FPIW Signs Letter Urging Congress to Respond to Obama Overreach

 

Recently, the Obama Administration mandated a new policy, aimed at cracking down on “discrimination” in public schools.  The decree states that, because it is discriminatory to maintain policies that segregate boys and girls from school locker rooms, showers, and bathrooms, and any school found to discriminate against students is subject to removal of federal funding.

This move has met fierce resistance nationally, from parents and students alike, even prompting a group of Medford, Oregon students to skip school in protest.

The Family Policy Institute of Washington has signed onto a letter to Congressional leadership asking them to respond swiftly to the Obama Administration’s overreach.  The letter asks Congress to:

  • Formally oppose the mandate
  • Side with states, families, and schools in litigation
  • Hold hearings and summon the Department of Education and Department of Justice
  • Draft legislation that reins in the DOE/DOJ’s overreach, and hold a vote quickly

FPIW joins a long list of other organizations in signing the letter, which you can read in its entirety here.

Add your name to the list of people telling President Obama to mind his own bathroom!

Read the Obama Administration’s Mandate Letter to Public Schools

 

The Obama Administration has sent a letter mandating all public schools in the United States change their locker room, shower, and bathroom policies to allow entry to anyone, based only on how the individual identifies or expresses their gender internally, and not based upon their biological status.  This mandate also extends to sports teams.

This means that any boy can enter the girls locker room or showers, so long as he claims internally to feel like a girl, or vice versa. Simply claiming that one feels like a female is now sufficient proof to allow unrestricted access to these private places where girls will be in various states of dress and undress.

You can read the full letter here.

Sign our petition to tell President Obama to mind his own bathroom!

Target’s Stock Plummets as Boycott Crosses 1 Million People

 

Target’s corporate stock has plummeted significantly this week, after a petition to boycott the store crossed 1 million signatures.

The petition and subsequent boycotts are a result of Target’s corporate campaign to open up bathrooms and changing rooms in their stores based on internal gender identity rather than biological anatomy.  The new policy has sparked concern that predators will use the store’s policy to target others, specifically women, by claiming that they feel like a woman on the inside.

Target knew this new policy was a risk.  Last April, a biological man was arrested after allegedly secretly filming a woman trying on bathing suits in a Target dressing room in Missouri.  This story was repeated on May 5th, 2016 in Frisco, Texas.

Recent polls have shown that Americans’ feelings towards open-bathroom policies have hardened significantly in the month of April, with support for the open-bathrooms concept falling by more than 20 percentage points.

Amid the turmoil surrounding the new policy and the immediate abuse of it in Missouri, the company’s stock fell from $84.10 per share on April 19 to roughly $79.36 as of Friday morning. That loss of $4.74 per share, if constant, would represent a corporate loss of over $2.5 billion.

The petition (you can sign it here) represents far more than just the one million people who have signed it.  Not included in that number are the dependent consumers of those signers — mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, and children — whose sustenance will no longer be found at Target.  It represents the thousands of people who no longer have an interest in holding Target’s stock in their investment portfolio.

Most importantly, the petition represents the vast majority of Americans who are uncomfortable with trading their family’s safety and privacy for a politically-correct solution to a problem that didn’t previously exist.

Stand with FPIW to defeat this bad policy in Washington, once and for all.

The New Fad is Equality: NBA’s All-Star Ultimatum

 

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s recent ultimatum to the State of North Carolina was a very calculated move.

Expressing his dissatisfaction with the state’s efforts to make bathrooms and locker rooms safer, Silver sat down with Mike & Mike in the Morning to discuss, among other things, the NBA’s future plans in North Carolina.

He delivered a not-so-thinly-veiled threat to the state: lose the “discriminatory” law, or lose the 2017 All-Star Game.

Sports teams and leagues regularly employ this tactic when trying to achieve a desired outcome.  In 2014, the NFL threatened to remove the Super Bowl from Arizona if then-Governor Jan Brewer didn’t veto the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.  She did. And through Governor Brewer’s weakness, the NFL — and every other corporate interest — learned that all they needed to do was bark really loudly and they’d eventually get what they wanted.

So why does a league like the NFL or NBA, composed almost entirely of heterosexual players, followed predominantly by heterosexual fans, care so much about “equality”?

Here’s one theory: they may not.

During the eco-friendly revolution of the 2000’s, dozens of companies jumped on board with the green movement.  While some of these companies undoubtedly had an interest in helping the environment, others knew that, if messaged properly, the American consumer would be more likely to do business with “green” companies than “non-green” companies.  As a result, more than half of the world’s consumers will choose to buy a product from a company with a green reputation, even if it costs them more.

