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End the Bathroom Controversy

Thursday, 14 April 2016 11:40 AM Current | Bio | Archive

It’s amazing that with so many problems, from terrorist threats to astronomical college tuition, the dominant national debate recently has centered on which bathrooms adults can legally use.

And given the Supreme Court’s current make-up, which side ends up in the outhouse remains to be seen.

More than 30 states have passed so-called religious freedom measures, ranging from people using the bathroom corresponding to their biological gender, to allowing private business owners to refuse service on the basis of religious belief or moral conviction.

And they have come with a price. Big business, professional sports teams, Hollywood, rock stars, and even other state governments have criticized them as discriminatory, with some pulling their business ventures from those states, and others threatening to do the same.

A small but vocal minority refuses to see that the law is rooted in common sense and safety, not bigotry. Instead of amicable dialogue, many extremists are employing hateful rhetoric in the hopes of igniting a flashpoint.

Those tactics serve only to widen the gulf between those who have already shown themselves to be tolerant, from support for gay marriage to an ever-evolving “live and let live” philosophy.

But enough is enough.

Critics say that the bathroom law discriminates against transgender people, as well as anyone who “identifies” with their opposite biological sex.

Does the law discriminate? Of course! And it should, in just the same way that we “discriminate” (simply meaning “to choose”) everyday: what clothes we wear, toothbrush we buy, where we work, what car we drive, and what kind of latte we order. And yes, we discriminate about which bathrooms we allow each gender to use.

This law is, above all, about safety, especially for women. What parents in their right minds, Republican and Democrat, gay or straight, would feel comfortable sending their young daughter into the ladies’ bathroom where a man, who on “feelings” alone, might be using the same facility? Will a father have to enter the women’s bathroom to keep a watchful eye on possible voyeurs, pedophiles, and other predators?

And what about men in women’s locker rooms? Since we can’t prove anyone’s feelings of “identity,” it would create an environment of fear and anxiety in a place that should be private and secure.

And how could such a regulation possibly work in the military? Or the workplace? How can a woman who feels threatened by that creepy guy habitually inside the women’s bathroom file a sexual-harassment lawsuit? Guess what? She can’t.

But since extremists always push it beyond common sense (and common decency), watch for them to do an end-run by lobbying for a third bathroom in public and private facilities — at taxpayer expense! Crazy? Of course, but since the entitlement mentality sweeping America is in full swing, it will happen.

Is this debate for real?

Is this why Bruce Springsteen won’t perform in North Carolina? Why PayPal won’t locate there? Why some think the NBA should never hold an all-star game in the Tar Heel state? It’s too bad these people can’t discriminate between ignorance and common sense.

If those entities want to boycott North Carolina, so be it. That’s their right. But a greater backlash will occur when people see their hypocrisy.

Is PayPal also going to “boycott” millions from North Carolinian consumers? Will the NFL refuse to play its Super Bowl there — the same “morally-conscious” league that doles out stiffer penalties for steroids than horrendous domestic assaults?

And Springsteen, liberal man-of-the-people who derides the “disparity of wealth,” conveniently doesn’t mention his use of a New Jersey tax loophole that allows his 200 acres to be labeled “farmland.” What about the millions in property taxes he avoids that could help fund all those welfare programs? Perhaps Bruce should be boycotting his home state instead.

No one is saying you can’t be transgender. All the North Carolina law says is that you must use the bathroom of your gender at birth. That’s it. No bigotry. No hatred. Just good old-fashioned common sense.

Chris Freind is an independent columnist, television commentator, and investigative reporter who operates his own news bureau, Freindly Fire Zone Media. Read more reports from Chris Freind — Click Here Now.

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