This falls flat into the category of “You just can’t make this stuff up.”
It is quite literally unbelievable. Hilarious. And yet not funny.
A city in Montana is proposing an ordinance to forbid discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. As you can imagine, in Montana, there is some controversy over this.
A group was formed called “NotMyBathroom.” Yes, that is the name of the group. They even have a Web site Notmybathroom.com. Their logo is a clearly identifiable MAN and a clearly identifiable WOMAN (because she’s wearing a dress) separated by a thick, impenetrable wall. Only GOD HIMSELF could huff and puff and blow that wall down!
This group is afraid that the ordinance will allow gay and transgender child molesters to use public bathrooms with our [gasp] CHILDREN! These people are straight out of “Republican Gomorrah”
Listen to their Web site’s drivel:
“However the problem with molestation in the Catholic Church stemmed from the fact that homosexuals were allowed to be Priests. The Boy Scouts of America allowed homosexual men to be Scout Masters and had the same high incident of molestations. Since both organizations have stopped that practice the number of molestations has dropped considerably, to a fraction or what it was before. Homosexual men who want to molest boys will seek jobs where boys are readily available.”
One of the things that is funny about this group is that the leader of the movement isn’t even based in the city in question.. He isn’t even based in the same county. He’s based in an adjoining county and he lives in a town 50 miles away.
A bunch of these fundamentalist hatemongers drove into town — from out of county — to protest at a City Council meeting last week carrying signs, and refusing to speak to the local paper. These people are claiming that they can no longer come to Missoula if the city passes the ordinance because the city will no longer be safe for them and their children … at least it won’t be safe to use a public bathroom. They held signs such as “Our religious beliefs disrespected,” and “Don’t trample on the word of God” and one of my favourites, “Separation of Church and State applies even in Missoula.” (That one goes right into the “huh?” category.) One of them even had a small girl holding a sign saying, “Keep me safe.” (OK, that really isn’t funny. Poor kid. I hope she doesn’t end up brainwashed. There’s probably not a lot of hope for her.)
One woman is quoted in the article as saying if she were a landlord, she has a right to choose the kind of people she rents to and doesn’t want to rent to. (Ummm, actually, I don’t think you do.)
It’s funny (At least the name “Notmybathroom”), but it isn’t. It isn’t funny there are people still this ignorant, full of prejudice and paranoia toward “those types.” It isn’t funny that they have kids they are probably drilling their prejudices into.
The good news is, these were fewer than 50 people and most of them weren’t even from Missoula. And the ordinance is expected to pass. Missoula is a very progressive city
The other good news. A local group of pastors and Christian lay people began their own organization in response to the hatemongers, called “Flushthefear”
Check out flushthefear.com instead, maybe. Instead of a bathroom sign, its logo is a city park.