Four Troubling Stories from 2016 – Part I
As we enter 2017, Americans must ask themselves these questions:
a.) Why is corporate America taking the wrong side in the culture war and how corporations can weld enough power to force states into submission in order to further their leftist views.
b.) When the congressional record is clear as to the original intent of a law, how can the Department of Justice and Department of Education completely reinterpret the law and threaten schools with withholding federal funds if they don’t adhere to this new interpretation? Since when was a “sex assigned at birth”?
1.) In March 2016 the North Carolina legislature was called into a special session in order to address a situation created when the city of Charlotte passed an unconstitutional ordinance requiring all businesses within the city and those wanting to do business with the city to allow men who think they are women to use the women bathroom, locker and shower facilities and vice versa. Such action was against state law that says cities and counties cannot exceed the authority given to them under the law.
The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest homosexual lobby group, immediately began organizing their corporate partners and allies to threaten North Carolina with economic ruin because of the legislature’s “discriminatory” law! Some of the better known signers of the letter, which arrived within days on the desk of Governor Pat McCrory, included Levi Straus, Barnes and Noble, Kelloggs, Northrop Grumman, Apple, Twitter, Pfizer, Inc., LinkedIn, Dropbox, Citibank, Reddit, YouTube, Symantec Corp., Choice Hotels, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Google Ventures, Google, Yahoo, Bank of America, Orbitz.com & Cheap Tickets.com, Hilton Worldwide, American Airlines, TD Bank, IBM, PayPal, Starbucks, Pinterest, Microsoft, Marriott International, Yelp, Wells Fargo, Hewlett Packard, eBay, and Facebook.
PayPal dropped plans to put in a global operations center in Charlotte that would have brought in 400 jobs and invested $3.6 million in the area, although New Jersey-based Braeburn Pharmaceuticals decided it will build a $20 million manufacturing and research center in Durham County. The theatrical production company Cirque du Soleil cancelled its three shows and other performers such as Bruce Springsteen and Bryan Adams cancelled their performances.
Mayors such as Jim Kenney of Philadelphia cancelled all state-sponsored travel to North Carolina. The NBA moved its 2017 All-Star Games from the city of Charlotte and the NCAA pulled all league tournaments and championship games out of North Carolina. This, they say, is because they believe in providing a safe and respectful environment at their events! What about the safety and respect for privacy of the women using the bathrooms at their events??
The media has been on a misinformation campaign since the March passage of HB 2. The law ONLY applies to public facilities, not impacting any private company. If private companies want to allow men in their women’s restroom, they are free to do that even under HB 2 — unlike Charlotte’s ordinance which forces businesses to open their bathroom doors.
Governor Pat McCrory barely lost his re-election bid, being defeated after some 94,000 votes were dumped by Durham after state-wide returns showed McCrory winning. These votes were overwhelmingly Democrat. However, the legislature is still safely in Republican hands. Many say McCrory lost because he waffled a little on HB 2, while those strongly supporting it easily won re-election, however the media played a major role by misrepresenting what HB 2 actually does.
Ongoing talks were carried on between Governor McCrory and Charlotte City Council, an agreement was reached where Charlotte would rescind their unconstitutional ordinance and, in turn, the legislature would repeal HB 2. When it came time for a vote, Charlotte would not vote down it’s ordinance; so when a special legislative session was called in December, the legislature did not vote to rescind HB 2.
2.) On Friday, May 13th 2016 the US Department of Justice and US Department of Education sent a joint “Dear Colleague” letter to every school in the nation telling of their “new found truth” in Title IX. These departments were now defining the word ‘sex’ found in Title IX to include students who identify as transgender.
The letter said, in part: “As a condition of receiving Federal funds, a school agrees that it will not exclude, separate, deny benefits to, or otherwise treat differently on the basis of sex any person in its educational programs or activities unless expressly authorized to do so under Title IX or its implementing regulations . . . . The Departments treat a student’s gender identity as the student’s sex for purposes of Title IX and its implementing regulations.”
It further instructs all public schools, “A school’s Title IX obligation to ensure nondiscrimination on the basis of sex requires schools to provide transgender students equal access to educational programs and activities even in circumstances in which other students, parents, or community members raise objections or concerns. As is consistently recognized in civil rights cases, the desire to accommodate others’ discomfort cannot justify a policy that singles out and disadvantages a particular class of students.”
The letter defines transgender as ” those individuals whose gender identity is different from the sex they were assigned at birth. A transgender male is someone who identifies as male but was assigned the sex of female at birth; a transgender female is someone who identifies as female but was assigned the sex of male at birth.”
In addition to the nine-page “Dear Colleague” letter, schools also received a 25 page “Examples of Policies and Emerging Practices for Supporting Transgender Students.”
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states, ” no person … shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
Sex and sex-segregated activities are protected – gender is not. Doesn’t depriving biological females and biological males of their right to use sex-segregated facilities solely in the company of members of their own sex constitute sex discrimination?
It is quite clear that the original meaning of Title IX has NOT changed and the Obama Administration has overstepped its authority in reinterpreting the law. Only Congress can change laws!
Schools should not bow to the pressure to eliminate the line between the sexes. It is not a matter of a sex being “assigned” at birth, as transgender activists and their allies are declaring, Everyone is born with a biological sex; gender is a sociological and psychological concept; not an objective biological one.
According to the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, during the 2013-2014 school year (the most recent figures available), Pennsylvania school districts received an average of 2.60% of their budget from the federal government. However, PA schools, especially in the Philadelphia area, have been quick to embrace this lunacy.
According to the DSM-V, as many as 98 percent of gender confused boys and 88 percent of gender confused girls eventually accept their biological sex after naturally passing through puberty. Unfortunately, as society becomes more accepting of the idea that an individual can decide whether they are male or female, we will see more boys and girls buy into the lie. This poses a great threat to them as children who use puberty blockers to impersonate the opposite sex will require cross-sex hormones in late adolescence. Cross-sex hormones are associated with dangerous health risks including but not limited to high blood pressure, blood clots, stroke and cancer.
In 2017 will adults finally step forward to protect the children of America from those who seek to use them to advance their social agenda?