By Bob Unruh
A state lawmaker in North Carolina is warning that the city of Charlotte has blown privacy to “smithereens” and the speaker of the state House says there’s support for a special legislative session to correct that.
The fight is over the recent vote by council members in Charlotte, where the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is headquartered, that will allow “people to use the bathroom of their choice.”
The issue has played out in several other major venues across the U.S., most recently in Houston, where voters rejected out of hand a lesbian mayor’s imposition of the same transgender protection plan.
Charlotte’s adoption of the idea even drew the wrath of renowned Christian leader Franklin Graham, chief of Samaritan’s Purse and the BGEA.
“It’s not over though,” he reported on his Facebook page. “North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has been clear that this is a bad policy and said if the city passed it, immediate legislative action would likely be taken by the state.”
Graham wrote, “I hope they will take swift action to strike down this dangerous ordinance or bring it to a referendum for voters to decide. If this were put to a vote in Charlotte, I’m sure it would be overwhelmingly defeated by Democrats and Republicans alike.”
The ordinance means homosexuals and transgenders get legal permission, and, in fact, legal protection, for a man who says he feels like he’s a woman to be allowed to use a women’s restroom or locker room facility, even if it violates the privacy of women or young girls who also may be there.
In a report at NPR’s WFAE, House Speaker Tim Moore suggested an immediate legislative session to derail Charlotte’s plan, citing the imminent danger to public safety.
“Folks should have some sense of privacy when they go to the restroom, and this ordinance just blows that to smithereens,” Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Buck Newton told the station.
The change is to take effect April 1 and the General Assembly is set to meet starting April 25.
“Shame on Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts and the city council members,” Franklin wrote then. He said the ordinance “would allow people to use the bathroom of their choice, not based on their biological sex.”
He praised council members Ed Driggs, Claire Fallon, Greg Phipps and Kenny Smith “for having the courage to do the right thing and vote NO.”
Just ahead of the vote, he said, “It’s hard to believe that such a ludicrous law would even be seriously considered – and even harder to believe that at least 8 of 11 council members have said they would vote for it!”
“Are people just not thinking clearly? This law would allow pedophiles, perverts and predators into women’s bathrooms. This is wicked and it’s filthy. To think that my granddaughters could go into a restroom and a man be in there exposing himself … what are we setting our children and grandchildren up for? There’s not a public restroom in Charlotte that would be safe!” he said.
He said it should be inconceivable that Charlotte’s mayor and the council members “have succumbed to the pressures from depraved sexual activists and are willing to put women and girls at risk like this.”
He pointed out that the same plan was defeated a year ago and it shouldn’t even have been brought back by the mayor.
McCrory said the transgender provisions opening up public restrooms to all is a concern.
“It is not only the citizens of Charlotte that will be impacted by changing basic restroom and locker room norms but also citizens from across our state and nation who visit and work in Charlotte,” the governor said. “This shift in policy could also create major public safety issues by putting citizens in possible danger from deviant actions by individuals taking improper advantage of a bad policy.”
He said he would expect immediate state legislative intervention, and said he would support it.
WND reported only a few weeks ago that the coalition of pastors that defeated Houston Mayor Annise Parker’s transgender agenda at the ballot box were volunteering to help pastors in Dallas in the same fight.
Other cities, from Oregon to Maryland, under pressure of homosexual, lesbian and transgender activists, already have made the jump to open their public restrooms.
One of the key leaders in the Houston fight, Rev. Dave Welch, president of the Texas Pastor Council, said the change “not only opens but essentially removes the doors of women’s restrooms, showers and locker rooms.”
The Houston fight lasted nearly two years and ended late in 2015 when citizens, who were allowed to vote over the mayor’s objections and only by order of the state Supreme Court, soundly rejected Parker’s agenda, 62 percent to 38 percent.
Citizens already are working, under the banner of the North Carolina Values Coalition, to fight the special provisions designed to benefit transgenders.