Tom Hoopes is Vice President of College Relations and writer in residence at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. He has written for the Register for more than 20 years and was its executive editor for 10. His writing has appeared in First Things’ First Thoughts, National Review Online, Crisis, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside Catholic and Columbia. He has served as press secretary for the Chairman of the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee. He and his wife, April, were editorial co-directors of Faith & Family magazine for 5 years. They have nine children.
Catholics stopped their effort to restructure parishes.
Now, a hearing looms tomorrow over their effort to let men in women’s restrooms. I kid you not. More on that in a second.
Lawlor & McDonald’s Judiciary Committee continues its strange attempt to restructure things most people in Connecticut don’t think need restructuring. First our parishes—now, our very genders.
H.B. 6452, AN ACT CONCERNING DISCRIMINATION will have a public hearing TOMORROW, Thursday, March 19th.
Says the Family Institute of Connecticut:
“This bill would raise a cluster of various transsexual related behaviors, under the title of gender identity and expression, to a protected class. It would make them equal to constitutionally protected classes such as race, color, religion and national origin.
“It would mean that court-ordered same-sex ‘marriage’ is just the first step in a campaign to force children in our public schools to be exposed to ‘alernative lifestyles’ even if their parents disapprove.”
It also means, according to pages a click away from Connecticut’s website, that people will be allowed to use the bathroom according to what gender they feel they are.
“Transgendered” activists will call you “fear-mongering” for bringing up bathroom issues, but it is the state of Connecticut itself which offers on its website a “Transgender Equality Handbook” that includes this Q&A:
“Question: Does this mean women will have to share bathrooms with men?
“Answer: This law will prevent people from being forced to use bathrooms that do not correspond to their gender identity.”
In other words, they won’t be forced to use bathrooms of a gender they don’t feel they are.
It also provides a link titled simply “Transgender” that greets the visitor with “Transgender bathroom = Separate but equal?” with this explanation: “A transgender bathroom sounds like a ‘colored drinking fountain’ ...” and the host’s comment: “I agree.”
The bathroom concerns are right there at CT.Gov; they are not hype: The Lawlor-McDonald Judiciary Committee would be a boon for guys like this.
FIC gives these four ways to help:
1) “Use our Grassroots Action Center to send an e-mail directly to the Judiciary Committee by clicking on the link at the bottom of this message. Personalized and polite messages have a much greater impact. Let our legislators know that you oppose any bill that creates special rights for the “transgendered”.
2) “Attend the public hearing TOMORROW and testify against this bill. This will be your chance to ask legislators face-to-face to protect our children from gender identity confusion. The Judiciary Committee will hold the public hearing TOMORROW, Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 10: 00 A. M. in Room 2C of the LOB. Please submit 45 copies of written testimony to Committee staff at least two hours prior to the start of the hearing in Room 2500 of the LOB. Testimony submitted after the designated time may not be distributed until after the hearing. Sign-up for the hearing will begin at 8: 00 A. M. in Room 2500 of the LOB. Sign-up will conclude at 9:30 A. M. Speaker order will be decided by a lottery system. Anyone wishing to testify after the drawing is closed will be placed at the end of the list. The first hour of the hearing is reserved for Constitutional Officers, State Agency Heads, Municipal Chief Elected Officials and Legislators. Speakers will be limited to 3 minutes of testimony.”
(Read here for more on giving testimony.)
4) Forward this message to every like-minded state resident you know and ask them to do likewise. We need as much support as possible to protect our children from gender identity confusion.
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For more on this issue, see Celeste McGovern’s “Boys Will Be Girls?”