“There are those who hate the one who upholds justice in court and detest the one who tells the truth” Amos 5:10.

This verse is incredibly relevant today, especially in our home state of North Carolina, since last week when our governor signed House Bill 2 (HB2) into law. This common-sense bill overturned Charlotte’s radical bathroom ordinance.

Once the media started reporting, you would’ve thought the governor had joined ISIS! The narrative that was created against him and our state has been filled with hatred and detestation against the truth of this common-sense measure.

The truth is: Women and children deserve privacy and protection in bathrooms and locker rooms. At what time are you more vulnerable than that? And yet, by crafting a law that simply states, “People must use the bathroom of the sex listed on their birth certificate,” opponents are saying North Carolina is against LGBT individuals.

The Huffington Post added to the fire: “The law effectively legalizes discrimination against lesbian, gay, transgender, and bisexual people.”

Seriously? Against LGBT people by not allowing our wives and daughters to be exposed to some dude’s penis in a locker room? (Just gotta say it.) No, we’re actually for protecting our girls’ privacy in their most vulnerable moments. And to be honest, those who oppose this common-sense protection sure seem to be against protecting our women and children.

At a press conference before the vote was taken, we were asked by a reporter, “So where are transgender people supposed to use the restroom then?” He asked it as if we were absolute idiots for suggesting protections for women.

Our response to him was simple, “Your plumbing determines where you use the restroom. It’s just common sense.” He rolled his eyes, shook his head furiously and had nothing to say in response.

And the battle rages on. What the radical sexual revolution – promoted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and others – can’t achieve with policy it will force in culture. This is the combined one-two punch in the boxing ring of society today.

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Just after HB2 was signed into law, the HRC turned up the cultural heat by enlisting the NBA, American Airlines, Apple and others to show their disgust against it.

What? The NBA is going to boycott Charlotte because we want to keep men out of women’s locker rooms and bathrooms? Are you kidding? Apple is going to boycott Charlotte because we want to protect businesses from being forced to violate their consciences in the marketplace?

What happened to tolerance? What happened to diversity?

The truth of the matter is each of these companies, including private individuals and universities in North Carolina, is free to adopt their own policies. There is nothing preventing them from doing so.

If American Airlines believes, as it says, “no individual should be discriminated against because of gender identity or sexual expression,” it is free to make employment and HR policies accordingly. (Quick side note: Gender identity is “who you go to bed as,” and sexual orientation is “who you go to bed with” – just in case you were wondering.)

Since this bill gives American Airlines the freedom to conduct its business according to its conscience, why is it hating on North Carolina? Is it because it wants to force other businesses to believe just like American Airlines? Is that American?

And Apple? Yeah, the same company that makes millions of dollars in Tehran, Iran, where women and gays are treated less than human – it is hating on our state, too? Apple should spend its energy on the Middle East and speak up for those who are truly being oppressed.

The bottom line is, LGBT individuals are not being oppressed in North Carolina, and they have the same civil rights we all have – the right to vote, the right to due process, equal protection, equal employment, equal housing, etc. And most are completely happy with that.

But the Human Rights Campaign, motivated and empowered by the sexual revolution, wants special rights, not civil rights – at the expense of women, children and religious freedom.

So they’ve crafted the narrative in the media that North Carolina’s HB2 is against LGBT individuals, yet nothing could be further from the truth.

We are for privacy and protection and against men in women’s bathrooms – it’s common sense. We are for all individuals in the marketplace and against forced participation in expressive events and messages – it’s just common sense.

This is the truth, and we must testify to it, regardless of the misleading narrative that will circulate as a result. For more information, check out this press release from Gov. Pat McCrory that the Huffington Post and the New York Times refuse to report.

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