July 22, 2016 - Friday
NBA Guilty of Traveling
While the rest of America fights the president's outrageous bathroom order, the NBA is showing fans whose team they're on. In a stunning announcement yesterday, the League informed everyone that it was pulling the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte because of the state's decision to put the safety of women and children ahead of the extreme transgender agenda of this White House. While almost two dozen states are going to the mat to stop the president from opening up public school showers, locker rooms, and bathrooms to both genders, the NBA is proving how far outside of the mainstream the sport is.
"While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state, and country in which we do business, we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in the climate created by H.B. 2." Of course, H.B. 2, as most everyone knows by now, was North Carolina's response to Charlotte's mayor, who tried to force this radical gender makeover on the city's local businesses and schools. After weeks of ignoring the legislature's warnings, the city passed the policy anyway, triggering a statewide backlash. Almost immediately, leaders convened and repealed the ordinance -- as they vowed to do -- with H.B. 2.
Despite a flash of opposition from Hollywood and a handful of entertainers, North Carolina leaders like Governor Pat McCrory (R) and Lt. Governor Dan Forest (R) stood firm, which helped kick off a nationwide protest to the Left's lunacy. After weathering the storm -- and picking up millions of allies -- North Carolina isn't about to flinch just because a sports league beholden to the Left's cultural bullies is picking up their ball and leaving town. In a statement, Governor McCrory showed who the real cowards are.
"The sports and entertainment elite, Attorney General Roy Cooper, and the liberal media have for months misrepresented our laws and maligned the people of North Carolina simply because most people believe boys and girls should be able to use school bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers without the opposite sex present. Twenty-one other states have joined North Carolina to challenge the federal overreach by the Obama administration mandating their bathroom policies in all businesses and schools instead of allowing accommodations for unique circumstances. Left-wing special interest groups have no moral authority to try and intimidate the large majority of American parents who agree in common-sense bathroom and shower privacy for our children. American families should be on notice that the selective corporate elite are imposing their political will on communities in which they do business, thus bypassing the democratic and legal process."
If losing the NBA All-Star Game is what it costs to keep the Tar Heels safe, so be it. It's a small price to pay for even one child's innocence. And here's the irony: the state legislature firmly supports businesses like the NBA making their own decisions – which anyone who reads the law knows H.B. 2 is all about! North Carolina (like most states) doesn't believe the government should be telling executives how to run their businesses, especially on policies that carry as much liability as this one.
But the NBA isn't just on the wrong side of North Carolina law, it's also on the wrong side of public opinion. In polling conducted just this month, two-thirds of Americans said they oppose the government's efforts "to force businesses and schools to allow restroom, locker room and shower access to people of the opposite sex – including," as the Washington Times points out, "52 percent who strongly oppose such measures." If basketball was hoping to rebound with the support of young fans, they're mistaken. Millennials are just as frustrated by the president's push, disapproving by a 55-37 percent margin.
What inconsistency, blasts Congressman Robert Pittenger (R-N.C.)! The NBA rails about North Carolina's law while being quite content to host preseason games in China, which has a far worse record on LGBT issues. "Is the NBA implying China's abhorrent violation of basic human rights is acceptable, but North Carolina saying men shouldn't use the girls' locker room is a bridge too far? What is the NBA's true priority? The unmistakable hypocrisy is clear to me," he wrote in a letter to the League. Meanwhile, North Carolina's fans have a message for the League: if they want to walk out on fans in the name of political correctness, that's their choice. Don't let the bathroom door hit you on the way out.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC Action senior writers.