Coerce – verb co·erce \kō-ˈərs\
- : to make (someone) do something by using force or threats
- : to get (something) by using force or threats
While the act of coercion is not a foreign concept in the contact sport of politics, none wield it with such ruthless disregard for the public as those on the left of the political spectrum. There is no depth they will not sink to, in order to force total subservience to their worldview. Whether it takes lawsuits to shut down Christian businesses that refuse to bend their principles and participate in events that violate their religious beliefs, or it takes boycotts and threats of financial ruin on an entire state, in order to enforce their will on the people of that state, the political left and their Democrat attack dogs have no reservations about the havoc they inflict.
Earlier this week, North Carolina’s governor, Pat McCrory, signed North Carolina House Bill 2 into law, after an emergency session of the NC General Assembly voted and passed the bill overwhelmingly in both the NC House and Senate. The law, called the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, was in response to a Charlotte, NC ordinance making public bathrooms sex-neutral, in order to allow those who identified as a gender other than that on their birth certificates to use the bathroom or locker room of their choice.
The prevailing concern with the public was that it posed a security threat, since the only requirement is that somebody say they felt like a different gender. The ordinance was so broadly worded that the potential to be taken advantage of by individuals with less than innocent motives was great.
Now begins the great wailing and gnashing of teeth by those social justice warriors of the left, far and wide. House Bill 2 is being pushed as an “anti-LGBT” bill, suggesting that the bill somehow outlaws LGBT citizens. If you listen to North Carolina Democrats, Governor McCrory has commissioned jack booted thugs to storm homes in the middle of the night and drag away our LGBT loved ones to labor camps.
What North Carolina Democrats and the carpetbagging leftists across the country don’t remind citizens is that McCrory, who is now being labeled Enemy #1, has already ceded ground in this fight, siding with Democrats in March of 2015, in opposing a religious freedom bill that would have protected public officials who refused to perform gay weddings, based on religious objections. McCrory, at that time, stated that the wording made no sense, as written. He also said no further protections were needed, and that it was time for North Carolina’s citizens to learn to accept each other. McCrory’s veto was ultimately overturned by the NC House and Senate, but it came with stiff requirements for those officials who expressed religious objections.
These are hardly the words or actions of a man bent on persecuting or discriminating against a select group of people.
None of that matters in this culture war, however. The battleground has been established, and compromise for the sake of peace is not on any leftist agenda. They demand fealty without question, and anything less than total abandonment of tradition at the altar of secular humanism is unacceptable.
North Carolina’s Democrat party, rather than act to enlighten their ranks about the realities of HB2, have joined with outsiders in ridiculing and attacking the government, and the people of North Carolina as “bigoted” and simpleminded. They see the threats of outside special interest groups against their own state as a convenient cudgel for forcing compliance to their worldview.
- Director Rob Reiner (You know… “Meathead” from “All in the Family”) has called for a boycott of the movie industry in North Carolina, in order to force compliance to the LGBT agenda.
- Ed Lee, mayor of San Francisco, CA has banned publicly funded employee travel to North Carolina.
- The NBA and the Carolina Hurricanes hockey team have issued statements against what they deem a “discriminatory” bill.
- MoveOn.org is pushing a petition to have Governor McCrory impeached.
Make no mistake, there are consequences to be paid when an official does not bow to the agenda of the left. There is no sense of unity as countrymen or the grace of mutual acceptance. There is only total surrender to the way of social justice and the “feel good” agenda that often overrides anything resembling commonsense.
Governor McCrory’s office released a convenient checklist of facts about the bill, in the wake of the left’s onslaught of outrage. Nothing about the bill encourages discrimination, and it even allows for private businesses to have whatever bathroom policy they feel comfortable with. One of the questions answered about HB2 states:
Can private businesses, if they choose, continue to allow transgender individuals to use the bathroom, locker room or other facilities of the gender they identify with, or provide other accommodations?
Answer: Yes. That is the prerogative of private businesses under this new law. For instance, if a privately-owned sporting facility wants allow attendees of sporting events to use the restroom of their choice, or install unisex bathrooms, they can. The law neither requires nor prohibits them from doing so.
We are very much in the days where good is called evil and evil is called good. This “tolerance” of the left is nothing but intolerance of everyone else. We are in a war against cultural Marxism, so we’d better close ranks and guard our flank, lest we be overcome. Our enemy is ruthless and the battle rages on.