker room twice–the second time when young girls were undressing.

The law offers no protection against child molesters, rapists, video pornographers, and voyeurs.  They are also allowed free access to any bathroom, locker room or shower of their choice.

A Different Voice on this Issue –

Our state’s law is very similar to Houston’s Proposition 1, which was soundly defeated in November.

Most of the opposition to Houston Prop 1 (or “HERO”) was based solely on concern for the safety and privacy of girls and women.

The gentleman in the video below, however, added a fascinating new element to Prop 1, and the transgenders’ push to be recognized in civil rights laws.

He is a veterans advocate.  His organization is called “America, By Us and For Us.”

He is concerned about the effect that Houston’s Prop 1 would have on employment opportunities in his community.  He is afraid for its potential effect on small businesses, veterans, and minority workers.

He is afraid that transgender laws would take away religious freedom, and make criminals out of people who want to live by their faith.

He recalls the goals and purpose of the Civil Rights Movement, over half a century ago.

He delivers his talk while sitting by a portrait of Martin Luther King, Jr.  They are both flanked by awards and an American flag.

His point is clear.  If everyone’s rights are protected for everything, then nobody’s rights can really be protected–especially people of faith.

He states firmly, “This is America.  We don’t charge people with a crime because of their faith.”

And he believes that the purpose of the Civil Rights Movement could now be lost.

What was the purpose of the Civil Rights Movement?

Our nation’s founding documents spoke beautifully of equality and freedom.

But because we’re a nation of humans, not angels, we have had some bumps along the way.

Some groups took hard hits along the way.  The Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s asked for clear legal protection for those who had suffered the strongest discrimination, and who had been hurt the most because of things they had no control over.

That was the basis of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

It wasn’t about hurt feelings.  It was about damaged lives.

It recognized the suffering caused by real discrimination.

The Civil Rights Movement grew out of faith and religious freedom –

The Civil Rights Movement grew out of churches and synagogues.  It grew out of faith and religious freedom.

It grew out of the very faith and religious freedom that is now being ridiculed and even criminalized by the transgenders’ demands.

The gentleman in this video mourns the loss of the meaning and seriousness of the Civil Rights Movement.  He apparently never envisioned a day where a man demanding to relieve himself in a women’s bathroom would be put on the same level as what he experienced as a young man.

He never envisioned a day when a man demanding to be naked in a women’s locker room would be given more credibility than the religious convictions that spurred our nation’s founding, as well as the Civil Rights Movement.

He never envisioned a day when his Civil Rights Movement would be used one day to allow a grown man to terrify and torment a little girl in her bathroom, and punish her defenders with the full force of the law.

As a veteran, he never envisioned a day when the freedoms he fought for, and risked his life for, would be tossed aside so cheaply.

This gentleman is the true expert on the meaning of civil rights and human rights.  He just has no power and authority.

The talking heads at the Washington State Human Rights Commission have shown that they are not experts on civil rights and human rights.

But unlike the learned gentleman in the above video–they have all the power and authority.

And they aren’t afraid to use it.  No matter who gets cast aside.  No matter who gets hurt.

And the history of our civil rights gets rewritten.


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