Wow, that's a pretty good suggestion. It is very en vogue for politicians to side with the LGBT community, now specifically targeting transgender rights. It makes them look strong and forward-thinking in the eyes of the public. But what is really at stake here? Basically, you have the feelings of a few pitted against the safety of vulnerable women and children. And the feelings of the 2% are winning out.
Here, in a passionate Facebook post, Franklin Graham explains how North Carolina's new governor has "betrayed" them and says exactly what should happen to him in the event that even one woman or child is molested. He begins, "North Carolinians have been betrayed by Governor Roy Cooper. The people of this state are now going to be exposed to pedophiles and sexually perverted men in women's public restrooms. Shame on him and those who supported this executive order for being so morally bankrupt and blind to the threat this is to young girls, children, and women."
Graham continues, "Join me in praying that the eyes of the governor and other politicians who support this would be opened to the dangers, and that the people throughout the state will let their voices and concern be heard. What the governor has done is wrong, and if one woman or one child is molested because of this executive order, he should be held accountable."
What if that really happened, if politicians were personally held accountable for the risky laws they pass? It might really change the way they govern. The North Carolina Values Coalition did not spare their sentiments when they wrote this scathing response to Cooper's edict:
“Bathroom privacy and safety are sacrificed under Roy Cooper's bathroom plan, which is more akin to Harvey Weinstein's bathroom plan,” an NCVC press release said. “Anyone who has or seeks a government contract with the state or receive government benefits – like churches and religious organizations – will have to adopt internal operating policies that favor and give preference to people who are gay, lesbian or transgender.”
National Center for Transgender Equality Executive Director Nara Keisling, however, is not satisfied, along with other members of the LGBT community, who want total access for transgenders in every bathroom and private facility in the state. “It’s not nearly enough,” said Keisling.
That's what happens: politicians give preference to transgenders at the cost of public safety, and then it just leads to more concessions. Too bad Graham's suggestion for holding politicians accountable for the risks they run isn't reality; it would probably change the public policy greatly. In fact, Graham just shared a traumatic story of what happened to a young girl when a transgender man invited her into the bathroom.
What do you think? Do you think NC's governor has sacrificed his people's safety? And do you think Graham's suggestion for political accountability should win out? Share your thoughts in the comments! Thank you!