These state laws and proposed laws purporting to protect our daughters in bathrooms have nothing to do with protecting anybody and are nothing more than hysterical scare tactics.
To go into a men’s room and have that Old Testament-thumper and premier homophobe the Duck Commander, with his creepy beard and odd obsession with bestiality and barnyard animals, arrive at the urinal next to me–THAT would scare something more than the pee out of me.
I’ve noticed that wherever this madness over bathroom protection comes up, the Duck guy is there, sermonizing in political forums as well as churches with sermons that reference bestiality.
(In fairness to the Duck family, at least one of the boys doesn’t get the willies about openly gay friends and collaborators–not when there’s so much money to be made off the Duck Commander brand.)
Christian blogger John Pavlovitz has a smart take on all this fear-mongering nonsense.
1) No sane, decent, loving fathers want guys in the bathroom with their daughters. Making these claims is setting up battle lines that don’t exist and creating a false good vs. evil delineation to make ourselves feel better. It’s claiming some manufactured moral high ground that simply isn’t present.
2) We straight people have all been using the public bathroom with LGBTQ people for our entire lives and most of us have never had an issue, (and definitely not one this bill addresses). We will all continue to use the bathroom with LGBTQ people going forward. The idea that we now won’t, or that this will somehow keep our daughters safer is simply misinformation and fear-peddling to justify a conclusion. It’s a false victory based on a nonexistent threat, which the Church and politicians specialize in.
I urge you to read his entire take–and the comments his readers made about it.
Meanwhile . . . in the endless race for the White House. . . the Duck family’s man for Prez gets confronted by a married, gay Republican who seems like a rather harmless conservative.