As I See It

It Has Got To Stop

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Written by Richard Hack

The hatred spewing forth from the mouth of North Carolina’s government in charge is now a familiar story to the LGBT community, few of whom could have missed the groundbreaking law passed last week in the Tar Heel State. That’s the one that outlaws any attempts by any of the state’s cities to pass antidiscrimination acts. It is disgusting on so many levels that it is hard to even know how to attack a horror with so many weak spots.

First and foremost, however, is the obvious disconnect between the Republican party who owns the North Carolina House and Senate majorities, the idiot governor who presumes to speak for the people, and the Republican party in this country from which they take their cue.  So broad is the language of the recently passed bill that it not only impacts the freedoms of lesbian, gay and transgender community that they were clearly aiming to destroy, but in its wide net, it captures renewed legal discrimination against Blacks, Latinos, all religious groups (including the Christians), every woman in the state as well as the disabled.

“Oh my,” has come the accented response from the affronted North Carolina Republic party as they were left alone to battle back from the worldwide outcry. Make no mistake. The world is watching you North Carolina, just as it watches the rest of the United States for leadership, guidance and understanding. You have shown zero of the latter.

In its place, you have scored high on the scale of misogyny, racism, homophobia and transphobia, stuck in an ugly moment in time in which your own party’s youth, the Republican Millennials, want no part. Over 60 percent of them don’t even recognize LGBT issues as a problem, since they see nothing wrong with being completely sexually fluid, placing them in a pond far larger than something that is labeled: “LGBT, swim with caution.”

Governor Pat McCrory, who has apparently feasted on so many pork bellies that his brain function can’t process reality, has labeled the reaction to his late-night legislative end run “political theater” which was created by left-wing activists to cause him personal embarrassment in a “calculated smear campaign.”

More than just refusing to backtrack on his legislative smudge on history, he brags about it, refusing to back down and instead calling for those with “sane and sincere minds” to bring back the “norms and etiquette” of the Old South. Presumably that includes tar and feathering on the Capitol Green.

A coalition of LGBT and civil rights groups have already filed suit against the governor and the state, arguing that the new law violated constitutionally protected due process as well as equal protection under the law. The civil suit was filed on behave of one lesbian and two transgenders, all three of whom are students at public universities and directly affected by the ramifications of the public restroom portion of the new law.

In 2016, the vast majority of conservatives across the globe are rushing to embrace the LGBT community as part of their core belief in individualism. One after one, the old guard is falling to the realization that they cannot exist in a bubble that isolates entire sectors of the human population. This genie is out of the bottle and it’s not going to go back in.

The new law in North Carolina is not only lodged on the wrong side of history as a glaring example of bigotry and hate, it is even on the wrong side of new generation of Republican voters who want no part of this outdated and morally corrupt identity.

David Cameron, the leader of the conservative party in England, and the country’s current prime minister, said during the fight for the legalization of gay marriage in 2013: “I don’t support gay marriage in spite of being a conservative. I support gay marriage because I am a conservative.”

Republicans take notice.

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