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Bathroom Wars
Breakpoint ^ | June 6, 2008 | Chuck Colson

Posted on 06/11/2008 10:54:22 AM PDT by Fichori

Bathroom Wars

By Chuck Colson
6/6/2008
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Three months ago, I told you about a new law in Montgomery County, Maryland, that demands co-ed locker rooms and restrooms in all public accommodations. The law was intended to accommodate “transgendered people”—that is, men who say they perceive themselves to be women, and women who claim they consider themselves men. I said, at the time, that we would see extremists in other jurisdictions attempting to pass similar laws. And that is exactly what is happening.

Last week, Colorado’s legislature passed—and Gov. Bill Ritter signed—a law that will open all public accommodations, including public restrooms, to anyone who wants to use them. That means men may use a women’s restroom, and women may enter men’s rooms. The rationale for Senate Bill 200 is that transgenders should be able to use the restroom they feel most comfortable using. Apparently, it is not important if others feel uncomfortable having their privacy violated every time they use public facilities.

The lack of privacy is not the only problem. Nobody is going to ask a man if he is trangendered before allowing him into the ladies’ room. This means any man—including a child molester—could simply follow a little girl into the privacy of a public restroom. And, if a man decided to expose himself to a young girl there, who is she going to complain to? After all, restrooms, by definition, are places where one exposes the private parts of one’s body.

Men will have even less privacy, because they often do not use stalls.

Appalling as this law is, it gets worse. Tom Minnery of Focus on the Family points out, in the Denver Post, that the law also threatens religious liberty: Colorado’s “public accommodations” law includes not only hotels and restaurants, but also any small or home-based business that offers “goods or services” to the public.

And, as we have seen before, radicals go out of their way to target Christian businesses. As Minnery notes, in Albuquerque, a Christian couple who operate a photography studio politely declined, on religious grounds, to photograph a lesbian “commitment ceremony.” For this exercise of their First Amendment rights, the couple were forced to appear before New Mexico’s human rights commission and fined more than $6,600. Now, if you dare to deny a transgendered “man” access to the women’s room, you can be prosecuted under criminal laws and spend up to a year in jail. It is an outrage.

The American people are not asking for new bathroom laws. The truth is, this is an effort—by a small but radical minority—to use the force of law to punish anyone backward enough to believe there are only two sexes: male and female. The true goal behind the law is the radical remaking of our society—one in which faithful Christians, Muslims, and Jews will be punished for their beliefs.

Are you disgusted enough? Good. If you live in Colorado, get to work putting an initiative on the November ballot. That is what citizens of Montgomery County, Maryland, did. And the rest of us better stay on our guard, keeping an eye on our own lawmakers.

In a free country, nobody has the right to tell us what to believe—or to punish us for putting our First Amendment rights into practice. And, yes, there are men and women who deserve privacy, no matter who tells us there are no differences between the sexes.

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For Further Reading and Information

Tom Minnery, “Proposed Anti-Bias Law would open a Pandora’s Box,” Denver Post, 23 May 2008.

BreakPoint Commentary No. 080305, “Not My Shower: Breaking Biological Barriers.”

Bob Unruh, “Pass the Towels! Plans for Coed Locker Rooms,” Worldnetdaily.com, 2 November 2007.

Bob Unruh, “Coed Locker Rooms given Green Light,” Worldnetdaily.com, 14 November 2007.

Bob Unruh, “ ‘Coed Locker Rooms’ Spark Citizen Backlash,” Worldnetdaily.com, 11 December 2007.

Anne Morse, “Social Chastity Belts,” The Point, 9 April 2008.

John Ingold, “Ritter Signs Controversial Anti-Discrimination Bill,” Denver Post, 29 May 2008.

Ross Kaminsky, “Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter Signs Transgender Bill,” Human Events, 3 June 2008.

Urge Colorado governor to veto Senate Bill 200: “Take Action on Colorado Senate Bill 200.”



TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Colorado; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: billritter; celebrateperversity; colson; culturewar; heshes; homosexualagenda; montgomerycounty; unisex
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Brings a whole new meaning to the term public restrooms, doesn't it?
1 posted on 06/11/2008 10:54:22 AM PDT by Fichori
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To: Fichori

Why do they continue to make laws for less than .01% of the population?


