Since the North Carolina General Assembly passed HB 2, my beloved state has had its name maligned about as bad as calling a virgin a whore. The state has certainly been as innocent.By the liberal media and “corporate elites:”
But who is interested in the truth when a leftist media, celebrities, sports organizations, and various corporate entities are crying out, "bigot," "hater," "homophobe," etc. When you sling mud it sticks. It doesn't have to be true. …North Carolina is neither innocent nor the victim of a smear. To further Christian interests (what? you think this has a secular basis?) its citizens can now discriminate against LGBT citizens without consequence. Creech is wed to lies of omission and deception:
Contrary to the gossip and tale-bearing, the new law in North Carolina is not discriminatory. In fact, it established a state-wide anti-discrimination policy every bit as strong as the federal government's. It did nothing to take away existing protections in state law. And it provided that private businesses can still offer reasonable accommodations for transgender people.For the record (and I am repeating myself), prior to the enactment of the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act (HB2), the counties of Buncombe, Mecklenburg, and Orange as well as the cities of Asheville and Charlotte, Boone, Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Greensboro, and Raleigh prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The counties of Durham and Guilford along with the cities of Bessemer, Durham, High Point and Winston-Salem prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
Those protections were in place in the large urban areas that constitute a huge swath of North Carolina's population. It is now legal, throughout North Carolina, for a public accommodation to refuse service to a gay or transgender person because of their sexuality. It is now legal, throughout North Carolina, to discriminate in housing and employment on the basis of sexual orientation or sexual identity. I call a law that removed those nondiscrimination protections discriminatory per se.
Quoting Governor McCrory, Creech writes:
“However, the HRC remains silent while the same individuals and organizations sell their products, make their products or take entertainment dollars from countries like China, Cuba, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Singapore — countries with deplorable human rights records, especially towards the gay and lesbian community.”Except that HRC is an American concern. Like HRC, the individuals and organizations that McCrory is talking about are citizens of, or headquartered in, the United States; not China, Cuba, Russia, Saudi Arabia, or Singapore. Moreover, Creech is a theocrat. Given his way, America would look a lot more like Singapore or Saudi Arabia.
Creech then quotes John Rustin, president of the North Carolina Family Policy Council:
While I am sure that a handful of Fortune 1000 corporate executives are personally supportive of HRC's agenda, I fully expect others feel pressured and compelled to act in order to avoid getting a black mark beside their company's name in the Corporate Equality Index and being targeted for boycotts and other forms of retaliation … it is not only the omission of internal pro-LGBT corporate policies, benefits and culture that can result in retribution against a business, but it is also a failure by corporate executives and others to demonstrate 'public support for LGBT equality under the law through local, state or federal legislation and initiatives.If there is a conspiracy theory, Creech will find it. Rustin runs a non-profit with five employees (including Rustin) and an annual budget under $500 thousand. He hasn't the first clue about the importance of a diverse workforce as part of the ability to attract the very best talent. A business may make widgets but it runs on people. When a state creates an impediment to diversity it makes doing business in that state considerably more difficult. North Carolina has created an impediment.
Creech's operation is even smaller. His budget is under $200 thousand and he employs two people (including himself). Yet these people seem to think that they know something about running a multi-billion-dollar-multi-national corporation. Give me a fucking break!