I live in a small town near the slightly larger town of Greenville, Michigan, where a brave young high school student named Justin Barr is leading the charge to pass an anti-discrimination ordinance that includes sexual orientation and gender expression. The local paper has an article about it that shows what he’s up against.
Liberty Baptist Church Pastor Mike Austin wrote a letter to the township board and sent the same one to the city council, followed by a second letter to the city council about two weeks later.
The first letter dated June 28 stated passing such an ordinance would protect “felons.”
After reciting a Michigan law “Crime against nature or sodomy,” which states “any person who shall commit the abominable and detestable crime against nature either with mankind or with any animal shall be guilty of a felony…,” Austin asked what would be next?
“Will the city of Greenville also write an ordinance of nondiscrimination toward all car thieves, or bank robbers, or murderers, or other felons?” Austin asked. “All of those people are already protected from being discriminated against, but to write a specific ordinance of nondiscrimination for them based upon their crimes, would be seen as promoting their crimes.”
Austin is, predictably, quite ignorant. The law he refers to was overturned more than a decade ago and the “crime” he refers to no longer exists. And he trots out the usual argument we’ve seen all over the country against such ordinances:
In a second letter the Greenville City Council dated July 12, Austin brought new points forward to discourage the city from considering the ordinance. He said if the ordinance were to pass, “a transgender boy that claims he is a girl, (can) use the girl’s bathroom at all schools and they will not be able to stop him.” Austin stated the same for locker rooms and school situations involving staff and students using the same bathrooms.
Another concern of Austin’s is “no one at school will be able to challenge a person’s gender or how often it changes.” He noted all of his points would not only apply to schools, but to businesses as well.
“Those people who are claiming a new group status of LGBT — lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgenders — and are demanding non-discrimination rights, are just beginning to exercise their new-found powers and they are delighted,” Austin wrote. “…All of that insanity starts with an ordinance that recognizes certain people as a new group and gives them group rights of non-discrimination. They already have rights as individuals — if you acknowledge them as a group, and give them rights, insanity will eventually prevail and the rights of our wholesome families will be trampled upon”
Yeah. Can he name a single example of sexual predators using a woman’s room by pretending to be transgender? Of course not. This is one giant red herring. I don’t live in Greenville, so I won’t be directly involved in it. But I’ll do what I can to help it pass.