In an appearance last week on the radio show of Family Research Council head Tony Perkins, as reported by Right Wing Watch, Forest asserted that Charlotte’s ordinance was in fact unconstitutional on the grounds that the state government has exclusive responsibility for public accommodations laws, and not the municipalities. And then Perkins asked a question about the business community’s objections to the law: Essentially, are they just saying this for show?
“In your discussion with some of these — you don’t have to use any company names or executive names,” Perkins said, “is a part of this their public posture to appease elements within their corporations that are clamoring for this, and are very vocal? And it’s more of just trying to appease them, than it is the business actually taking a position?”
“Yeah, absolutely it is,” Forest responded. “I mean, listen, obviously, nobody likes discrimination. We don’t like discrimination, and that’s why we passed an anti-discrimination law — that’s what HB2 was. Nobody likes discrimination, so it’s easy to stand up and say, ‘We don’t like anybody being discriminated against.’ Well, our bill does not discriminate against anyone.
“In fact, the Charlotte ordinance was amazingly discriminatory against — especially women and girls, who no longer basically had the freedom to walk into a restroom and know that they were gonna be safe and secure in that restroom, without a man walking in or a pedophile or a predator walking into that bathroom. That’s really discriminatory if you want to talk about discrimination there.
“But I think that is their take,” Forest said, circling back to the questions about businesses. “And one in particular said, ‘Well you know, they [LGBT groups] have a really strong lobby.’ And so, I think we’re at a place — as you just said, certainly for them truth is all relative — there is no absolute truth anymore, so they can bend the rules and twist it however they want to, to push their agenda.”
And yes, this guy is in fact Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina, spouting this insanity about "no absolute truth" and women and girls being "discriminated against" by trans people for, you know, the crime of existing.
I'm getting so tired of conservative dipsticks actually having political power to make the rest of us miserable. You would think we would stop doing that, and yet very few of us give enough of a damn to try to stop these idiots.
Meanwhile, the criminalization of trans folks in NC continues.