Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Remarkably, AFA's Fischer provides important context

Bryan Fischer
Bryan Fischer is one of the reasons that American Family Association is a designated hate group. Usually I find it pointless to write about Fischer (he is in the LaBarbera-Barber-Lively-etc. Whakadoo Club). Sometime, though, he unintentionally undermines his own cause In a post titled “Which candidate will protect your daughters” AFA's spokesbigot writes:
An O'Fallon, Missouri man was arrested on April 23 after allegedly secretly filming women in a Target dressing room.

Matthew Foerstel, 26, faces felony charges for invasion of privacy in the second degree and unlawful possession of a firearm.

The Brentwood Police Department arrested Foerstel on April 23 after he allegedly held a camera phone under a dressing room door while a female shopper tried on swim suits at the Target store in Brentwood.

An officer went to Ranken Technical College to place Foerstel under arrest and reportedly found him in possession of a loaded handgun.

In 2013, Foerstel was convicted of invasion of privacy in St. Charles County for "knowingly and intentionally" filming an 11-year-old girl while she was partially nude inside a department store dressing room. Foerstel served a one year sentence for the offense in the St. Charles County Jail.
Matthew Foerstel
Matthew Foerstel
Fischer goes on to write that only Ted Cruz is a proponent of so-called bathroom bills. The problem with Fischer's logic, of course, is that none of this has anything to do with trans access. Assuming that this story is true, Mr. Foerstel (who is just a pervert) did not  gain access to the dressing room as a transgender woman. I guess that the conservative Christians are wrong again. They have been telling us that the threat to safety is confused men wearing wigs and dresses.

On Monday I also did some shopping. I went to Macy's which is two blocks from me on Meridian Avenue, just off Lincoln Road. I was trying on summer-weight pants (nothing looked quite right on the short Jew).

Like most stores there is a counter as you enter the dressing room and a person who directs you to an open stall. Unwanted garments are placed on the counter. I did not give it a second thought, until today, that the person at the counter was a woman.

The bottom line is that you go into a stall, you close the curtain, you try on your stuff and you get dressed again — all in complete privacy. If I recall correctly, the Armani A|X store on Lincoln Road has a unisex dressing room. Don't we have more important things to be concerned about?

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