February 23, 2017
Jared Woodfill, Esquire
Editor-in-Chief, CRTX News
President, Conservative Republicans of Texas
It’s time for Texas to be the “shining City (state)upon a Hill” described in Matthew 5:14. Who would have thought that we would be arguing over whether men should be allowed to enter women’s restrooms? Unfortunately, our country and state are now being inundated with the liberal left’s most recent social agenda, allowing those who are gender confused, i.e., biological males, to enter women’s public bathrooms, showers, and locker rooms under the protection of law.
When given the opportunity to vote on liberal Houston Mayor Annise Parker’s Bathroom Ordinance in Houston, Texas in 2015, voters overwhelmingly rejected the dangerous ordinance that would have allowed men into women’s bathrooms, 61% – 39%. Not surprisingly, when the people have a chance to vote on this part of the LGBTQ agenda, it is overwhelmingly rejected.
Unfortunately, the will of the people has never been an impediment to the LGBTQ liberal social agenda or radical political movement. Over the past few years we have seen the left’s bathroom agenda pushed on Houston, Plano, San Antonio, Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, and numerous school districts. In fact, President Obama tried to use the power of the federal government to allow men into women’s restrooms in our children’s schools. Imagine a 16-year-old teenage boy being allowed to enter a locker room filled with 16-year-old teenage girls, all under the protection of law. Thankfully, President Trump has refused to move forward with Obama’s attempt to remove gender identification from our schools.
In Texas, we have a bold leader, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, who has chosen to draw a line in the sand – “No Men in Women’s Bathrooms!” Patrick’s Senate Bill 6, “The Texas Privacy Act,” provides protection from something that should be common sense-men shouldn’t be allowed in women’s restrooms, showers or locker rooms. SB 6 will protect the privacy, safety and dignity of Texans.
The liberal left and radical LGBTQ activists have locked arms with the same groups we defeated in Houston in 2015. Their liberal cabal includes the Texas Association of Business, the NFL, Human Rights Campaign, ACLU, and numerous others who believe it is good for the state to allow men into women’s bathrooms, showers, and locker rooms. In fact, they have already launched a smear campaign against Patrick’s Texas Privacy Act, SB6.
Texas Association of Business Stands for Men in Women’s Bathrooms
Let’s start with the Texas Association of Business (“TAB”). You might ask why they would want men in women’s bathrooms? The answer to that question begins with an analysis of its leadership. Chris Wallace is the President of TAB. An individual’s voting record and political contributions tell you everything about his political allegiances and philosophy. Chris Wallace’s political allegiances and philosophy are demonstrated by his voting record and by his political contributions to the Texas Democrat Party to numerous Democrat candidates and to the “No Nonsense in November” PAC that opposed the Texas Constitution Marriage Amendment in 2005. Wallace has made contributions to the Texas Democrat Party, Al Gore against George Bush in 2004, Obama for America in 2008, Bill White for Governor against Gov. Abbott in 2009 and 2010, Wendy Davis against Gov. Abbott in 2014, Leticia Van de Putte against Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in 2014, and four separate contributions to the Human Rights Commission PAC in 2016. The Human Rights Commission PAC describes itself as the “largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization.” The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) PAC supports candidates who “have a solid history of support for lesbian and gay equality” (www.hrc.org<http://www.hrc.or
The TAB claims to represent over 4000 small and mid-sized businessmen’s companies. Don’t you think that most of these Texas business owners support traditional Judeo/Christian family values, Biblical marriage between a man and a woman, free enterprise capitalism, and oppose men being allowed to enter their wives’ and daughters’ bathrooms, showers and locker rooms? Wallace has demonstrated through his political contributions that he opposes these values. How can he be a spokesman for conservative businessmen?
Chris Wallace’s appointment as President of TAB seems to indicate that the TAB Board of Directors has been co-opted by liberals who oppose social conservative values. The members of the TAB Board are Gary Gibson, A.J. Rodriguez, Bob Cartwright, Dennis Knautz, Sara Tays, Gary Cook, Kelly Hall and Chris Wallace. Surely they vetted Chris Wallace before they elected him President of TAB. If they did, then what does that tell you about their political philosophy? If they didn’t, then what does that tell you about their competency?
During the 2015 Texas Legislative Session, the TAB supported the homosexual political movement in its opposition to legislation that protected Religious Freedom for Christian Pastors, which passed, and in its opposition to traditional marriage legislation.
Now Chris Wallace and the TAB oppose SB 6, The Texas Privacy Act. On its website, the TAB claims to “act in support of innovative ideas and balanced solutions that will help our state thrive.” Is the idea that men and boys should be able to enter women’s bathrooms, showers and locker rooms the TAB’s concept of “innovative ideas and balanced solutions that will help our state thrive?”