It’s simple consumer psychology: create a favorable image in the heart of the consumer – let them feel as though their purchase changes the world for the better – and you’ll gain customers for life.

Enter again, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.

Despite the fact that at least 59 percent of Americans believe that a person should use the facilities that correspond to their biological sex, 82 percent of American consumers are more likely to do business with companies that are sympathetic to the LGBT cause.

Like many corporations, the NBA’s sudden love for “equality” is highly predictable.  By messaging properly, they can win dollars from those sympathetic to the LGBT cause, while simultaneously using North Carolina as a free platform for advertising for their “inclusive” brand.  All they have to do is pretend to care.

The NBA’s ultimatum to the State of North Carolina is an experiment in power.  The NBA knows that cancelling the All-Star game would only hurt small businesses — restaurants, bars, and hotels — owned by the ordinary Americans who buy tickets to see basketball games in the first place.  Not to mention the millions of dollars it would cost the league to cancel its plans and move elsewhere.  They’ll never do it.

Governor McCrory and other North Carolinians should call the NBA’s bluff.

North Carolina extended the invitation to the NBA to host the game in the first place, and if corporations like the NBA care more about making money than they value privacy and safety, then they deserve to be uninvited to the party.  When it comes to changing law, the only power that the NBA holds is that which the state and the people of North Carolina give to it.

For many corporations, sudden solidarity with the LGBT movement is a business decision.  If large corporations like the NBA can use an already-established political movement to successfully shake down a state government, then they can achieve exactly the business environment they want without ever paying lobbyists a thin dime.

Whether or not North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory capitulates on the NBA’s ultimatum may forever determine whether or not the sovereignty of states will be controlled by threats from corporate interests.

This sudden popularity of LGBT programming — and the supposed unwavering support offered by some of the corporate world — is probably nothing more than a business forecast of the American consumer.  In their estimation, companies like Apple, Facebook, and the NBA are simply anticipating — like the green revolution — that the next fad is equality.

And you can bet your last penny that they won’t leave a dollar behind.

ESPN Fires Curt Schilling for Personal Views on Transgenderism

 

ESPN has fired baseball analyst and former World Series Championship Pitcher Curt Schilling after he posted an image to his personal Facebook page that the company deemed as insensitive towards transgendered people.

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ESPN Baseball Analyst Curt Schilling was fired after sharing this image on his personal Facebook account.

The image, at right, was shared by Schilling in response to the sweeping wave of states attempting to open locker rooms, bathrooms, and showers to individuals based on their internal gender identity or gender expression rather than their biological sex.

“There are things I have deeply held beliefs in, things I have that are core to who I am, things I am passionate about. If you ask me about them it’s likely I’ll give you a passionate answer,” Schilling wrote in a statement following his firing.

“Whether you like that answer or not is completely up to you. I am not going to give you answers to make sure you like what I say, let the rest of the insecure world do that.”

Schilling, who is known to be outspoken, is the second high-profile case of view-based employment discrimination to take place this month.  Last week, Georgia Department of Health Employee Eric Walsh was fired after the agency uncovered sermons of Walsh preaching messages against homosexuality at his church.

In Washington, the effort to maintain safety and privacy in locker rooms, bathrooms, and showers, is under way.  The Just Want Privacy Campaign has been launched to protect privacy and safety in Washington State.  Click here to join the campaign!

Sex Offender Led North Carolina LGBT Bathroom Ordinance Efforts

 

In late 2015, the Washington State Human Rights Commission quietly put forward a new rule requiring all public establishments to grant locker room, shower, and bathroom access to any individual, at any time, regardless of that individual’s biological realities.  The rule, which also curbed concerned citizens’ legal ability to ask “unwelcome questions” of an individual if they felt uncomfortable, has since been attempted in various forms and fashions in cities and states across the country.

When the Charlotte, N.C. City Council passed their version of the open-facilities ordinance earlier this year, the Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce led the charge to make it happen.

And leading the Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce was convicted sex-offender Chad Sevearance-Turner.

The Spartanburg Herald-Journal reported that Chad Sevearance-Turner had been a youth minister at a church in Gaffney, South Carolina.  Sevearance-Turner was charged and convicted for “committing or attempting a lewd act upon a child under 16,” after taking advantage of a teenage church member while the child slept.

He recently resigned from the LGBT Chamber of Commerce after his record as a sex-offender surfaced.

While we know that not every person in gender transition is a sex offender, acting as though sex offenders do not exist in the LGBT ranks is an ignorant mistake.

