The news was ablaze today with reports that Governor Roy Cooper had made a proposal to Republicans in the General Assembly.
Cooper's proposal? Repeal HB2; pass tougher criminal penalties for assaults in bathrooms and locker rooms; and require municipalities to provide 30 days notice in the event they plan to pass any anti-discrimination ordinances.
Phil Berger's spokeswoman quickly pointed out that this proposal does not address privacy concerns for women and young girls. That is, indeed, a major concern because many would feel very uncomfortable and unsafe if biological men were undressing and showering with them and using the same restroom. That issue is aggravated by the fact that some men would likely exploit any change in the law to take advantage of women and girls.
Another issue was addressed by HB 2 however; and we ought not lose sight of it. Orthodox Christians in various parts of the country have been persecuted after the U.S. Supreme Court forced the acceptance of same-sex marriage nationwide. Indeed, the political and cultural left has absolutely relished coercing and squeezing orthodox Christians to violate their religious conscience. And they have lustily urged and cheered the persecution of these Christians should they refuse to acquiesce.
Those cheering the persecution have included many of the liberal mainline Protestant denominations; and also many of those within contemporary Judaism. These parties have absolutely betrayed orthodox Christians, and have intentionally sought to harm them.
That is the state of our nation right now. It is downright awful.
These are absolutely terrible people urging this persecution; and orthodox Christians (i.e. conservative Protestants, devout Catholics and eastern Orthodox) need protection from them.
HB 2 provides that protection.
Every Republican who abandons HB 2 is serving the Christians up to the lions. The Republicans in Raleigh need to stand firm against the evil democratic socialists and their compatriots in the media.
Acceding to Cooper's plan would make it much less likely Republicans would possess the fortitude to act in the event a rogue municipality like Charlotte or Greensboro were to pass new ordinances.
The fact is that, notwithstanding the media's propagandistic drumbeating, the state of North Carolina is doing very well. HB 2 has had some limited impacts, but the overall statewide economy is headed in the right direction. We are doing better than much of the rest of the country.
The Republicans need to stand up to the media/left intimidation. That includes our Republican legislators right here in Guilford County who have sometimes seemed so eager to sell out. Leave HB 2 in place; and move on to a real conservative agenda.