Sunday, April 24, 2016

Maggie in dissent

Maggie Gallagher
Maggie Gallagher is upset with Donald Trump. The former head and co-founder of National Organization for Marriage writes in the National Review: “When Republicans Shill for Democrats on Social Issues.” She is pissed. Come to think of it, Ms. Gallagher is going to be pissed off forever. The ultra-orthodox Catholic is never going to get over the Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell and Roe v. Wade remains the law of the land.

According to Gallagher:
…it is not clear that Trump’s decision to disappoint the pro-life movement by abandoning the strong party-platform language that pro-life advocates have worked for years to insert is actually a misstep rather than a tactical shift.

Or that Trump’s nearly simultaneous decision to throw the people of North Carolina, now under fierce attack by Hollywood and Silicon Valley, under the bus is also not intentional.

The professional political class hates social conservatism. Ana Navarro, the unfiltered voice of the Washington professional GOP, immediately tweeted her derision for the North Carolina law, saying she couldn’t imagine how to enforce the “bathroom stall police.”
That Gish Gallop reflects Maggie's frustration. Nevertheless Republicans might be coming to their senses with the realization that anti-choice religious zealots are unreasonable and irrational. For example, they expect a rape victim to carry her rapist's baby to term. A woman should be able to make a decision but that is in conflict with the Catholic Church. Maggie is smart but she is not a critical thinker. Her position on every issue is based upon the teachings of the Church.

Which brings me to North Carolina. In addition to unfairly mandating that transgender people to not have access to the facility consistent with their gender identity, the legislature nullified all of the state's municipal nondiscrimination ordinances. Gays had nondiscrimination protections throughout most of urban North Carolina. In some locales those protections were extended to include gender identity. It is the LGBT citizens of North Carolina who have been thrown under the bus. Gallagher doesn't see it that way because she is wed to the idea that it should be perfectly legal to discriminate in employment, housing and public accommodations based upon sexual orientation or sexual identity. This is a woman who thinks that sexual orientation is a choice. While she has denied it, she has made statements supporting reorientation “therapy.”

What some political professionals loathe is religious-based bigotry.  They have LGBT family members just like anyone else.

Maggie has a potential savior:
Ted Cruz once again showed he understands who is responsible. He correctly told Glenn Beck: “You’ve got the Obama Education Department suing to try to force junior highs to let teenage boys shower with teenage girls.”
Cruz is not going to be our next president. Aside from the fact that Cruz is batshit crazy his statement is incorrect. The effort is to allow transgender teenage girls to use girls' facilities. The Vatican views this as aberrant “gender theology” which dictates how Gallagher views the issue. Later on Gallagher gets closer to the truth, but not entirely:
If as a candidate for president you cannot summon the courage to say the federal government, controlled by Democrats, should not be threatening to take away the funds needed to educate your children unless you agree to let your daughters shower with transgender biological males, then, frankly, you aren’t much use in the battles that we face.
Where is the threat to the safety of the girls? I can assure Ms. Gallagher that teen-aged girls are quite familiar with male genitalia. All they have to do is Google it. I do not get it. Gallagher makes a lame attempt:
It’s not that hard to imagine how this works. When a man exposes himself in the women’s locker room at a public swimming pool in front of little girls, as this man did in Green Lakes, Wash., you call the police and he is escorted out.
That's the best that she can do. The man was a exhibitionist. There is no evidence that he is transgender. It has no relevance to the issue.
As president of the United States, when a transgender biological male wants to shower with your daughters at a local public high school, you don’t threaten to take away all federal funding for that school unless it accedes to that male’s wish to be treated like one of the girls. Sure, local schools should do their best to offer accommodations, because transgenderism is a real and serious mental issue and every child deserves an education.
“Transgenderism is a real… mental issue.” I would bet my Viagra that Maggie thinks that the way to treat gender dysphoria is is something akin to reparative therapy. In a sense the citizenry is going to make a decision about what our president should be doing. There is an election this fall. It looks like Mr. Trump and Sec. Clinton will be their party's nominees which leaves Gallagher fuming.

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