The latest newsletter from Texas State Board of Education member Ken Mercer, whose district covers San Antonio:
Of particular concern, the non-discrimination ordinance, know as NDO, includes the new politically correct term “gender identity.” Gender identity means “a gender-related identity, appearance, expression or behavior of an individual, regardless of the individual’s assigned sex at birth.”
Eighteen months ago, Liberty Counsel defended Natalie Johnson, a young African-American female employee of a San Antonio Macy’s store. She was terminated for refusing to allow a male to have continued access to a female dressing room. Even though Johnson cited her religious beliefs and values, Macy’s management claimed she discriminated against the biological male customer on the basis of gender identity.
Do city council members believe: “If he says he is woman, he is a woman and should be allowed access to female-only facilities?” If the NDO passes, child molesters and sexual deviants will love this ordinance.
By the way, there is a new gender identity being promoted by the far left defined as Minor Attracted Persons (MAP). MAP supporters believe it is politically incorrect to use terms such as “child molester,” “pedophile,” “child predator,” or “pervert.” Instead MAP’s goal is to normalize and decriminalize pedophilia. May God help our children.
If the ordinance passes, San Antonio will have to issue a special “travel advisory” to parents of junior-high daughters who come here to participate in volleyball or basketball tournaments:
“Warning: Biological males with gender identify issues will be
allowed in the girls’ bathroom, locker rooms, and/or showers.”
.....Read the whole thing here.
Again, the words of the NDO may change, but the original intent is clear, it is terribly discriminatory, criminalizing religious beliefs. This is a direct attack on religion and upon men and women of faith who believe in traditional marriage who, under this ordinance, would be branded as “haters.”
The NDO is an outrageous attack on religious freedom – a freedom which is guaranteed by our United States Constitution. Let me close with this statement from United States Senator Ted Cruz:
“Any attempt to bar an individual from public service based on a personal religious conviction is contrary to the liberties guaranteed us under our Constitution and should be emphatically opposed. It is encouraging to see so many Texans standing up to defend their religious freedoms in light of the misguided proposal put forth by the local city council.”