Declaration of Independence

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. - That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Civil Rights vs. Bathroom Debate

               The liberty principle for this Freedom Friday concerns the comparison of the bathroom debate with the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. The Civil Rights movement was important to our nation because an entire race was being oppressed, whether intentionally or unintentionally. Now the debate about bathrooms is being compared to that movement, a comparison that disrespects the battle fought by the black community.

                 Lawrence Jones wrote an interesting article titled “No, the Bathroom Debate is NOT Equivalent to the Civil Rights Fight of the 60s.” He begins his article by stating that he understands the plight of the LGBT community, feels everyone should be free to live their lives as they choose, and is on record of encouraging other people to show understanding and compassion to others.

                “That said, the LGBT community has elements within it that don’t feel that compromise is a valid end game, and their definition of coming to an understanding is the old `my way or the highway’ saying. This latest stunt from that arm of the LGVT community has tossed on the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. …

                “So inexcusable, in fact, that they compared it to the civil rights issues of the black community faced back in the 60s, when segregation was a thing we did.

                “As a black man, I can’t believe what I’m hearing. Back then, they discriminated against an entire race of people based on their skin color, barring them from anything from colleges to water fountains. This was something the black community couldn’t help. They were black, and regardless of what they’ve done, or the decisions they made, they were looked down on simply for having a certain level of melanin….

                “Now let’s take the transgender bathroom issue. Here we have people who are not what they say they are by the simple rules of nature, and defying these natural facts to make up their own rules in order to gain access to a restroom they don’t belong in. Their claim that they do belong in said restrooms is based solely off of reasoning that amounts to `because I said so.’ …

                “In what world is the transgender bathroom issue like the civil rights era issue? Except for the fact that you have two groups of people being denied something based on identity, one was denied for no good reason, and the other is being denied for a perfectly good reason.

                “This is so disrespectful to the black community whose struggle was a real issue of rights, not just for a bathroom, but for a life of freedom for an entire race….”

                I am grateful that this man had the courage to state the facts as they really are and not the way some people wish they were. I encourage you to read the entire article to feel the full extent of the author’s wrath.

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