Justice Dept Threatens North Carolina: Get In Line…Now

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Economic pressure didn’t work. Media pressure didn’t work. Celebrity pressure didn’t work.

So now the Obama Justice Department is ready to bring the hammer of the federal government down on North Carolina and forever change the landscape of state’s rights, religious liberty, and, quite frankly, American civilization.

In a letter to North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, the Justice Department warned that the state’s new law requiring people to use the bathroom that corresponds with their birth sex is discriminatory and illegal.

“The State is engaging in a pattern or practice of discrimination against transgender state employees and both you, in your official capacity, and the state are engaging in a pattern or practice of resistance,” said the letter.

According to the feds, North Carolina is in violation of the Civil Rights Act, which makes it a crime to discriminate on the basis of gender. And in a separate letter, the Justice Department warned the University of North Carolina that they risked losing federal funding because of the law.

McCrory lashed out at the federal pressure.

“This is no longer just a North Carolina issue, because this conclusion by the Department of Justice impacts every state,” he said, characterizing the letter as the most flagrant example of federal overreach he had ever seen.

If you think this is going to turn out well for McCrory and the Republican legislature in North Carolina, you haven’t been paying attention. At best, we’re talking about another five years of resistance. More likely, this issue will be put to bed by next summer. This is going to go exactly like the gay marriage controversy. When the left decides they want something to change, there is no stopping them. Once they successfully get enough Americans to think of an issue in the context of “civil rights,” it’s all over but the shouting.

It’s understandable. Conservatives, as loathe to accept such bizarre social changes as we may be, are inherently susceptible to the liberty argument. We want everyone in this country to enjoy the same basic rights and protections. Where there is injustice – real injustice – we want to see it repaired.

But are transgender people really being discriminated against?

As absurd as it was for the Supreme Court to strike down bans on gay marriage last year, the truly horrifying effect of that decision was the subtext: Not only could gays get married, but Christians could not opt out. By expanding rights to one group of Americans, the court quietly took them from another.

If we’ve learned anything about the left, it’s that their ultimate goals are usually tangential to their stated goals. On its own, the issue of where transgender people go to the bathroom is so insignificant as to be ridiculous. No matter which way this thing goes, the effect on the average American will be negligible. And when you really start to think about “enforcement,” it’s obvious. You see a somewhat manly-looking woman go into the women’s room…do you stop them? Ask for their birth certificate? Logically, it doesn’t make a lot of sense.

But what does the left really want? What’s the next step?

The really dangerous part of all this is the left’s ability to turn anything into a political issue. They are getting really good at taking fundamental human truths and obliterating them for political gain. It’s not about Christianity vs. immorality anymore. It’s not even about right and wrong. It’s about reality. Americans seem willing to abandon basic tenets of common sense to keep up with liberal social trends. Every insane proposal follows the same path – widespread rejection, gradual softening, and finally, near-universal acceptance.

If you went into a coma in 2006 and woke up today, you would have no idea what the hell happened to the country. Our national slide into the abyss is accelerating. Things that seem unthinkable today will be mainstream in another ten years. We’ve unshackled our society from the anchor of truth, and the consequences will be extraordinary.