While the 2016 presidential election has dominated the news for months, there’s still a lot of non-election news going on in the country that, unfortunately, seems to be getting overlooked. Take for instance the extreme anti-LGBT law which was recently rushed through the North Carolina state legislature that essentially made it illegal for any city or town to pass any sort of law that protects members of the LGBT community from discrimination.
To put it another way, it is now currently illegal in North Carolina to pass any law that protects a certain group of Americans (members of the LGBT community) from being discriminated against. In effect, it’s basically an anti-civil rights law. Which is absurd considering it’s 2016 – not 1956.
Well, needless to say these types of laws have come with consequences.
There are now reports that the Obama administration is considering pulling billions in federal funds from North Carolina over this highly discriminatory piece of legislation.
As reported by the New York Times:
The Obama administration is considering whether North Carolina’s new law on gay and transgender rights makes the state ineligible for billions of dollars in federal aid for schools, highways and housing, officials said Friday.
Cutting off any federal money — or even simply threatening to do so — would put major new pressure on North Carolina to repeal the law, which eliminated local protections for gay and transgender people and restricted which bathrooms transgender people can use. A loss of federal money could send the state into a budget crisis and jeopardize services that are central to daily life.
This is a big deal considering Gov. Pat McCrory specifically told residents that the law wouldn’t impact any sort of federal funding the state receives.
While it’s still questionable as to whether or not the Obama administration would take such drastic action, even the threat of doing so might be enough to force the state to act. After all, losing billions in funding that goes to vital programs like schools and highways would be a massive blow to the state.
Though I do hope that if North Carolina doesn’t repeal this law, the Obama administration follows through with whatever they can do to make the state face repercussions for this very discriminatory law.
The bottom line is, these laws are unconstitutional. They’re pieces of legislation that have been passed to specifically allow a whole group of Americans to have their civil rights trampled on by anyone who claims “it’s against my religion.” It’s absurd. If being “against someone’s religion” is a basis for legalized discrimination, then where are the limits? And if you do put limits on such a claim, then why are some religious views more protected than others?
See how ridiculous this all is?
When you get right down to the foundation of what this is, it’s not much different from what we saw decades ago with segregation where, often, religion was cited as a defense for denying African-Americans their civil rights.
These sorts of laws need to be wakeup calls for liberals and all sane people in this country. We cannot sit by while conservatives continue to drag this country backwards in time. We must get out, vote blue, and let’s make damn sure Republicans lose power at every possible level of government on a ballot this November.