The National Football League has inserted itself into the debate over transgender bathrooms. Everyone in the United States should be free to use any restroom they like simply on the basis of their “gender identity,” and anyone who disagrees and wants to preserve traditional values is a bigot who should be penalized–this apparently is now the position of the NFL.
The Texas Legislature is presently considering a bill similar to that adopted last year by North Carolina requiring that people use restroom facilities that correspond to the sex on their birth certificates. But the NFL has hinted at the possibility of canceling sporting events in the state if the bill becomes law.
“If a proposal that is discriminatory or inconsistent with our values were to become law there [Texas], that would certainly be a factor considered when thinking about awarding future events.”
These are the words of Brian McCarthy, the NFL’s vice president of communications. The Dallas Cowboys are presently vying to host the 2018 NFL draft, and according to a report published recently at Dallas News, there are growing fears it will lose out if the bathroom bill becomes law.
The fears probably are well-founded. Back in February, after the city of Houston hosted this year’s Super Bowl, McCarthy laid out the league’s position in no uncertain terms.
“The NFL embraces inclusiveness,” he said. “We want all fans to feel welcomed at our events, and NFL policies prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other improper standard.”
“Any other improper standard” presumably means “discrimination” against anyone who might “identify” as something other than their biological sex.
The Texas Legislature is expected to convene in a special session on July 18 to discuss the proposed bill. You can go here to access a commentary on Senate Bill 6, or “SB6” as it’s called, which was introduced by State Senator Lois Kolkhorst and which has received the support of Republican Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick.
The writer makes the important point that SB6 applies only to restrooms in public schools, government buildings, and public university campuses. Private businesses would not be impacted, and the bill specifically exempts “convention centers, stadiums, and entertainment venues.”
But observers seem to feel this won’t be enough to mollify the NFL, which seems on a crusade against traditional family values.
But it isn’t only the NFL. The bathroom bill in North Carolina, adopted in March of 2016, was repealed earlier this year after the NCAA cancelled upcoming tournaments and championship games that were to have taken place in that state. And the National Basketball Association got in on the act as well, relocating its 2017 NBA All Star Game, which was to have brought considerable revenue to the city of Charlotte.
Whatever happened to the old adage that sports and politics were supposed to be kept separate from each other? This is political correctness carried to an insane level.