Once again, our home state of North Carolina is at the epicenter of the moral revolution in America.
We've gone from March Madness to moral madness as the NCAA and ACC removed all of their sex-segregated championship games because we have sex-segregated bathrooms.
Twenty years ago, if we would've said something like this—heck, 10 years ago—you would've called us crazy; but not in today's America.
It's moral insanity. And it's all based on lies.
Here are the simple truths you need to know about our state and House Bill 2, the law at the center of the controversy:
North Carolina has hosted sports championship games for decades. Our bathrooms and locker rooms have always been sex-segregated, which is consistent with every other state in the history of our country up until recently.
North Carolina has not had one—not one—legal case of discrimination against transgenders using bathroom or locker-room facilities. It's a "problem" that has never existed, and it still doesn't exist to this day.
And in terms of our economy, since our conservative governor took office in 2013, North Carolina has added 276,000 net new private-sector jobs, unemployment has dropped 3.7 percent, our state skyrocketed to the fourth-fastest growing economy in the U.S., we're one of only nine states with a triple-A credit rating, and our tax reforms have resulted in such a dramatic improvement to our business climate that the Tax Foundation raised our ranking from 44th in 2013 to 15th today.
But none of this matters because there are political gains to be made by the radical left. So the Charlotte City Council ignored our economic growth and created a conflict, one that never existed before, in the form of "discrimination" against transgendered people.
The Human Rights Campaign, the "Wizard of Oz" behind the curtain, came alongside our city leaders to craft an ordinance that added "gender identity" and "sexual orientation" to the cities non-discrimination policy.
Before going any further, we need to stop here and consider an important point:
Law is supposed to be based on an objective standard for people's safety, not a subjective standard for people's comfort.
Gender identity (who you go to bed as) and sexual orientation (who you go to bed with) are fluid feelings. In other words, they can change from day to day, based on how a person feels.
So adding these protected "classes" to Charlotte's non-discrimination policy subverts the purpose of the law. It flips it upside-down and makes the law a sword instead of a shield.
And a sword it became as the new city ordinance—the Charlotte bathroom bill—not only removed rights of privacy and protection in our bathrooms, but it also placed a mandate on private businesses to participate in messages and events that were against their consciences.
Print shops, photographers, florists, bakers, pizza shop owners and anyone if asked to service messages and events (not people), regardless of constitutional rights to object, were to be forced to participate.
The General Assembly and our governor recognized these threats to freedom and took immediate action to protect the rights of all citizens in our state with the passage of House Bill 2, or HB2.
It did a couple crucial things:
First, it made the law objective once again for all people's safety. HB2 "objectified" gender. It took away the subjective argument that your gender is based on feelings and made a common-sense objective standard—your birth certificate.
Second, it protected the constitutional rights of all business owners not to be forced to act against their consciences. Family owned, Christian, Muslim, Hindu businesses remained free to object to messages and/or events that were against their conscience.
The key to the second part here is that it's based on a message or event—not on a person. That's important to remember, as the narrative against HB2 is that it's a law against LGBT people. Nothing could be further from the truth.
And here's the best twist of all, one that the mainstream media have not highlighted as of yet. Our governor and the General Assembly have considered repealing HB2 if the Charlotte ordinance was eliminated—yet the liberals on the council refuse to do it.
So who is the one pushing the agenda here? Our state has made huge economic gains and was thriving prior to all this madness. It's still thriving today, despite the hypocrisy of the NCAA and ACC championship game pullout.
As our culture tailspins morally, it's the role of the church to bring clarity to the chaos. And we do it by first bringing truth to light, as we've tried to do above. The darkness of lies can't hold up to the truth of light.
It's time Christians jump in the ring and shine the light of truth in the midst of darkness—our state and our nation desperately need it.
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