In January, FPIW reported the story of Johanna Wolf, a Washington-based transgender activist and very vocal supporter of our Washington’s open-locker rooms policy.  Wolf, prior to claiming womanhood and changing names, was known as Jonathan Adrian Wolf.

Jonathan Adrian Wolf was charged and convicted for the rape of a minor female in Nebraska in 2006.

By virtue of involvement in the efforts to keep Washington’s open-bathroom rule in place, sex offenders like Wolf want unmitigated access to women’s locker rooms, showers, and bathrooms.

After being convicted of raping women.

Sex predators are always on the lookout for an easy, low-risk opportunity to take advantage of victims, and we must not provide it to them.

Washingtonians have known from the beginning that this rule would only bring harm to innocent people. The University of Toronto, one of the first institutions to put this sort of policy in place, completely reversed its decision after biologically male students were caught “holding their cellphones over female students’ shower stalls and filming them as they showered.”

Not taking into account the damages that the loss of privacy causes, people of both sexes deserve better than to wonder if the man dressed in a dress is there for legitimate purposes or if they are there to take photos of them showering over the stall.

Locker rooms, showers, and bathroom facilities exist to protect privacy during vulnerable times.  They should not be the laboratory for a social experiment gone awry.

If you’re on board with FPIW and maintaining sanity on issues like this, please consider amplifying that message by partnering with us financially.

How You Can Help in North Carolina

 

Common sense can get you in a lot of trouble these days!

Gov. Pat McCrory of North Carolina is under a lot of pressure from activists on the left — all because he signed a bill into law that protects women and children from being forced to share bathrooms with men. The widely-supported N.C. law stops men from going into women’s restrooms, showers, and locker rooms, and it stopped a dangerous bathroom ordinance in Charlotte — similar to the law Houston voters resoundingly defeated at the polls last year — from going into effect.

In response, the Governors of WashingtonNew York, and Connecticut have banned state travel to North Carolina, and the NBA has threatened to move the 2017 All-Star game out of Charlotte.

Right now, it is important to join with our friends in North Carolina, and to honor Governor Pat McCrory for doing the right thing.

Check out Governor McCrory’s strong stand for common sense when it comes to bathrooms: (Watch here)

Will you join common sense conservatives across the country as we support and thank Governor McCrory?

Here’s how you can quickly and easily help us thank Governor McCrory:

  1. Call his officeto say ‘THANK YOU!’ for signing a common-sense privacy bill into law: 919-814-2000
  2. Send a ‘Thank You’ Postcard! People in every state are coming together to send thank you postcards to North Carolina Governor McCrory. It’s really easy to send. Just go to CitizenLink’s Action Center and fill out the form for the back of the postcard. Tell Gov. McCrory that any state that stands up for safety and privacy is a state you want to visit. We’ve included a sample message for convenience.  CLICK HERE to send your thank you postcard!
  3. Send Gov. McCrory a FB messageHERE to let him know that you and your family stand with NC!
  4. Tweet a thank youto him: Thanks @PatMcCroryNC for protecting safety & privacy in your state! Can’t wait to visit! CLICK HERE to send this tweet.

Thank you for standing with us, and with our friends in North Carolina! 

Obama Administration Threatens to Cut Funding from North Carolina

Several Obama administration officials have announced that their respective agencies are reviewing whether or not to strip federal funding from North Carolina.

This action follows the legislature’s passage of a new law protecting women and children from predators in locker rooms, showers, and bathrooms.  Administration officials who have spoken out against the new law, which was signed into law by North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, say that the new law could make North Carolina ineligible for federal funds, and have launched investigations to make that determination.

Speaking in Charlotte last week, Transportation Secretary and North Carolina-native Anthony Foxx said that the U.S. Department of Transportation is reviewing whether or not to remove $1 billion in annual funding to North Carolina, adding that he finds the new law to be, “really disappointing.”

U.S. Department of Education Spokeswoman Dorie Nolt said that the Department of Education has started a review as well, putting $4.3 billion in federal funding on the line. “We will not hesitate to act if students’ civil rights are being violated,” she said.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has launched a similar evaluation. “We’re reviewing the effects of the law on HUD funding allocated for North Carolina,” said Cameron French, a department spokesman.

Governor Pat McCrory has repeatedly reassured North Carolinians that the state’s federal funds are not in any danger, but attempts to strip the state of federal funding are an obvious attempt by the Obama Administration to bully North Carolina — and other states who make decisions for the benefit of their state — back into submission.

A legal memo released Tuesday by the Alliance Defending Freedom backs up Governor McCrory’s claim. “Under current law, neither states nor school districts will lose Title IX funding for enacting laws and policies that require students to use the restrooms and locker rooms of their biological sex,” the memo states, adding that “no school district, university, or state has ever lost Title IX funding.”  Title IX’s regulations clearly state that “[a] recipient may provide separate toilet, locker room, and shower facilities on the basis of sex” [1].

