It would be laughable, a skit on “Saturday Night Live” if it weren’t so insane; this HB2 — like so many other ALEC-inspired legislations — seeks to develop an answer for a nonexistent question, and while it’s at it, risks the North Carolina economy, all for nothing that is real or a problem.
Like so many other regressive social engineering laws, this one is built on a complete fabrication, a lie. I teach 10th-12th-grade religious education, and we had a student present the transgendered bathroom access as a concern. And rather than just spout some false meme from the Internet, we researched the issue throughly.
I called the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office and spoke with an assistant attorney general. I asked her what were the crime statistics on assaults by: 1. Men dressing as women, passing as transgendered, in order to assault someone in a public bathroom and 2. by transgendered people entering restrooms and assaulting people.
She stated that she had never heard of a real event of either scenario, that the state didn’t have any data on these types of assaults. She did, however, have hate-crime data on transexual folks being assaulted when using restrooms of their birth sex and assaults in bars and other public places in general. In my own research, I was unable to find any creditable reports of assaults by transgendered folks in bathrooms.
I was, however, able to find reports of Speakers of the House, clergy, “Christian” camp counselors, priests and Penn State coaches assaulting children in bathrooms and beyond. How about passing and enforcing a law against them before we try to impose bigoted laws on others.
People accept Internet postings as fact without ever researching and debunking. This law is blatantly based on a lie, a false Internet meme and should be repealed immediately. Let’s not make North Carolina another Mississippi or a theocracy, or impose this kind of Sharia law on our people.
— Michael E. Beech