by Steve Lancaster 1/7/15
Well, it’s been a while and things here in the “land of opportunity” are going weird. This summer our City Council in an effort to brown nose the LGBT groups, (pun intended) I won’t call them a community, passed an ordinance prohibiting discrimination against the LGBT. The ordinance was conceived to cover just about everything, but in essence it would suspend all property rights of anyone who deals with the public. It was not created by committee, as is the normal form in our city, but sprang full-blown, (yep, another pun intended) on the agenda of the council and passed with only two dissenting votes. It would have forced churches to have gender-neutral restrooms and accommodations for trans-gender people even in day-care centers.
Needless to say, even in a university town this was considered a little too far to reach and as soon as it passed a petition to rescind the ordinance hit the streets almost immediately. Supported by many churches in the area, the petition gathered enough signatures and a special election called for the first week of December.
Money flowed in from San Francisco, and New York to defeat the petition, over $160,000 from one source alone. I believe the total funds the opposition groups actually spent was about $10,000, mostly contributed through churches. The vote was successful and the ordinance was overturned, in addition, two of the council members who voted for it were voted out of office in November. There is talk of a second try with the next council, but the defeat seems to have taken some of wind from the sails of the LGBT.
Fayetteville is a university town, and we have our share of crazy progressives that long to make us the Seattle of the South and they thought that this ordinance would have popular support. They were wrong, Conservatives, Libertarians, and even moderates joined together, each for their own reasons, defeated the ordinance. Interestingly, in the last 30 years the DA has not prosecuted any discrimination complaints in Fayetteville.
About the same time the Mayor of Houston Texas sent the DA after the church papers and sermons of churches that openly opposed the LGBT agenda in Houston and after much public outcry of overreach the only slightly embarrassed Mayor recanted. These and I am sure many other occurrences seem to be part of a concerted effort in the South to break into the Bible belt.
The united effort to defeat the ordinance came from religious conservatives, non-religious libertarians, even a handful of atheists and tea party conservatives. For a short period of time all of these cats marched in the same parade. We again come back to Tip O’Neil’s famous quote, “all politics is local”. It is the only way we get our country back. • (969 views)