April 18, 2016
It's amazing with technology like ours that people still refuse to take a few minutes to read for themselves a bill like North Carolina's. With the facts just click away, there's no excuse for the liberal media to continue misrepresenting H.B. 2. Yet that's exactly what they're doing -- almost a month after Governor Pat McCrory (R-N.C.) signed the bill into law. Unfortunately, the truth about the measure -- that it gives businesses the freedom to set their own bathroom policies -- doesn't fit the Left's narrative. So they ignore it.
Just yesterday on NBC's "Meet the Press," Chuck Todd took his interview with McCrory down a familiar path, distorting the most basic aspects of the law. "Does it bother you," Todd said at one point, "that basically North Carolina and Mississippi is the only other state to side with you on this?" For starters, McCrory stopped him, Mississippi passed a religious liberty law -- not a privacy measure. Secondly, he fired back, a lot more states agree with North Carolina than don't. "This is not just a North Carolina debate. This is a national debate that's just come on in literally the last three months... We have 29 states that also don't have this type of mandate on private business, including the state of New York [one of its most vocal opponents]."
Still, Todd argued, what the legislature did in overturning Charlotte's ordinance was an overreach. If anyone is overreaching, McCrory pointed out, it's the people who think the government should force companies to adopt their confused ideas of gender and sexuality. CEOs are free to do that on their own -- but, the governor said firmly, "It's not government's business to tell the private sector what their bathroom, locker room, or shower practices should be. Not only the private business, but also the YMCA and other nonprofit organizations... I don't think the government ought to be the H.R. director for every business, whether it be in Charlotte or whether it be in Greensboro or whether it be in Boone, North Carolina."
As the mayor of Charlotte for 14 years, McCrory knows where voters side on this issue -- and it isn't with cultural bullies. In a strong rebuttal to the Washington Post, the governor explained that the same activists beating up North Carolina in the press are conveniently ignoring their own hypocrisy. "[T]he Human Rights Campaign has led a coordinated assault and smear campaign. This national special-interest group, which is funded by anonymous donors, is attempting to bully companies, entertainers, and anyone else who disagrees with its agenda. Our state is unfairly being used as its political pawn. However, the HRC remains silent while the same individuals and organizations sell their products, make their products or take entertainment dollars from countries like China, Cuba, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore -- countries with deplorable human rights records, especially toward the gay and lesbian community."
On Sunday, I took my own turn trying to set the record straight on laws like Mississippi's. There, Governor Phil Byrant (R) and state leaders agreed that the government shouldn't be in the business of punishing people who disagree with same-sex marriage -- whether they're a public official, entrepreneur, minister, or wedding vendor. In a sit-down with "Matter of Fact's" Fernando Espuelas (video below) I tried explaining whose civil rights were being violated in cases like Aaron and Melissa Klein's. "Having business is a commercial activity that does not exclude groups," Fernando argued. But then what you're doing, I explained, is limiting religious freedom at the door of the marketplace. If you listen closely to his answer, you'll see where the Left is going next with this agenda -- which is to threaten the business licenses of anyone who doesn't subscribe to same-sex marriage.
That's the problem with people like Governor John Kasich (R-Ohio), who keep telling Americans to "get over it" "chill out," and "move on." The Left doesn't plan on "getting over it" until every person is forced to celebrate this perversion. So in reality, what Kasich is advocating is for Christians to move on. That's difficult to do when the government is taking away your home or life's savings.
Fortunately for Americans, other leaders do understand what's at stake in this debate is nothing less than our freedom. Take a minute and thank one of them, Governor Pat McCrory, for continuing to defend the First Amendment rights of North Carolina -- and being a shining example to other states in the process. Tweet your thanks by clicking here or share on Facebook by clicking here. Also, if you're part of a Culture Impact Team in the hundreds of churches FRC has in North Carolina that helped get H.B. 2 passed, circulate this to your members and encourage them to show their appreciation too!
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.