It wasn’t long ago that men dressed up like women on Monty Python’s Flying Circus and SNL because it was funny – a joke.
The thought of allowing teenage boys into girl’s bathrooms and locker rooms is unequivocally opposed by 99.99% of the population – so why are we even talking about this?
Former Houston Astros star Lance Berkman is being called a bigot for speaking out as a spokesman for a group that’s opposed to “The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance” or “HERO” – which would allow transgenders into the bathroom or lockeroom of their choice. This isn’t a joke any more:
I don’t consider the word “confused” to be derogatory or a pejorative when it comes to people’s mindset. I’m damn near confused every morning when I wake up. What day is it? Did I remember to turn on the ice machine? Where’s my damn ATM card?
“The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance” will be on the city’s Nov. 3 ballots and applies to private employers, businesses that serve the public, and housing among other entities, The Houston Chronicle reported. A Texas Supreme Court ruling insisted the city either repeal the ordinance or put it to a vote.
The ordinance in question would ensure public accommodations for transgendered people to use public bathrooms consistent with their gender identity. Berkman and his group are of the opinion that such accommodations would create an unsafe environment for “mothers, wives and daughters,” characterizing those impacted as “troubled men” and equating them with sexual predators and sex offenders.
Berkman is using his fame to speak out against the ordinance in recent radio ads: “No men in women’s bathrooms, no boys in girls’ showers or locker rooms,” Berkman says in the ad, which opposes a bill disguised as just wanting discrimination protections for the LGBT community in Houston.
In the ad and its related media, Berkman urges opposition to Proposition 1, which prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity as well as gender, race, national origin, religion, pregnancy, and a list of other traits included in federal anti-discrimination law. Berkman explains he’s against the ordinance because of one equal-access application, saying as a father of four daughters he does not want “troubled men to enter women’s bathrooms, showers, and locker rooms.”
“As I understand it, there is an ordinance in Houston that would allow pretty much open bathrooms,” Berkman said Friday, sitting in the home dugout at Busch Stadium. “I certainly would never want to discriminate against anybody or make anybody feel uncomfortable. As a father of four daughters this scenario comes to mind where I’ve got my girls (going into) a public bathroom and there’s a guy in there and I don’t know what his intentions are. Is he a voyeur? Is he a child molester? Does he really think he’s a woman? I don’t know.
Let’s be honest – the Marxist Left’s goal is to criminalize and demonize anyone with traditional values. And they’re winning.
Cyd Zeigler at outsports.com is has the typical response: “Lance Berkman uses the fear of rapists wandering into women’s locker rooms as a smokescreen – the idea of boys suddenly showering with girls in the locker room. Of course, what the ordinance actually does is open public accommodations to trans people. Berkman and his homophobic and transphobic cohorts are locking onto this image of same crazed vagabond wandering into a women’s bathroom and raping them. So now transgender women are “troubled men.” Disgusting.”
DANIEL J. FLYNN at Breitbart puts it this way: “People who hang out in public restrooms generally fall into two camps: the really sick or the really sick. It’s likely that very few transgenders wish to remain past their welcomes. But like Vince Wilfork or Abe Vigoda or Andy Dick or John Tesh in the girls’ room, the welcome runs out once they walk in…
So how long are we going to put up with this crap? I don’t know – Houston has until early November…
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