Chris Wallace and the TAB leadership are joined at the hip to the homosexual political movement in its opposition to SB 6, specifically to Equality Texas, which “works to secure full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Texans through political action.” Wallace and the TAB have exploited and abused the trust of the overwhelming number of its conservative business members.
By opposing SB 6, Wallace and the TAB are asserting that if we protect women’s privacy, it will hurt business in Texas. This means that Wallace and the TAB are willing to sacrifice our wives’ and daughters’ safety at the altar of the almighty dollar.
Oppositions Pattern of Deceipt and Fake News
TAB’s desire to promote the LGBTQ social agenda includes a pattern of deceit and “fake news.” Recently, they released a report describing the impact they believed SB6 would have on Texas, arguing billions of dollars in economic losses for Texas. However, the conclusion was ruled to be “mostly false” when checked by “Politifact.” For instance, one part of the study is based on the Super Bowl recently held in Houston on Feb. 5, 2017 being moved to another state. They fail to mention that the Super Bowl and NCAA Men’s Final Four stayed in Houston after we defeated Mayor Parker’s Bathroom Ordinance. Another bogus premise relies on research from Arizona’s immigration law which has nothing to do with men being allowed to enter women’s bathrooms. The TAB study attempts to extract numbers from positions argued by the left when Indiana’s legislature voted to allow businesses to exercise their religious liberties and not be forced to compromise their faith by participating in, among other things, homosexual unions. Specifically, the TAB report relies heavily on an Indiana legislator’s comment based on hearsay and lacks documentary support. The study concluded that the negative economic impact for Indiana was calculated at $1.5 billion. The basis for the $1.5 billion figure is from Indiana legislator, Terri Austin, who simply talked to business leaders in the state who thought Indiana may lose $1.5 billion in meetings and conventions if the legislation passed. “I talked to some of the industry professionals just to get the facts and figures so I didn’t just pull them out of thin air,” Austin said to Politico. However, she fails to identify the so-called business leaders she talked to, and fails to identify what is the basis for the $1.5-billion-dollar loss. This is the definition of “fake news.”
NFL Hijacked By The Homosexual Political Movement
Now it appears that the NFL has jumped on the liberal bandwagon. I am still shocked that the NFL believes a man should be able to enter the women’s restroom at a football game. Imagine being at an NFL game, and your teenage daughter, wife, or mother needs to use the restroom. They enter with an expectation of privacy only to find out that a six foot five, 290-pound man has entered into the stall next to them. Is this really the scenario football fans want to experience at NFL games? They clearly believe our love for sports will outweigh our sense of common decency, hoping we will ignore this backward policy.
The National Basketball Association threatened to move the annual All Star game from the home of the Charlotte Hornets if the state of North Carolina refused to make it legal for sexually confused men to enter women’s restrooms. The NBA commissioner decided to put desires of sexually confused men ahead of the safety of our wives, daughters, and mothers. Clearly they were not watching the Houston vote. North Carolina did not bow at the altar of political correctness. Instead, it held firm and the All Star game was moved to Louisiana. There the Democrat governor of Louisiana issued an executive order extending special rights for transgendered individuals-he described it as Louisiana values.
This is economic terrorism and corporate bullying, and it only works if we capitulate to their demands. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recently threatened Texans, stating that if we pass SB 6, the NFL would not hold future Super Bowls in Texas. He clearly doesn’t understand Texans. We are the “Lone Star” state-the key word being Lone. We are unafraid to stand alone and will not back down to a bully like Roger Goodell. Mr. Goddell fails to realize that Texans lead, not follow.
The NFL values of Tom Landry and Bum Phillips seem to have changed. There is some good news out of Texas. In response to Goodell’s pathetic attempt at extortion, Gov. Greg Abbott let the NFL commissioner know that his threats wouldn’t work as he issued an excellent response on his Twitter account.
Onward to Victory!
We are optimistic that SB 6 will be passed. It will take each of us standing up to the big business liberals, huge money interests, economic threats, name calling, and bullying. It is time for people of faith to stand up to the LGBTQ political movement. It is time for us to start boycotting those groups, businesses, and entities that threaten Texans with their agenda for our state. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, TAB, and the host of other liberal businesses with a liberal social agenda, seem to forget that people of faith also spend money and can direct their dollars to groups and events that share their values. One need only look at Target or Chick-fil-A to see the impact people of faith can have on a business who oppose or share their values. I believe Texas can be that shining city on a hill that is described in Matthew 5:14. We can be a light in the darkness. We can send a strong message to the nation – “No Men in Women’s Bathrooms!”
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