North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest said that he is “confident that we will continue to receive this federal money despite the threats from a few in Washington, D.C.”

This isn’t the first time that the Obama Administration has used federal money to achieve policy changes on a local level.  In Illinois, the Administration achieved the policy it wanted after it threatened to withhold federal dollars from a school district when it didn’t allow a student who was biologically male to enter the female facilities.

We stand with North Carolina and Governor Pat McCrory in their efforts to keep safety and privacy at the center of state policy.

North Carolina is just one of several states — including Washington — who are grappling with the issue of open-locker rooms. The Just Want Privacy campaign has been established to make sure that women and children don’t become victims of bad public policy, and are working hard to give Washingtonians a voice on this issue come November.  If you support safety and common sense in locker rooms, showers, and bathrooms, please consider lending your efforts to the campaign.

[1] 34 C.F.R. § 106.33

North Carolina Takes a Stand for Bathroom Privacy

Finally, someone is standing up to the bully.

Last week the the North Carolina General Assembly convened a one-day special session to pass a law protecting privacy in locker rooms and bathrooms. In doing so, they repealed an ordinance in the city of Charlotte that would, among other things, allow men access to women’s locker rooms and bathrooms if they declared themselves to be a woman.

In response, the left has done what the left does best—be outraged.

Big businesses issued threats refusing to do business in North Carolina and Governors have issued travel bans.

But why are they hysterical?  They are hysterical because, lately, hysterics have worked.

First, Republican Governor Mike Pence surrendered to the bully in Indiana when he revoked religious liberty protections for his state under threat that businesses would decline to do business with them.

Last month, Republican Governor Dennis Daugaard from South Dakota vetoed legislation that required schools to maintain separate locker rooms and bathrooms for boys and girls because…discrimination…and we won’t take your money anymore if you do.

Just this week, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal vetoed a very modest religious freedom protection bill applying to pastors and religious non-profits under threats from Hollywood and big business to cease dealings in the state of Georgia.

The trifecta of Pence, Daugaard, and Deal seem to be reinforcing the stereotype that the only thing Republican’s care about is money.

These disappointments are part of what makes the common-sense, yet surprisingly heroic stand by North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory so remarkable.

Despite the backlash, he still has the courage to say (not just whisper) that it is okay to require the boys and the girls to have separate showering areas.  He even seems to be having some fun exposing their hypocrisy.  And another important point; he’s surviving.

A challenge has been filed claiming that, among other things, having boys and girls locker rooms violates the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution.

That’s right ladies and gentlemen, they are now in court arguing that the amendment created to end slavery and institutionalized racism had buried within it the right for people with a penis to undress in the presence of little girls.

Sweet, sweet progress.

It just so happens that North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper is refusing to defend his state’s new law, despite being statutorily required to do so.

Some of us may still remember that Kim Davis was sent to jail because she declined to sign same-sex marriage licenses out of moral conviction despite a legal duty to do so.

The left was very sure that Kim Davis needed to be dealt with harshly because, if government officials could decline to perform legally required job functions for moral reasons, then all manner of chaos would ensue.

Their strong, strong commitment to the rule of law is what compels them to now call for Mr. Cooper to resign his position as Attorney General in North Carolina.

Or not.

The NFL is trying to throw its self-righteous weight around as well.

Atlanta is currently under consideration to host the Super Bowl in 2019.  However, during the debate over Georgia’s religious freedom bill, the NFL threatened to remove Atlanta from consideration unless Gov. Deal vetoed.

What the NFL either didn’t know or didn’t bother to say is that the other two cities under consideration for 2019, Tampa Bay and New Orleans, are in states with much stronger religious freedom protections than the ones they claim to be outraged by in Georgia.

Perhaps Cuba will be a better location. That seemed to be what New York Governor Andrew Cuomo implied when he banned state travel to North Carolina in protest of their bathroom privacy law despite recently taking a trip to the tropical, island dictatorship.

Regardless, the probability of this being nothing more than political grandstanding is very high.

After all, the Syracuse University basketball team (from Syracuse, New York) played last weekend in the Final Four in Houston, Texas where just last November, voters approved—by 61%—the same law that is now generating faux outrage in North Carolina.

Not wanting to let Gov. Cuomo grandstand alone, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has called for a ban on “non-essential” (if it’s not essential, why are you doing it?) state travel to North Carolina as well, despite hosting the President of China last fall and flying the Communist Chinese flag on the capitol grounds.

