It is always humorous to listen to a hypocritical Republican preach incessantly about personal accountability and accepting the consequences of one’s own choices and actions. This is particularly funny when the same Republican starts whining like a little sissy when they feel societal pressure for making choices and taking actions that are bigoted, racist, chauvinistic and unconstitutional. In a very important way, all Republicans are like evangelical fanatics that turn into crybabies and pull the “persecution” card when they are forbidden, by the U.S. Constitution, from forcing something unpopular, or their religious beliefs, down every other Americans’ throats against their will.
According to former North Carolina governor and evangelical bigot Pat McCrory, he is being persecuted over his staunch support for the so-called North Carolina “toilet law,” HB2. McCrory was giving an interview (starting at 17 minutes) on one of those evangelical fanatic podcasts Friday past where he complained bitterly that he is having uncharacteristic problems finding employment due to his support for HB2. In a related note, the N.C. Democratic Party responded to poor persecuted Pat’s complaints stating:
“North Carolina has already lost hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity and thousands of jobs as a direct result of House Bill 2, but I guess we can start adding Gov. McCrory’s career to the total as well.”
The former North Carolina governor related that he has been considered for part-time university teaching positions, but they have not materialized because of opposition to a religious bigot on campus. McCrory didn’t use the word “persecution,” but he did complain that academic and university leaders “have shown reluctance [to hire him] because of student protests” against an evangelical extremist as part-time instructor; he certainly shouldn’t be called a “professor.” Preacher maybe, but never Professor.
Poor persecuted Pat. He claimed, like every other religious Republican, that protests against Republican tyranny are not the way America works; but he stopped short of assailing the 1st Amendment’s freedom to assemble. However, he did claim that he is being “purged” because American citizens are exercising that 1st Amendment right many Republicans want to see abolished when they protest against Republican policies and agendas, or a corrupt, deranged lunatic living in the White House. McCrory said about protests targeting him: “That’s not the way our American system should operate – having people purged due to political thought.” Poor, persecuted Pat.
McCrory isn’t being “purged” from anything and the Americans protesting are not doing so over his “political thought.” They are protesting because he was, and still is, an overtly zealous supporter of unconstitutional discrimination against Americans who are worthy of the same Constitutional rights as the evangelical bigots behind hateful unconstitutional religious laws like HB2. Another way of stating what McCrory is really bitching about is that he is annoyed because American citizens are protesting against his attempt to force his “religious beliefs” disguised as “political thought” on other Americans.
As is typical of Republicans, especially after deceitful Don got to move in the White House, McCrory lied through his teeth during a Christian network interview. McCrory went out of his way to claim HB2 was simply a “privacy” law and religious North Carolina Republicans’ means of prohibiting any individual from gender self-identification; something McCrory claims is the purview of anyone but the individual. However, McCrory signed HB2, supported it savagely, and even filed a lawsuit against the federal government for criticizing it; so he knows exactly what the law entailed and yet he still lied on a Christian network by calling it a “privacy law.” It certainly is much, much more than a discriminatory toilet law and actually attacked every non-white, non-heterosexual, non-male and non-Christian demographic in the state of North Carolina.
HB2 may have been dubbed the “toilet law,” but it was the most strident attack on equal, civil, and employment rights in America and to prove the point it was only written, passed, and signed into law for the express purpose of abolishing an anti-discrimination law passed and enacted in one North Carolina city. It was never about which toilet a student relieves themselves in, sneaks a quick puff between classes in, or preens in front of the mirror in, and McCrory knows it.
The Republicans’ HB2 law attacks every demographic except white Christian males and legalizes discrimination against women, minorities, the LGBTQ community, non-Christians, atheists and anyone else an evangelical bigot concludes is ungodly. And, just for good measure, HB2 prohibited any city, county or municipality from ever passing any kind of non-discrimination statute as well as forbidding any city, county, or municipality from raising the minimum wage ( Section § 2.1). Remember, the whole “anti-transgender” movement began because this author’s birthplace, Charlotte North Carolina, passed a simple non-discrimination law extending 14th Amendment rights to the LGBTQ community; the only one in the state. It is worth noting that if North Carolina Republicans and their evangelical fanatic supporters had simply followed the law of the land, the U.S. Constitution, and the 5th and 14th Amendments’ guarantee of equal rights under the law for all American residents, the Charlotte city council would not have had to pass a specific law guaranteeing equal rights for non-heterosexuals.
McCrory, a typical “persecuted evangelical,” said that liberal groups opposing HB2 have harmed his stellar reputation. “If you disagree with the politically correct thought police … you’re a bigot, you’re the worst of evil. It’s almost as if I broke a law.” Actually, supporting, or signing into law any legislation that is a statewide mandate legalizing discrimination is against the law of the land, the United States Constitution.
Look, McCrory is a sad, pathetic crybaby who can’t accept that not everyone in America, or North Carolina for that matter, is a bigot clinging to religion to deny other Americans their constitutionally protected equal rights under the law of the land; a document that McCrory and most Republicans summarily reject. Except, of course, the 2nd Amendment and sometimes the 10th if it involves passing unconstitutional religious laws legalizing discrimination or punishing women.
If McCrory is really so upset that no reputable academic institution is willing to hire him, even for part-time work, because they are appalled at his ardent support for legalized discrimination founded on his religious beliefs, then he should pick up his trusty King James and read what Jesus Christ preached about tolerance. Then he should go the nearest public library, or any Internet search engine, and peruse that document he swore to uphold. Then he might fully understand why any patriotic American hates him and protests against his attempt to force his religious beliefs down their throats – because that is what HB2 is about and that is why poor “persecuted” Pat can’t get a job.
Audio engineer and instructor for SAE. Writes op/ed commentary supporting Secular Humanist causes, and exposing suppression of women, the poor, and minorities. An advocate for freedom of religion and particularly, freedom of NO religion.
Born in the South, raised in the Mid-West and California for a well-rounded view of America; it doesn’t look good.
Former minister, lifelong musician, Mahayana Zen-Buddhist.