Religious Liberty Under Assault in the Name of Transgender Bathroom Access in Houston

Fri, Oct 17, 2014 - 4:21pm

I finally realized the core of what has been bothering me about what's happening in America lately - how Ebola is being mishandled, the idea that more debt is the path to prosperity, the never ending parade of PC lynch mobs ready to destroy someone's career or livelihood for not holding the proper opinion.

Our very reality is under assault.

What is happening to America when, in Texas, pastors' sermons were being subpoenaed because the Houston mayor wants to allow biological men who simply say they are women to use women's bathroom and locker room facilities?!

This is America. (Or was.) We have a right to have an opinion about something without being harassed by the law. That includes the right to offensive, unpopular, politically incorrect opinions.

This includes the right to the opinion that transgenderism is a mental health disorder that should be treated with compassionate psychotherapy, not with invasive surgery and synthetic hormones that cause nasty side effects. It includes the right to have an opinion that women and girls need to have separate bathroom/locker facilities where they can be safe and free from harassment from predatory males.

OK, now I've done it! I am now on a permanent blacklist because of what I wrote. I won't be able to work for Mozilla now.

I cannot fathom how much the LGBT movement has jumped the shark with this "gender identity" belief. I put the "gender identity" crowd right up there with holocaust deniers in terms of ideological insanity - denying basic truth that is right in front of your face - denying science and biology in the name of politics.

Your gender is what your chromosomes and external genitalia are. It is not what your brain thinks your gender is. What your brain thinks is your psychology and it is mutable and changeable depending on environment and how you choose to focus your mind. This is called "neuroplasticity."

At least, this is what was considered to be a basic reality we could all agree upon, until recently.

But now, a group of people, we don't know who, has decided that what you think you are in your brain is now your "gender" and what your physiology actually is doesn't matter. And now this belief is being pushed on everyone through the legal system under the guise of "equality."

To me, this is like the government claiming that the grass is now blue and the sky is now green and everyone had better comply with this belief or suffer serious consequences.

What's even crazier is that even though we are told that your gender is now in your brain, that a sex change is necessary in order to get the genitalia to comply with what's in the brain. In other words, biological gender is not relevent, but it is important enough to warrant drastic surgery.

I cannot even begin to wrap my brain around such twisted logic. But it's worse - now if you complain, or if you suggest that allowing men wanting to be women to use women's bathrooms opens the door for creepy're intolerant!

Is this the America you want to live in? It's not the one I want to live in, that's for sure. I'm all for live and let live - and if there weren't rules forcing people to accept someone's claim of "gender identity," I'd not get too upset about a drag queen jumping into the women's bathroom quickly and being respectful and discreet about it - as long as it were not a law.

But I will never be OK with being in the women's locker room at the gym, and seeing in horror that the "woman" taking her clothes off next to me actually has a penis ala The Crying Game! No, I'm sorry! That is just not right! If you want to get a sex change, be my guest. But until your John Thomas is removed, please use the men's locker room. Have some respect for others!

So what is really going on here? The LGBT crowd can't honestly believe that it is better to put little girls at risk of sexual predators - and let me clarify, I'm talking about non-transgender male pedophiles who most certainly will take advantage of these "gender identity" laws to enter into women's dressing rooms at J.C. Penney.

This Houston assault on common sense seems to me more than just about bathroom rights. Churches were directly targeted in an invasive, frightening manner. We're now being told by these far left ideologues that a pastor who expresses an opinion about transgenderism may be breaking the law - under the guise that churches cannot be "political" because of their tax-free status.

At what point can churches defend their beliefs about what's right and wrong without getting visited by the IRS? If Houston enacts an ordinance forcing businesses and organizations to provide equal access to transgenders, it means that conservative churches - which divide a lot of their groups by gender - now have to face the possibility of being sued.

So, for example, the women's support group I joined last year at a local church could have made the church a target if a man decided he wanted to join the private group. Let's say that this man wasn't even a genuine transgender, but an anti-Christian political activist. He joins the group just to agitate and then cries "discrimination!" when members try to kick him out.

Does a private church not have the right to separate people into groups based on their genital characteristics or not?

