Friday, July 22, 2016

NBA moves its All-Star Game and Mark Creech is awfully displeased

Mark Creech
The NBA is moving the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte because of its objections to the anti-gay, anti-trans law known as HB2. Much of the media is incorrect on HB2. Yes, HB2 is anti-transgender but it is more than that. HB2 removed all municipal protections (which covered most of urban North Carolina) that protected citizens from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and sexual identity.1

Rev. Mark Creech is North Carolina's senior mullah—and a rabidly anti-gay bigot. Creech is also the executive director of the Christian Action League of North Carolina. Creech has previously (and remarkably) said: “Contrary to the gossip and tale-bearing, the new law in North Carolina is not discriminatory.” I hate to say that Creech is full of shit but he has been known to stretch the truth from time to time.

These conservative Christians are determined to have the legal right to demonstrate their disapproval of certain citizens by denying them service. It is all cloaked in biblical bluster. Now the NBA is demonstrating its disapproval of them and they are mortified.

Now something wicked this way comes.
Under the direction of Adam Silver, a man who has advocated for the legalization of the evil and immoral practice of sports betting, it comes as no surprise that he now leads the NBA in a malicious scheme to score a wicked goal on North Carolina.
Actually (although irrelevant) ,Silver's position is that legalized sports betting would allow for regulation. Moving the All-Star Game is not some evil scheme. It is a deliberate action to demonstrate disapproval of North Carolina's Jim Crow II. What I find “malicious” is North Carolina passing a law that denies equal protection to LGBT citizens. What I find “wicked” is that fact that LGBT citizens can be legally denied service in public accommodations, employment and housing because of their sexuality.
It's simple despite the NBA's objections and misrepresentation of HB 2. Men shouldn't be allowed to use women's bathrooms. Women and young girls shouldn't be forced to undress or shower in the presence of men. … HB 2 overturned Charlotte's egregious ordinance which would have perpetrated these injustices on its citizens, as well as others in the state.
Transgender women are already using, and continue to use, restrooms appropriate to their identity. They largely go unnoticed. Moreover, the folks that are always screaming about states' rights don't seem to apply that concept to their own municipalities. The duly elected representatives of the people of Charlotte were nullified. Creech never addresses the fact that HB2 invalidated municipal nondiscrimination ordinances protecting gay people.
North Carolina shouldn't be daunted in its support for its lawmakers who passed the bill or it's Governor, who signed it. We should only be ashamed if we were willing to prostitute the safety of our women and children out for the approval of sports and entertainment figures and the promise of their money. We should only be ashamed if we were willing to sell America's birthright, which entitles private businesses and churches to live and work according to their peacefully held beliefs, in exchange for the NBA's mess of pottage.
Trans access accommodation do not compromise the safety of women and children. There is no evidence to support that Christianist hyperbole. Crech's diatribe is only lacking in “the South will rise again!” North Carolina will be economically and symbolically punished for as long as it institutionalizes bigotry by force of law whether Mr. Creech is ashamed or not. The NBA took a stand and there is more to come.
Make no mistake, by insisting that the common sense measure HB 2 either be repealed or amended as they require before bringing the All-Star Game to Charlotte, is not only a form of blackmail, but a decadence based in political correctness that turns true morality on its head.
Calling bigotry “common sense” doesn't make it sensible. North Carolina excluded itself from polite society. I am reasonably certain that the state's largest employers are not pleased. Merrill Lynch employs 15,000 people in Charlotte. How many of those are in same-sex marriages? They can now be legally denied service in a restaurant because of HB2. That, Mr. Creech, is “decadence.” It is morally reprehensible  irrespective of anything that comes out of Creech's book.
North Carolina should answer the NBA in the same manner Peter responded to sinful Simon Magus in Acts chapter 8 and verse 20. In so many words the Apostle said, “May your silver perish with you, because you thought something so precious and sacred could be purchased with money.”
Whatever. The NBA doesn't seem to be seeking an answer. It made a decision not to support bigotry. More to come until North Carolina affords its LGBT citizens the dignity that they deserve—and demand. North Carolina's deliberate indecency to a minority group makes them deserving of isolation. When they act decently they will be treated decently. As you sow, so shall you reap.

1 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. HB2 explicitly nullified those protections.

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