Looking at Today’s Reality:

People, people, what are we doing to ourselves…? Has the time not yet come when we will rise up in gentleness and love, and yet with sweet and resolute determination, to say: Enough. Now that’s just enough—?

Are the people in North Carolina really going to go along with this direct legislative assault on gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people?

How much more hatred can a civil society put into actual law and still call itself civilized? Do you know what the law, passed in a rush-rush session of the legislature in North Carolina, actually does?

It is not simply legislation that makes it illegal for lesbians, gays, and transgender people to use the public restroom of the gender with which they identify — and therefore with whom they feel the most comfortable. It goes much further than that. It actually prohibits local governments from passing non-discrimination laws that would protect persons of differing sexual orientation within their jurisdiction.

But wait. It doesn’t even stop there. The so-called Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act bars all people, gay and straight, who are employed in North Carolina from suing any company that it feels has mistreated them — which until now they could do under a state anti-discrimination law that has been in place for 30 years. This little provision was snuck into the fine print of the more publicly debated “bathroom” legislation.

So now, if you live in North Carolina and feel you’ve been fired or mistreated because of your gender, your race, or your religion, you can’t do anything about it in state courts using state law, thanks to this business-friendly, poor-people-unfriendly law. (You would now have to use Federal courts and Federal law — a far more complicated, expensive, time-consuming, and thus discouraging process for low-income plaintiffs with job and housing discrimination claims.)

Why are we doing this to ourselves? Have we not yet had enough?

And what is the Big Deal about the sexual orientation of people in public bathrooms? I need to tell you something. Thirty-five years ago I traveled on assignment for Project AIDSAT (Agency for International Development/Space Age Technologies), under the aegis of the State Department. I remember my first day in Ouagadougou, the capital of what is now known as Burkina Faso, but what was then called Upper Volta. The team members working with me who were stationed at the U.S. Embassy there chuckled when I went into the restroom and came out shocked. There were men and women in there. In the same restroom. (My surprise was that I simply hadn’t expected it.)

That’s right. The public bathrooms were unisex. And this was over 30 years ago. No one thought anything of it. There were no attacks by men against women (or vice-versa), I saw no unruly behaviors, I heard no inappropriate comments, I experienced no invasion of privacy. Everybody behaved like grown-ups, simply using a public convenience to perform a natural human function.

No one thought anything of it.

The government did not have to pass a Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act. But this, of course, was an “undeveloped” nation, not the sophisticated State of North Carolina in the advanced nation called the United States of America.

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  • Pam Buchanan Schaeffer

    What can I say except this proves that in some states we are still an unevolved, primitive society.

    • AKA Patrick

      And this is 2000 years after Jesus’ time. Haven’t we learned anything yet? As NDW says, we need to spiritualize everything—politics, business, government, economy, medicine, etc.

  • Sheera Munro

    This hurts my heart…I’m beyond shocked. I can only hope that those who are being judged, find peace within their own power of truth and love. Please do not take the lack of perspective of those judging personally. Know that they are a minority and that we the majority love and respect you for walking your truth. Love has no restrictions…humans do.

  • Father forgive them for they know not what they do.

  • mewabe

    This new law is not so much about being business-friendly as it is about being religion-friendly. It’s primarily about making actions based on religion-rooted prejudices and hatred legal.

    Let’s not beat around the bush: right-wing Christians seek to implement a Bible- based, American version of Sharia law…to go back to the middle ages, taking the Bible literally (women must obey men, etc…). If they could, would they apply the idea of “an eye for an eye” and cut a thief’s hand in public as do Saudis under Wahhabism? They just might, as well as going back to stoning people to death. Who knows? Africans converted to Christianity by American missionaries are already burning “witches” alive. Perhaps they will lead to way.

    Religion is at once a primary cause and an expression of mental illness. Much of humanity is mentally ill, and it won’t get better for a quite while, as anger, fears and fundamentalism/extremism expand worldwide under a worsening global crisis.

    Humanity is having a crisis, a major fever of sort, a mental-spiritual breakdown. We must look at the world understanding that this is not business as usual. We are on a journey to the end of the night, to borrow Louis-Ferdinand Celine’s book title. We are manifesting our worst nightmares, and it will get worse.

    Yes, America could use some improvements. But to keep things in perspective, think about what ISIS did to the Yazidi minority in Iraq…taking Yazidi who would not convert to Islam into a sawmill and cutting their limbs, or cutting them in half, while alive and slowly, through a table saw, as testified by Yazidi survivors and now refugees in Germany.

    You might understand what I meant by a journey to the end of the night. Fortunately, after the night comes dawn, always.

  • Stephen mills

    The worrying thing is where are the counter movements that put in the checks and balances to extreme view’s based on narrow religious doctrine .

    What humans are doing to themselves in the name of that which is divine is truly abhorrent . I hope the night is over quickly mewabe for the sake of the sanity off humanity .

    • AKA Patrick

      “LIFE” being interpreted as “GOD.” After all, they are interchangeable words because they are the same thing. God Is Life.

      • Stephen mills

        Defo my divine friend ….