Does a church have the right to express an opinion about a behavior or lifestyle? Can we acknowledge that one of the main aspects of a religion is its moral code? So are we now being told that churches cannot have their own moral code?

If a religion wants to have a moral code that says that having red hair is a sign of the devil, and that members who have red hair need to shave it off or dye it, it is the right of that religion to have that moral code, as crazy as it is.

Last night I went to a free talk at a local Catholic church. The priest actually said he'd refuse to hand over his sermons, and tell them something like "I just make them up as I go." He talked a lot about Christians being willing to die for their beliefs. I wonder if he sense something in the air, knows something is up.

So I cannot help but wonder if a lot of this talk about "gender identity" is actually just a clever ruse to attack religious institutions and other organizations that represent traditional American values. Yeah, that might be tin-foil hat, but what other explanation do we have for an ideology that so clearly denies biology while making biology oh so critical? It's - pardon my French - a total mind fuck.

What does this have to do with "The End of the Great Keynesian Experiment"?

Well, what happened to Germany after the fall of the Weimar Republic? When the value of the currency had collapsed into nothing?

Into that void arose an evil that sold itself under the guise of compassion. Nazis were National Socialists who claimed they were on the side of the workers. They at first enacted a lot of popular worker's programs that included factory safety regulations, worker benefits, and reduced workweeks. But then Hitler wanted more control and destroyed the very unions who put him into power.

So let's say there are nefarious forces at work (label them what you like: Banksters, New World Order, Russian/Chinese Communists, etc.) who want to take down America. They do so by pitting group against group. They need to take out the churches, because churches are in direct competition for loyalty to the state.

Their number one weapon? Crazymaking.

"Crazymaking" is a term used in psychology to describe a form of psychological abuse that involves no-win scenarios and histrionic behavior. From Wiktionary, a simple, and not complete, definition of crazymaking is:

A form of psychological attack on somebody by offering contradictory alternatives and criticizing the person for choosing either.

Purposeful crazymaking. This, to me, is the most likely reason behind the recent and inexplicable push to suddenly open bathrooms across the land for people of the opposite sex. It's probably the reason the state department is now issuing passports to biological males that say "female" now. The extreme LGBT activists (who, let's remember, do not represent the average gay person) are being used most likely.

And people who buy into political correctness are so unable to discern reality any more - and so afraid to be accused of "judging" others - that they go right along with it all. On the surface, it's compassion. Under the surface? It's fear.

The problem is, the more psychologically damaged a person is, the more suspectible they are to being influenced by a crazymaker. Given the high number of broken homes and adults with psychological disorders, it is no wonder that direct assaults on reality aren't even noticed these days. When I express an opinion that transgenderism might be better healed through therapy, I will get an earful from people about not judging - that we cannot know what a transgender feels - but these same folks cannot explain why they believe surgery is the better option. This is not about thinking through the issue but being programmed to not think it through.

Here is my warning, however, to transgender activists: Be careful. You may think you are gaining power now, but whoever is in the back room pulling the strings will be more than happy to throw you aside once you have outlived your usefulness. Who could be the first people to end up in camps, if, God forbid, we ever sunk that far? People who need "surgery."

It's happened before, and it could happen again.

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sierra skier
Oct 17, 2014 - 4:30pm

Hi all

Now to read.

Oct 17, 2014 - 4:50pm

I am with turd on this one.

I am with turd on this one.

Oct 17, 2014 - 4:57pm

1st Amendment/Article

Every Pastor also has a 1st Amendment/Article right to say what he wants. Time for churchs to give the 503 back to the feds because it is a contract with them..... 1st Amendment/Article: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. The feds/state or any government agency has NO authority, NO right, NO power to tell any church what to do because it is outside of their jurisdiction.

Oct 17, 2014 - 4:59pm

You simply can't ...

make this shit up! Stephanie, I'm glad you have time to pay attention to this stuff and bring it to the forefront in Turdville. I simply don't have time, but genuinely appreciate that fact that you do. I appreciate that you are passionate about the topics you discuss and are generally well researched, thoughtful and candid in your writings. I can't thank you enough.

