The far right’s effort to stall, in Congress, the Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA), is getting desperate, warning that, should the legislation pass, heterosexuals might be forced, at their workplace, to share restrooms with people who are transgendered. This today from Mother Jones Online:
After many years, Congress may finally have the votes to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). The measure, which the Obama administration views as key to advancing gay rights, would ban workplace discrimination against gays, lesbians, and transgendered people. But Christian right groups are fighting the legislation — on the grounds that it would force businesses to allow transgendered and “transitioning” men and women to use opposite-sex restrooms or face lawsuits from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. . . . Peter LaBarbera, president of the anti-gay group Americans for Truth, has called ENDA the “Transgendered Bathrooms for Business” bill. He frets on his Web site that women will be forced to share facilities with “a big-boned man claiming to be ‘transitioning’ to ‘womanhood.'” He writes, “Biologically-born ladies, beware!”
Is Peter LaBarbera right? Is our culture, in making both male and female restrooms accessible to transgendered people, taking a terrifying jump to the left?
Yes, the so-called “conservatives” in America are the masters of bald-faced obfuscation. The reason we really oppose the ENDA is simply that we have no intention of according equal rights, equal consideration, to perverts and sodomites. This is a line in the sand that the neocons affectively betray every day by giving all these foolish reasons–defence of the family, defence of children, goofballs in the toilet stalls, etc…. Such is an implicit concession that one has a duty to treat every one else with an equal human dignity unless some bufoonish reason can be concocted to do otherwise. Rights-speak are zero sum politics, and neocon pundits refuse to recognise this.
I see you take your theocratic conservatism straight. I give you points for honesty. Would that all conservative theocrats would come out of the closet (as you have). It’s clarifying. Obviously, as a liberal, I can’t begin to absorb your reactionary worldview—or how you could speak of gay people in such ridiculous and obscene (I’ll even say childish) terms. I do think, however, that you were very insightful about “zero sum politics” and how the demand for secular justifications (as opposed to theocratic ones) hamper the advance of right wing bigotry. I am glad we have made that advance in our political culture.