All eyes are on North Carolina. Several weeks before Georgia Governor Nathan Deal vetoed a religious liberty bill in the face of mounting economic threats from corporate empires, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed a bill into law prohibiting transgenders from using bathrooms that contradict their biological sex.
And exactly one month later, the media is still talking about it.
To clue you in on all that’s going on, Charlotte’s city council, which represents the 17th largest city in the United States and the biggest population in the state, joined the ranks with multiple other major metropolitan cities earlier this year when it voted, 7-4, for a widely controversial ordinance to allow people who identify as “transgender” to enter any bathroom of their preferred choice regardless of their anatomy.
Naturally, Charlotte’s decision drew national attention from all sides of the debate. The LGBT community cheered as another tower fell in its pursuit to conquer the country with an “openness” mindset that redefines traditional common-sense thinking. Meanwhile, the conservative wing protested with signs saying, “Don’t do it Charlotte,” and broadcasted their frustration on various media outlets for the world to read.
The discussion goes something like this:
Opinion A: Transgenders should be allowed to choose a bathroom based on their preference, rather than their assigned sex at birth. This gives them the freedom to express themselves, and protects them from any discrimination or hateful bigoted rhetoric and activity that would stop them from that expression.
Opinion B: Transgenders should recognize that they are choosing to dress themselves their own way, and therefore should respect that men should use men’s bathrooms, and women should use women’s bathrooms. A ruling in the contrary would open the door for anyone to use any bathroom at any time with any motive possible, and result in physical violence or sexual aggression, particularly on little girls and women.
The Opinion A audience believes they are right and leaves little to no room for an opposing view without labeling it as bigoted and hateful, and the Opinion B camp is convinced of their own beliefs and isn’t budging, either.
Several weeks following the historic Charlotte vote, North Carolina legislators gathered to write and pass a bill that would overturn the city’s law. McCrory signed it, and that’s where the heat turned up.
Rock star Bruce Springsteen protested by cancelling a fast-approaching show in the state to the dismay of many longtime fans, arguing that the fight to protect transgenders is more important than a rock concert. Shortly thereafter, PayPal, a global corporate powerhouse, cancelled plans to expand into the state, declaring their position loud for all to hear. Meanwhile, North Carolina resident and widely renowned evangelical voice Franklin Graham told his 3.5 million followers on Facebook that PayPal reached the height of hypocrisy in boycotting the state while they openly engage in business with Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Yemen and now Cuba – all of whom have been known to punish, torture or even execute homosexuals. One GOP representative defended the bill by arguing it was based on “common-sense.”
The Bible can help us on this issue, because it specifically teaches that God knew us before were formed (Jeremiah 1:5) and that God Himself created us. He knitted us together in our mothers’ wombs (Psalm 139:3). But Bible knowledge isn’t all that common nowadays.
It’s interesting to note that in Genesis, the Bible literally takes a poetic pause to demonstrate the need for the phrase “male and female.” It’s written like this:
“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27).
It’s as if God knew the culture was headed in this direction, and that He needed to very carefully, specifically, make a defining statement that expressed the differences between genders. There are two genders, according to God, and not multiple genders or a continuum of genders. Amazingly, though, progressives who claim to be Christians reject this take. Some even affirm the LGBT lifestyle stating that, “God doesn’t make mistakes.”
Lady Gaga pushed this belief worldwide in her hit song, “Born this way.” The problem with this statement is that if God doesn’t make mistakes (and He doesn’t), then it wasn’t a mistake that you were born the gender that you were born with and are thereby governed by the complementary sexuality.
The conversation surrounding transgender bathroom choice has become a prominent discussion in the progressive movement and, therefore, the United States, which seems all the more to be carrying the progressive mantle to the nations.
With so many opinions in the pot, there has to be some filter for the decision-making process, and that filter – we should agree — is safety. Safety for all should be our top priority. You can’t make everybody happy, but you can attempt to keep everybody safe. We need look no further than the statistics to make a case for gender-exclusive bathrooms:
The facts show that as many as 1 out of 4 girls will be sexually abused during childhood. Stats also show that only 0.3 percent of Americans identify as transgender, rendering such a controversial ruling almost completely unnecessary. The majority of the population is frightened, and rightly so, that opening bathrooms up in a neutral sense would allow predators to peep, spy on, and possibly expose themselves to members of the opposite sex. It’s simple. If curious boys, and depraved predators will go to great lengths to spy and abuse, why wouldn’t they walk through a literal open door to do so – especially if such an entrance into the bathroom is protected by law?
This opinion has grounding in precedent: Just last year in Toronto, a college’s open-bathroom policy found itself against the wall after college girls were filmed showering by young males. The school quickly responded by changing the policy, providing the girls with female-only restrooms. And this year in Seattle after a new open-bathroom law was passed, a man wearing board shorts and a T-shirt entered a women’s public pool locker room and when told to leave by women and workers responded simply, “the law has changed and I have the right to be here.” And he was not arrested, even after he returned a second time when young girls were in the area.
I’m no statistics professor, but I’d have to assume that while only 0.3 percent of Americans identify as “transgender,” there is a much higher percentage of curious straight males that have enough gaunt to satisfy their curiosity, using the bathroom ordinance as a legal means to do so. Do we really want a law that allows a perverted grown man — on a whim — to use the restroom next to a 5-year-old girl?
The fine-line is getting less and less fine, and people are growing more and more in danger by the minute. While the liberals argue that North Carolina’s ruling fails to protect the transgender community’s ego, the law, in fact, protects girls and women from predation and sexual abuse. Common sense should demonstrate that the latter is more important. Sadly, however, much of mainstream society just isn’t in agreement.