What is California’s attitude toward free speech these days?
Read this excerpt from Anders Hagstrom’s article at dailycaller.com, and you’ll have a pretty good idea:
A bill that passed the California state senate and is now moving through the Assembly could threaten jail time for anyone who refuses to use a transgender person’s preferred pronoun.
The law is currently limited in its effects to nursing homes and intermediate-care facilities, but if passed, those who “willfully and repeatedly” refuse “to use a transgender resident’s preferred name or pronouns” could be slapped with a $1,000 fine and up to one year in prison, according to the California Heath and Safety code. The state senate passed the bill 26-12 at the end of May. Since then, the Assembly Judiciary committee recommended the bill unanimously and the General Assembly held its first hearing on the legislation Wednesday.
“How can you believe in free speech, but think the government can compel people to use certain pronouns when talking to others?” Greg Burt of the California Family Council testified in July. “This is not tolerance. This is not love. This is not mutual respect. True tolerance tolerates people with different views. We need to treat each other with respect, but respect is a two-way street. It is not respectful to threaten people with punishment for having sincerely held beliefs that differ from your own.”
Let me get this straight (bad pun in there somewhere). If I call a person with a penis “he”, and that person has decided he is a she, I can be fined and jailed for it?
This, folks, is not satire this is real.
It is also utter insanity – and I say this as someone 100% committed to full equality by gender and sexual orientation.
Let me be plain here: it is a biological fact that human beings with penises are male and human beings with vaginas are female.
Personally, I feel that human beings who think of themselves as members of the opposite sex should be welcome to do so. If they wish they were members of the opposite sex, and/or if they decide to dress and act the way they perceive the opposite sex dresses and act, and if they decide to call themselves members of the opposite sex, they are also welcome to do so: that is their business, not mine.
But it my business whether I accept their self-definitions.
It is a biological reality that a human being with a penis is a male. It is a biological reality that a human being with a vagina is a female. By what lunacy does anyone have the right to tell me I can’t refer to people as males and females based on these biological realities?
And if the law is going to force someone to do so, why do the transgender people who want to be called the opposite sex “win” this argument. Why aren’t they fined and jailed for calling themselves what I don’t accept?
Simply stated, this is beyond idiotic. Do these people have any concept of what free speech actually means?
Behold today’s California.