We got an interesting look at two diverse tales over the past week. Two Republican governors found themselves under pressure from the LGBT mafia, corporate interests, and bad press. One of them – Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia – caved under the pressure and vetoed a religious freedom bill that would have protected business owners and people of faith. The other – Gov. Pat McCrory of North Carolina – is standing firm against the same onslaught.
On Monday, McCrory sat down with NBC News to explain why he was not going to back away from a new state law that critics claim is discriminatory against transgender citizens. The law, which keeps cities like Charlotte from making up their own laws that expand transgender rights, has been under fire from LGBT activists, companies like IBM, and even the NBA. McCrory, demonstrating that it’s possible to remain true to one’s conservative principles even when it seems like the whole world is against you, appeared unfazed by the controversy.
“This political correctness has gone amok,” he said. McCrory told NBC that opposition to the law was nothing more than “political theater” scripted by liberal activists. “There is politically correct blackmail being directed toward some of our businesses.”
The law’s most significant effect is to ban North Carolina cities from passing ordinances that expand LGBT protections beyond those already in place at the state level. In immediate terms, this means that Charlotte’s ordinance requiring businesses to let transgender people use bathrooms matching their preferred gender is history. McCrory said that the left was trying to erase years of well-established “norms and etiquette.”
“Would you want a man to walk into your daughter’s shower and legally be able to do that because mentally they think they are of the other gender?” he asked. “I happen to disagree with that, but I’ll allow businesses to make that decision themselves.”
McCrory also said something that should become a rallying point for conservatives who are sick of major corporations defeating the will of the people with economic threats. In Georgia, Arkansas, and Indiana, religious freedoms protections were hindered when companies like Apple and Wal-Mart stepped in.
“They’re worried about a North Carolina bathroom ordinance while paying people a dollar an hour in China,” he said. “There is a little bit of corporate hypocrisy.”
Exactly this. These companies have no problem doing business with Middle Eastern countries where the penalty for homosexuality is death, but they suddenly become social-justice warriors when it comes to North Carolina. When you realize what’s really going on, McCrory’s accusation of “political theater” makes a lot of sense.