The base line of all their arguments are emotion based instead of truth. Whatever way the wind blows, thats the direction they bend…even if it breaks them like a dead tree in a stiff breeze.–Admin
I was leaving a meeting near the White House when a young woman wearing an “Equality” shirt asked if she could speak to me for a moment about an important bill. This is a rough transcript of what followed once I agreed to chat with her. The tone was friendly throughout on both sides.
Are People Really Fired For Being Gay or Lesbian?
She: “I’m with the Human Rights Campaign, and I’d like to talk with you about an important bill that’s being discussed right now. We’re concerned about equality.”
Me: “Actually, I’m on the HRC’s list of people exporting hate to the nations because I’m concerned about the religious freedoms of Christians. Are you concerned with discrimination against Christians too?”
She: “Yes, I am.”
Me: “You know, Christians around the world are being persecuted for their faith, and even here in America, there’s an attack on our freedoms.”
She: “Yes, well, that’s important. But we’re concerned here with discrimination against LGBT people because right now, in 28 states, you can be fired simply for being gay or lesbian.”
Don’t be weary in getting your message out, even if people don’t seem to listen. In the end, truth will triumph.
Me: “That’s a serious issue, and I live in North Carolina, where we do not have special protections for gays and lesbians. Could you give me some examples of people actually being fired just because they’re gay or lesbian? I’d really like to know that.”
She: “Yes, in North Carolina, you have HB2, which discriminates against transgenders.”
Me: “Actually, I think it was a good bill. Do you think it’s fair to girls in a school when a boy who identifies as a girl shares their bathrooms? Is that fair? I know girls who have been traumatized by the presence of boys in their locker rooms.”
She: “But we have to respect people’s gender identity too.”
Me: “But what about everyone else? Is that fair to them? And let’s say that you’re an athlete and worked really hard to win your competitions. Then, a boy in your school identifies as a girl and beats you all the time. Is that fair to you?”
She: “Well, we’ll just have to agree to disagree. But a person’s gender identity is important.”
If Biology Doesn’t Matter, Why Should Ethnic Roots Matter?
Me: “Can I ask how you determine gender identity? I mean, I’m a biological and chromosomal male. But if I identify as a female does that make me female? What if I identify as Hispanic? [She appeared to be Hispanic herself and was.]
She: “But do you have Hispanic roots? Are you actually Hispanic?”
Me: “Why do I need Hispanic roots? If I identify as Hispanic to the core of my being, how come I’m not Hispanic? If I identify as a female you accept me as a female. Why not my perceived ethnicity?”
She: “You’re comparing ethnicity with gender. That’s different.”
Me: “Why? If my biology doesn’t matter, why should my ethnic roots matter?”
She: “Well, we’ll have to agree to disagree.”
Me: “I’m happy to do that, but please do think about what I had to say, OK? Have a nice day.”
She: “Have a nice day.”
Truth Will Triumph
So, once again, an LGBT activist had no answers to simple questions and no ability to respond to truth.
It’s like an interaction I just had with a gay dad on Twitter. He criticized my support of the president’s military ban on those who identify as transgender. He told me I was guilty of excluding a whole group of people from serving in the military, just as women and blacks and gays had been excluded.
I pointed out to him that diabetics and asthmatics and people with sleep apnea and men under 5 feet tall can’t serve either. He repeated to me that this was the same discrimination previously faced by women and blacks and gays,
I told him the issue was one of military readiness and had nothing to do with discrimination. And I asked him if he thought asthmatics and diabetics should be able to serve in the military. His answer? There was none. To answer was to expose the bankruptcy of his argument.
So, don’t be weary in getting your message out, even if people don’t seem to listen. Others may be listening. And in the end, truth will triumph.