[rant on] With that said, one really has to wonder what kind of PC Hell we are careening towards. For a old guy, born of blue collar parents, who did time (12 years) in Catholic schools before going thru about a 10 year recovery program, who circled the mid-west (Minnesota, Oklahoma, North Dakota, back to Minnesota), crap like this absolutely fries my logic chip. I cannot wrap my head around stuff like this. It's getting more difficult to get thru each day, knowing that there are people out there who really believe that allowing guys who "think" they are women access to womens' bathrooms and locker rooms is proper. Excuse me ... I need to go outside and scream now. [rant off]

I just wasn't made for these times.

wax off


Oct 17, 2014 - 5:04pm

Awesome Stephanie

Man that was a great article. I wish I could write down my feelings like you do. I agree with you on most of what you wrote and I applaud you for writing it.

The only thing is, I call mine my Wee Willie. LMAO "But until your John Thomas is removed, please use the men's locker room."

Dyna mo hum
Oct 17, 2014 - 5:09pm
Oct 17, 2014 - 6:15pm

specifics on this case from a

specifics on this case from a Houston resident:

1. a poll that was provided to mayor parker and the city council before they voted the ordinance in, showed that 70% of the polled people didn't want it.

2. it was voted in anyway

3. citizens NOT churches started organizing to get a referendum on the ballot re this ordinance. Of course pastors spoke about it...

4. In Houston you have to have 17000 signed citizens for a referendum...the city employee stopped counting at 19000. Over 50000 sigs were submitted

5. Bring in the subphena which is overly broad and aimed at 5 specific pastors. Grace Community Church's paster Steve Riggle was one named and was interviewed by a local radio station yesterday. He gave specific information on the Micheal Berry show.

This appears to be a clear violation of Freedom of 'chills' speech for sure.

TBD what happens but Paster Riggle has publically said he will give his sermons over freely, if the mayor etc agree to read them...but that he will not be forced to do it and will resist the subphena

This is clearly an overcalculation by a vocal L/G who wants to impose views on the populace...the people don't want this. It went national and now the locals, namely the mayor, are scurying for cover...she claims she didn't know...I call BS.

Oct 17, 2014 - 6:22pm


"1. a poll that was provided to mayor parker and the city council before they voted the ordinance in, showed that 70% of the polled people didn't want it.

2. it was voted in anyway"


That city council, at least the ones who voted for this, should be Arkancided since the laws no longer protect the people from the people who make the laws. Voting doesn't seem to help.

sierra skier
Oct 17, 2014 - 6:22pm

Got tied up with a guest

but just finished the read.

If folks think they need to change their gender surgically that is fine, and if they wish to spend time with someone of their own sex it is their right. It is not their right to put that kind of behavior in our faces. Unless they have completed their change they have no right to be in the other genders bathrooms or locker rooms.

This PC stuff has gotten far beyond any reasonableness and it is past time to cull it back. The union of a man and a woman is natural and the way it should be. It takes a man and a woman to conceive a child and raise the correctly (or attempt to).

Just recently a couple of lesbians decided to have their 2dn child and the wrong sperm was provided from the sperm bank. The child is of mixed ethnicity and the gay girls are upset because it will be too difficult to raise their child in their current neighborhood they claim. I guess our medical abilities can now pander to the PC folks to do their bidding, but I will never it is right.

Thanks for great topic Stephanie, one that gets my thoughts going. With the bread and circuses like in Ancient Rome and the PC now days we should expect to see society fail just like Rome did in the near future. So much of today's world completely baffles me.

Oct 17, 2014 - 6:48pm

@tonym9 - and they threw out the signatures!!

4. In Houston you have to have 17000 signed citizens for a referendum...the city employee stopped counting at 19000. Over 50000 sigs were submitted

And it gets worse, they threw out all the signatures claiming a technicality was violated. No kidding. So they want to block people from voting on it.

Thanks for the additional info.

Oct 17, 2014 - 7:04pm

An Option

When witnessing a gender confused individual entering a women's bathroom just walk over to the door and push it open and yell inside that a man just walked into you ladies bathroom. There are some pretty tough Texas chicks sooner or later one of them is going to give one of the gender confused individuals a good old fashion Ass Beating. Especially if one of them walks in when a Mother or Grandmother is taking a small child to the restroom.


