Is North Carolina at the forefront of a revolt? Veteran journalist David Kupelian sure hopes so.
“After watching almost every institution, from the Boy Scouts to even some churches, cave under pressure to the increasingly deranged demands of the LGBT movement – and backed fully by the Obama administration – it’s more than refreshing to see the state of North Carolina sue the federal government for its obvious overreach and bullying,” said Kupelian, WND’s managing editor and author of “The Snapping of the American Mind.”
“Hopefully North Carolina’s fortitude will encourage other individuals, organizations and government entities to stop the trend of cravenly capitulating to what they all know, deep down, is wrong, immoral and pathological.”
On Monday, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Justice Department, accusing the feds of “baseless and blatant overreach” regarding House Bill 2, the North Carolina law that mandates people in the state must use the restroom of the gender on their birth certificates.
The Justice Department had sent a letter to McCrory last week declaring that House Bill 2 violates Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Specifically, the department stated: “Access to sex-segregated restrooms and other workplace facilities consistent with gender identity is a term, condition or privilege of employment. Denying such access to transgender individuals, whose gender identity is different from their gender assigned at birth, while affording it to similarly situated non-transgender employees, violates Title VII.”
The DOJ threatened to either file a lawsuit or strip the state of federal funding if McCrory did not change the law by the end of business Monday. But when McCrory fought back with a lawsuit instead of rolling over, the DOJ followed through with its threat and filed its own lawsuit against North Carolina.
The federal suit accuses the state of violating Title IX, the Education Acts Amendment of 1972 and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act.
It’s based on the belief that laws back as far as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the 1972 Education Acts Amendment specifically authorized men who say they are women to use women’s restrooms and showers, and vice versa.
Michael Brown, a WND columnist, radio host and president of FIRE School of Ministry, was elated to see his state of residence stand up to the latest push from the LGBT agenda.
“I’m thrilled to see my current home state stand up to the federal government’s bullying, calling it out for exactly what it is: an extreme act of overreach,” said Brown, author of “Outlasting the Gay Revolution.”
“Everything the Obama administration is doing is wrong – from the misreading of Title VII and Title IX to their giving ridiculous deadlines to North Carolina to respond – and it’s high time that this madness was challenged head on.
“Hopefully, this will be a turning point in the radical LGBT assault on our freedoms. As I wrote in my book ‘Outlasting the Gay Revolution,’ when the city of Houston subpoenaed the sermons of pastors, a line was crossed, and the city stood up and responded. Today, governors and state leaders across the nation need to stand up and say, ‘Enough is enough. You will not force us to allow men into our daughter’s school locker rooms and wives’ changing rooms.'”
Paul Kengor, a college professor and author of “Takedown: From Communists to Progressives, How the Left Has Sabotaged Family and Marriage,” recognizes the transgender bathroom fight is an extension of the battle over gay marriage.
“Good for North Carolina,” Kengor applauded. “In the Obergefell decision, Anthony Kennedy and the high court’s liberals ignored the rights of the states and invented and imposed a constitutionally non-existent mandate redefining marriage on all 50 states. It’s about time that some states finally fight back.
“The progressives are out of control with their seizing of the federal government and their steamrolling of the states. We need some states to fight back. The nature redefiners are bullies who must be countered.”
McCrory had asked the DOJ for an extension to what he called the “unrealistic” Monday deadline for overturning the law. The department told him it would only extend the deadline if McCrory publicly agreed the law was discriminatory, which the governor refused to do.
“I’m not going to publicly announce that something discriminates, which is agreeing with their letter, because we’re really talking about a letter in which they’re trying to define gender identity,” McCrory told Fox News on Sunday. “And there is no clear identification or definition of gender identity. It’s the federal government being a bully.”
Kupelian also rejects the concept of “gender identity” as something distinct from a person’s “gender assigned at birth.”
“It can’t be said enough times: Men cannot become women, and women cannot become men,” Kupelian said. “It’s a strong delusion, but simply feeling strongly that something is so doesn’t make it so. Every cell of a man’s body is permanently branded with Y-chromosomes and so that man cannot be magically turned into a woman by fiddling with his plumbing. A so-called male-to-female transgender like Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner is simply a female impersonator – not more, not less.
“To dispute this is to dispute the most fundamental biology. Unfortunately, as we see everywhere today, rational thinking is no longer a prerequisite for leftist activism.”