This is the same China that has, for generations, used systematic abortion to enforce a one-child policy that they have only recently eased up on. They now allow most parents to have two children.

It is also the same China that has approximately 500,000 prisoners who have never been charged or tried, has incarcerated 15,000 people for “endangering internet security”, and arrested at least 220 human rights lawyers.

Speaking of China, that same NFL who claims to be too good for Atlanta is making plans to play regular season games in China as early as 2018.

This is the same NFL that was recently found to have illegally withheld $120 million from its players, and allows Greg Hardy (who did this to his girlfriend) to be one of their players.

But they’re too pure for Georgia.

The radical left will be who they are.  They will overreact, fake indignation, and threaten those who disagree with them.

But the fact is, they can do less than most of us fear unless we’re simply afraid of mean tweets.

When it’s all said and done, all these entities that are currently talking tough will ultimately do what’s in their best interest and it will be in everyone’s best interest to just move on.  We deal with people we disagree with all the time and we’re all better for it.

There are thirty-three states with laws just like North Carolina’s.

Are Microsoft, Apple and others going to stop doing business there?  No

Is the NFL going to restrict all its franchises to California, Washington, and New York? Of course not.

The Syracuse University Basketball team went to Houston just as they should—because everyone forgot about Houston.

A bully will always have just as much power as you give them.  The more you appease, the more they will bully.

Lately, we’ve been giving them a lot of power because we’ve had too many Pences, Daugaards, and Deals and not enough McCrorys.

As of today, Gov. McCrory is a coalition of one.

But he is in the process of proving that once you say no to the bully, the bully loses his power.  And defeating the bully isn’t important simply on principle.

In New York, you can now be fined up to $250,000 for using the wrong pronoun.  If the bully can force you to refer to a man as a woman, you’re not free in any real sense.

You’re just waiting for your next set of orders.

But thanks to Governor McCrory, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. North Carolina will continue to be a great state and people from New York will continue to move there because of it.  Sorry, Governor Cuomo.

Once he proves that you can stare down the bully and survive, others will follow his lead because, deep down, we know it’s the right thing to do anyway.   After all, everyone likes Churchill better than Chamberlain.

North Carolina Governor Under Attack for Protecting Women and Children

 

When North Carolina’s Governor, Pat McCrory, signed House Bill 2 into law, he knew that it would bring on a fight.

The bill, which was drafted and passed in an emergency session following the Charlotte city council’s vote to open bathrooms and locker rooms based on internal identification, was passed by both chambers and sent to the Governor’s desk for signature.  It was signed without hesitation.

Since it’s passage, the CEO’s of over 80 companies, including Apple, Facebook, and Charlotte-based Bank of America have signed onto a letter urging reversal of the law, claiming that the new law that seeks to protect safety and keep proper order in public locker rooms and bathrooms is, “bad for business.”  Several governors and mayors from around the United States have banned travel to the state until the law is reversed. The NBA has insinuated that it might pull its 2017 All-Star Game from the state.

But Governor Pat McCrory insists that the law does not remove any protections for those who choose to live as another gender, and has, to this point, remained steadfast in making sure the law protecting North Carolinians remains in effect.

Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and several other LGBT advocacy organizations filed a federal lawsuit against Governor McCrory, also naming North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper as a defendant in the suit, claiming that the new law violates the rights of transgendered people.

Subsequently, Attorney General Cooper said that he would not defend North Carolina’s new law, violating the oath he swore when entering office.

I, Roy Cooper, do solemnly swear that I will well and truly serve the State of North Carolina in the office of Attorney General. I will, in the execution of my office, endeavor to have the criminal laws fairly and impartially administered, so far as in me lies, according to the best of my knowledge and ability; so help me, God.

Attorney General Roy Cooper is planning to run against Governor McCrory in his reelection campaign this fall.

North Carolina Family Policy Council President John Rustin called the lawsuit “an appalling and inexcusable effort to supersede common sense laws in North Carolina.”  The group says that, if the lawsuit effort is successful, Charlotte’s nonsensical ordinance could be applied not just in Charlotte, but statewide.

Following filing of the lawsuit, Governor McCrory released this video to residents of North Carolina:

FPIW stands with the North Carolina Family Policy Council, Governor Patrick McCrory, and all North Carolinians in their quest to protect women and children from men in locker rooms.  You can follow the efforts to defeat this dangerous ruling in Washington by visiting the Just Want Privacy Campaign.

FPIW’s citizen training program, Olympia 101, has a few spots left for this Friday’s citizen training program.  Sign up to learn how to better engage in good public policy in our state!