Oct 17, 2014 - 7:15pm

first thoughts

1) It is not male bits you need to be afraid of: I have male bits and there is zero hope that I will assault you in a ladies bathroom. I can probably speak for 99+% of the male population regarding this. It would be what went on in my brain which would cause me to assault you in a bathroom.

Guns are not, in and of themselves, dangerous. Its the asshole with an attitude problwm.

Interesting thing about the law and bathrooms. I was in Starbucks and there was this queue for the gents, about 6 waiting. A lady vacated the woman's and one could easily see that it was empty. So I thought bollocks and just went in there.

Oct 17, 2014 - 7:24pm

And one more thing

For those in Houston: Start looking into the Mayor, His Staff, His Family and all other Officials that are pushing this so hard. Politicians do not get behind things unless it is somehow going to benefit them.

Hiring private detectives or maybe find some in Houston that will donate their time to finding the connections. Hell it could be as simple as checking out some trans-gender clubs in the area. You may find the Mayor himself dressed up all nice and pretty trying to go into the females restroom.

The Mayor himself or someone close to him or someone that has influence over him is pushing this thing, to go to the unbelievably stupid extent as to begin to attack Pastors In Texas over this. Wow that is beyond Dumb Politically


Oct 17, 2014 - 7:45pm

Is this what inspired the

Is this what inspired the South Park episode last week?

Oct 17, 2014 - 7:53pm

@wizard - the Houston mayor is a lesbian

However, I don't think she represents or reflects well on all lesbians.

Oct 17, 2014 - 7:54pm

@Bugzy - men are simply more dangerous

Men are dangerous to women because overall you are physically stronger, especially in the upper body. Centers of gravity are different and female hips are wider. That is a fact of biology no amount of hormones can change. Furthermore, if a woman wants to rape another woman, she needs to find an object do so, whereas the man walks around with a weapon. I am not saying this to be anti-male but it's just the reality.

Oct 17, 2014 - 8:00pm


"the Houston mayor is a lesbian"

I had no Idea, And there it is Politicians do not get behind things unless it is somehow going to benefit them.

Pandering to a small group of people in which she is a part of in a huge population Now it makes sense.


Oct 17, 2014 - 8:01pm

We're Saved!!! We've got a Czar Now!

Obama names Ron Klain as Ebola 'czar'

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Klain, a former chief of staff to Vice Presidents Joe Biden and Al Gore, is well-known by Obama and White House aides. He was selected for his management experience and contacts throughout the government, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.

I feel so much better that a veteran government insider and chief of staff to Doofus and Hockey Stick is going to tackle a deadly virus.

Big L
Oct 17, 2014 - 8:46pm

It's all about the 'rights'

One persons rights trump the rights of everyone else involved.

It's another way of saying the 'old norm' is wrong. The values we hold are worthless and antiquated.

It's another way of saying the way we safeguarded ourselves in public and as a society has been castrated with the excuse that 'one' person has a problem and everyone else must adapt and attend to that problem.

It's another way of saying the problem children win. Everyone else pays the price.

It's another way of using non-conformity to force a new conformity.

It's another way of glorifying 'the' individual at the expense of values and principles.

It's another way of buying votes.

Oct 17, 2014 - 8:54pm

Hitler destroyed the very unions who put him into power

I agree with the rest of your analysis. But, IIRC, Hitler was heavily subsidized by the corporate interests (whose private property rights he destroyed). I'm pretty sure the union leaderships (not to say the union members) were deeply tied into the social democrats.

Joe Dokes
Oct 17, 2014 - 8:56pm

Terminology Correction


Always enjoy reading and contemplating the message in your posts. I wish I had the ability to communicate my thoughts as well as you do.

Just wanted to remind you that the sodomites among us have hijacked the word "gay" and transformed it from an innocent term meaning happy or carefree into a word that means a behavior that is a sin against nature and God..."The extreme LGBT activists (who, let's remember, do not represent the average gay person) are being used most likely." In lieu of "gay" the correct terminology is homosexual, sodomite, sinner, etc.

These people who live out their homosexual desires and try to convince others that it is socially acceptable will have to answer to God someday. It's not gender confusion, it's not acceptable and it's a sin that God will condemn people to hell for.