2 posted on 06/11/2008 10:59:12 AM PDT by Havok (MOLON LABE!!!!)
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To: Fichori
We are rapidly turning into Europe. This country is truly on the downhill slide, and we don't have a political party in place that will stop it.
3 posted on 06/11/2008 11:00:33 AM PDT by Major Matt Mason (We need a new, conservative party to get back to a two-party system.)
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To: Fichori

Is that the man wearing the dress and the gal wearing the pants? Looks like Future Shock and Brave New World as well as the Last Days are here.


4 posted on 06/11/2008 11:01:28 AM PDT by Jim 0216
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To: Fichori

Go to any sporting event in the country and you will see women using mens restrooms. Heck, I even saw a woman peeing in a sink in a men’s restroom at a Steeler game.


5 posted on 06/11/2008 11:06:00 AM PDT by steel_resolve (We are living in the post-rational world where being a moron is an asset)
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To: Major Matt Mason

We are a country going completely mad. Having a national nervous breakdown...


6 posted on 06/11/2008 11:06:05 AM PDT by Russ (Repeal the 17th amendment)
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To: Fichori
Gotta tell you ...

At Belmont on Saturday, in the Clubhouse at least, there was apparently no water pressure in the women's restroom. (Don't know why it was just the women's room but it was.) Sooner or later, the women started using the guys' facilities and really it was no big deal, at least from this guy's perspective.

ML/NJ

7 posted on 06/11/2008 11:07:32 AM PDT by ml/nj
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To: Fichori

I am most comfortable in the women’s locker room.

WOOHOO!!! I love this law.


8 posted on 06/11/2008 11:12:08 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: steel_resolve
Go to any sporting event in the country and you will see women using mens restrooms. Heck, I even saw a woman peeing in a sink in a men’s restroom at a Steeler game.

Enact protection for inebriation now!!!!

9 posted on 06/11/2008 11:12:08 AM PDT by ljco (I think the best possible social program is a job. - The Gipper)
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To: Fichori

If A “trans” thinks he’s a woman but his dna says he is in fact a man, Isn’t that fraud?


10 posted on 06/11/2008 11:14:28 AM PDT by devistate one four (Nam 67-68)
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To: ml/nj

When a woman has got to go, she will barge into the Men’s Room and she’ll tell you to get out. Don’t even think about it being the other way around. What I find incredulous is that the government has determined that it is reasonable for a man to say “It’s okay, I have a mental problem” when a woman screams at his nakedness in the Locker Room at the Gym.


11 posted on 06/11/2008 11:15:25 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: devistate one four

Oh now there ya’ go...driving them to suicide. It’s bad enough there are doctors who would advise them to get their Prostrate checked when everyone knows women don’t have one.


12 posted on 06/11/2008 11:18:39 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Fichori
I remember when the ERA was up for ratification, opponents said it would lead to unisex bathrooms and to same-sex marriages. Thank goodness the ERA didn't get ratified. <smirk>
13 posted on 06/11/2008 11:18:43 AM PDT by megatherium
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To: AppyPappy; ml/nj

I may be wrong, but neither of you really strike me as being the dad’s of daughters.


14 posted on 06/11/2008 11:19:07 AM PDT by Fichori (I'm always getting spam advertising drugs and replica watches; Who do they think I am, a gangster?)
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To: massgopguy
It’s bad enough there are doctors who would advise them to get their Prostrate checked when everyone knows women don’t have one.

At least men can get breast cancer. (That's true, actually.)

15 posted on 06/11/2008 11:20:08 AM PDT by megatherium
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To: Fichori

But we have a sense of humor


16 posted on 06/11/2008 11:21:07 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Fichori
We have to put an initiative in the ballot here in the Colorado to send our pervert loving Governor and the liberal Democrats who run the statehouse here a message. We believe in two separate sexes and traditional values!

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

17 posted on 06/11/2008 11:23:19 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: steel_resolve

You’ve come a long way ,Baby!


18 posted on 06/11/2008 11:24:59 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus (( commander of the simian host))
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To: Havok
Why do they continue to make laws for less than .01% of the population?

With a small, coed restroom available (one person at a time) they can go to the bathroom in privacy.

Actually, that law helps the rest of us.

Do you want them in your bathroom next to you or in your wife's bathroom next to her?

19 posted on 06/11/2008 11:25:09 AM PDT by Polybius
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To: Fichori

It will make it easier for pervs and rapists to hang out in the women’s room.

But I guess women’s safety and privacy are miniscule matters when it comes to accomdating a few freaks.


20 posted on 06/11/2008 11:25:42 AM PDT by lazypadawan
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