Tranny tyranny. Strike that. "LGBT" tyranny. Lesbian, gay, bisexual tyranny. That, generally speaking, is what's on display in Houston right now. But trust me: Unlike Vegas, what happens in Houston will, most definitely, not stay in Houston—not if Democrats continue to have their way.
Houstonians elected themselves, as mayor, an extremist lesbian Democrat (but I repeat myself). She quickly, and quite naturally, took to doing what extremist lesbian Democrats do. Annise Parker is her name, and spreading political Ebola is her game. That and trampling the U.S. Constitution. As you've likely heard, Parker's office has illegally subpoenaed the sermons and privileged communications of a number of Christian pastors who vocally opposed the city's ironically branded "Equal Rights Ordinance" (aka, the Houston Bathroom Bill).
More on that later. First, let's scoot north-leftward for context.
Washington state, dateline 2012: Colleen is just like the girl next door. Well, sort of. Colleen has a penis. So, I guess, unless the girl next door has a penis, Colleen really isn't much like her at all.
But that's beside the point. In Washington you must, under penalty of law, pretend—along with Colleen and Democrats—that, in the face of both reality and sanity, Colleen really is like the girl next door. This includes letting Colleen, who is actually a 47-year-old dude named Clay Scott Francis, lay naked and "sprawled out in a sauna exposing himself" to girls as young as 6 years old. This really happened in the ladies locker room at Evergreen State College.
It's only fair, you see, because, as Clay, er, "Colleen," complained—and as police agreed—this sick man was "discriminated against" when he was asked to leave on behalf of a terrorized 17-year-old girl. "This is not 1959 Alabama," cried Francis. "We don't call police for drinking from the wrong water fountain."
Get that, my African-American friends? According to this beneficiary of "white privilege," a man who, incidentally, identifies as a "transgender lesbian" (meaning he's sexually attracted to females), to be told that you cannot sprawl naked and intentionally expose your manly bits to 6-year-old girls is no different from being relegated to a "colored only" water fountain.
Mayor Annise Parker and the larger Democratic Party agree. Ian Tuttle reports for National Review:
"Earlier this year Parker, a Democrat, spearheaded the passage of an 'Equal Rights Ordinance' (ERO) that added 'sexual orientation' and 'gender identity' to the city's non-discrimination provision, which includes, among other things, 'public accommodations'—for example, restrooms. Citizens, among them church leaders, balked. They launched a referendum petition that, with the requisite 17,269 signatures, would require the city council to repeal the ERO, or to put the measure up for a vote. They obtained 55,000 signatures.
"The city secretary, who has sole responsibility for certifying such petitions, signed off.
"Enter Houston city attorney David Feldman, who, with no legal authority, disqualified 38,000 signatures. Names that were printed, rather than written in cursive, were discarded; names that were written in cursive were considered illegible—just enough names to get the petition below the 17,000-signature requirement, at which point the city council and Mayor Parker rejected it. And several citizens sued.
"But the city's shenanigans had only just begun. Unsatisfied with violating the rights of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, the City of Houston has subpoenaed privileged communications of five pastors (none of them party to the lawsuit) who helped to organize the petition drive. Among other information, the city is requesting communications between the pastors and their attorneys pertaining to the ERO lawsuit, communications between the pastors and their congregants, and even the pastors' sermons. ..."
This, of course, is typical Democrat corruption, as well as a gross violation of the First Amendment's free exercise clause—one of the worst we've seen to date. It is, unequivocally, "LGBT" tyranny.
And it's rooted in madness.
Through the secular-"progressive" looking-glass, the term "sexual orientation" has, in a few short years, evolved to accommodate an ever-expanding fruit basket of carnal appetites. First it was "LGB"—liberal shorthand for "lesbian, gay and bisexual." Then was added a "T" for "transgender." That's gender identity disorder—cross-dressing. You know, perverts like Clay Francis. (Today it's "LGBTOMGBBQ" or some such.)
Anyway, because it's now illegal to "discriminate based on the basis of gender identity" in Houston, and since it's the only "tolerant" thing to do, men who sign up for the ever-persecuted "LGBT" class have secured the hard-fought "civil right" to fully expose themselves to, and otherwise ogle, your daughters in the ladies' room.
Yay "gay rights"!
But slow down there, Dad. According to the law, if you have a problem with Mr. Francis baring all to your baby girl, then you're the problem. You're a "transphobe" ("homophobia's" evil twin sister, er, brother ... whatever). Deck this sicko for terrifying your first-grader and you're off to jail while "Colleen" is off to the "Human Rights Campaign" for a commendation as the latest victim of an "anti-LGBT hate crime."
Rosa Parks in drag, I guess.
Writing of this and other similarly innovative "rights," such as gay marriage, veteran journalist Robert Stacy McCain notes, "This has legal ramifications far beyond Houston, and is by no means limited to the issue of same-sex marriage. What you see, if you look at this in a larger legal and cultural context, is that liberals have decided the 'equal protection' clause of the Fourteenth Amendment trumps everything else in the Constitution or in Anglo-American common-law tradition, and that there is no protection whatsoever to those who oppose the 'emerging awareness' doctrine proclaimed by the Supreme Court in the 2003 Lawrence v. Texas case."
"Christians in Texas are not going to surrender without a fight," continued McCain, "and every Democrat in Texas ought to be held accountable for what radical Democrats led by Annise Parker are doing in Houston. Every Democrat in the state should be publicly challenged by Republicans either to endorse Mayor Parker's extremist agenda, or else to denounce it. And every Texas Democrat who claims to oppose Mayor Parker's agenda should then be called upon to condemn any Texas Democrat who supports Mayor Parker's agenda. It is high time, you see, that 'moderate Democrats' stop pretending to be moderates, because the Democrat Party is not a moderate party.
"Mayor Parker's radical agenda is the agenda of the Democrat Party, not only in Houston, not only in Texas, but everywhere. The sooner Democrats are forced to admit this, the sooner the American people can decide whether they want to follow the Democrat Party down this highway to hell that Democrats are paving at taxpayer expense."
The Alamo has returned to Texas. But this time, the bad guys are hoisting a rainbow flag.
Matt Barber is founder and editor-in chief of BarbWire.com. He is an author, columnist, cultural analyst and an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. Having retired as an undefeated heavyweight professional boxer, Matt has taken his fight from the ring to the culture war. (Follow Matt on Twitter: @jmattbarber).
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