And churches that want the government to grant them tax exempt status should not be surprised when the government wants to censor their message regarding God's word. They should give up that tax exempt status and trust in God, instead of government, to provide for their needs.

p.s. I lived in the Houston area (Seabrook and Pearland) for seven years back in the the area but I am appalled that the voters in the city of Houston elected an openly homosexual mayor that pushes a determined homosexual agenda.

Peace be with you.


Oct 17, 2014 - 9:06pm
Oct 17, 2014 - 9:12pm

war on Christianity

There are those who would rewrite history of our land and claim that this nation was not founded by majority of men who placed high value on their personal relationships with Almighty God. The God who spoke this earth into place. The God who traced the shores of the mighty oceans shorelines into place and commanded them to keep their boundaries. Not buddha, not allah, not the god revealed by the "angel of light Moroni." There is a war on Christianity and Christians in this country.

You can believe whatever you wish,,, just don't say Jesus name out loud. We have LGBT sex,,, animal sex,,,, sex sex,,,, queer nation,,,,, oh,, the days of Noah? Ring a bell,,,,,

Want to imprison pastors for preaching against the gay sex? What if someone doesn't like men ass pounding each other but they aren't in a church setting? You going to censor them too? It is a war. It is called light versus darkness. Light will prevail. It may not be in my lifetime but there will be a light burning in my home as long as I draw breath. Look around folks. This is what our nation has become. Kardashians,, reality TV, perversion,,,, Ebola,,,, Obama,,,,evil called good and good called evil,,,,, 50 million abortions,,,,,, blood on our hands,,,,, the blood cries out,,,, it will be answered,,,,,

Dr. P. Metals
Oct 17, 2014 - 9:22pm

is all foretold

2 Timothy 3:1-5

All you can do is stand for truth, whenever you can, won't get any easier either.

And we all need to remember not to judge others, that's not our jobs, and that all sin is sin. In Gods eyes all sin is equal and deserving judgment. We are to hate the sin, not the sinners. I usually don't make it 5 minutes into the day before I've sinned.

Joe Dokes Deerhunter
Oct 17, 2014 - 9:23pm

On Eagles Wings

Very well said oew, very well said. Wish I could hat tip you more than once.

Peace be with you.


Oct 17, 2014 - 9:30pm


By your reasoning, my pump action shotgun is more dangerous than my Cooey 22? They are not dangerous at all. I have them both under my control.

And if you were to get an AK47, would you suddenly become more dangerous than me?

I do get your point though. I would not be happy with Mrs Bugzy going into a public bathroom without me being in earshot. Especially if sexually confused males (with bits) were hanging out in there.

However, one wonders if some butch tranny might not take advantage, physically, of some weaker male in the gents? They think they are women and as such have sexual desires for other men.

Yet I guess I must have been in a washroom at the same time as some gay, and they have never bothered me.

I wonder if this has more to do with nutters than gender. If some perve wants his evil way, will he not follow you into the bathroom anyway, or wait for you to come out?

I guess this has more to do with folk not interfering with other folk against their will. The rest is just labeling and stereotyping.

Maybe a man in the ladies rings alarms right now. Probably rightly so.

Ok, you win. ;-)

Oct 17, 2014 - 9:32pm


Stephanie gotta say I usually agree, and I agree with most of the post. First of all I'd be pissed if any pastor of mine turned over a sermon. Fu$& the man the 1st covers everything as it comes to religion/speech.

I gotta disagree on the men as possessing "the" weapon. A basic understanding of physics/biology would agree that women walk around with an equally dangerous weapon (many would argue a more dangerous weapon.) Just saying......

Sorry it is Friday and the rum is speaking....

Oct 17, 2014 - 9:40pm


strange how the language can change. there was a time when "gay" meant festive, jolly, or mirthful. now it means homosexual. in my opinion, it's not descriptive. very few of the homosexuals i know are festive, jolly, or mirthful. most are unhappy, argumentative, and rude.

but then i don't know all that many homosexuals. or want to.

Dyna mo hum
Oct 17, 2014 - 10:01pm


IN WW2 SOME FRENCH MEN AND WOMEN RESISTED. Many different types of resistance can be brought to bear. MY KEYBOARD IS ABOUT TO PLAY OUT ...SORRY

Oct 17, 2014 - 10:04pm


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