Governor McCrory Signed A Bill, And Blew Up Facebook.

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While many of us were out and about living our lives, Republican North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory proceeded to sign one of the most sweeping anti LGBT bills into law. House Bill 2 effectively wiped out all nondiscrimination ordinances statewide. With no concern whatsoever for the repercussions, governor McCrory happily accomodated the Republican legislature when he agreed to hold a one-day session to pass the legislation.

This action comes on the heels of Indiana's senate having pushed SB 101 through chambers successfully. Mike Pence, the Governor of Indiana, signed the bill into law. The law's signing was met with widespread criticism by such organizations as the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Tim Cook (CEO of Apple Inc.), Subaru of America, the gamer convention Gen Con, and the Disciples of Christ. Technology company Salesforce.com said it would halt its plans to expand in the state, as did Angie's List.

The state of Georgia also passed their own sweeping legislation when their State Senate approved House Bill 757. Nathan Deal is now tasked with the decision of whether to sign that bill or veto it. In the event that Governor Deal decides to sign the bill into law it could certainly have dramatic consequences. Many large corporate entities including the NFL, and several movie producers, directors, and actors have made the governor acutely aware that the loss of their revenue will be part of those consequences.

There is one common theme to all of this legislation. Politicians like to introduce the legislation as "religious freedom restoration acts". While certainly convenient and expeditious, this presents a problem for religious leaders. There are many diametrically opposing points of view even in the one overwhelmingly popular majority religion, Christianity. As these bills are passed and signed into law there is no thought given to the fact that while they succeed in our mission of isolating themselves from a diverse population, the damage to the credibility of Christianity by conservative rhetoric is rapidly becoming palpable to those who practice a more progressive Christianity.

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"Tricky thing, politics; It takes empathy. Not in the sence you would normally think; Empathizing with people doesn't make you a politician, it makes you a radical. If you want to be a politician, you had better empathize with data."
*-Diary Of A Radical Moderate Empathetic.

Robert Putnam has recently been engaged in a comprehensive study of the relationship between trust within communities and their ethnic diversity. His conclusion based on over 40 cases and 30,000 people within the United States is that, other things being equal, more diversity in a community is associated with less trust both between and within ethnic groups. He theorized that a greater diversity within a community have the impact of lowering trust in that Community's government. Is that theory having an impact on the political climate today. Indeed America has over the last decade has seen a record-breaking amount of diversification while trust in the government and in the media has experienced a freefall since the beginning of the decade.

In 1994 trust in government and the media did experience an upswing. Perhaps it is not coincidence that in fthe time between 1994 and 2001 the stock market also experienced an upswing. On 29 March, 1999 the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 10000 for the first time. That wave of increased trust in the government would be interrupted on 11 September, 2001 with the destruction of the World Trade Center in New York. From that point on trust in government and the media experienced a second free fall Perhaps it is not coincidence that the stock market experienced the same free fall.

This leads us to the present day. Trust in government and trust in the media is the lowest it's been in more than half a century. Is American society attempting to make an adjustment by restructuring its diversity? Currently this country is seeing attacks on one of the few communities that is still socially acceptable to marginalize. Multiple states are attempting to pass legislation that would limit the rights of the GLBT community nationwide. So called "bathroom bills" are popping up everywhere. Many states are moving to rescind all local GLBT anti discrimination ordinances.

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"The human mind is way too predictable. It's so easy to make them do what you want them to do, even if they dont want to do it. Stick a message in their head, and they will act on that message even if it if only to end the agony of the message you put in their heads decades ago. I'm headed to California, i guess i need to book a hotel reservation."
*-Diary Of A Radical Moderate Empathetic

I think we are all aware of how Fox News wormed its way into our culture. They are much like a bully who walks around the school hallways looking for a target who is much smaller and much weaker. The first action is not to actually attack a weaker target, but rather to vindicate the viewer's actions in having disdain for that weaker target. This in turn makes the bully more popular when he does finally execute his actions in bullying the weaker target. In the case of Fox News, those actions are easily fueled with staunch conservative messages delivered with a religious flavor.

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So is all news bad news? No, it is not. We as an empathetic movement are going to see the day where we have one very significant responsibility to our peers and to society at large. We must all walk away from this message and forever carry in our minds one very stark reality. If there is one thing that a Fox News viewer likes to see more than a bully picking on the weaker victim, it's the sight of the weaker victim striking back. While it is a beautiful sentiment to treat oppressors with kindness and compassion, the only way the transgender community at large is ever going to see acceptance and social embrace is the counter the conservative offensive with a much greater and much more visible defense.

"When I was a junior in high school i had one bully in particular who liked to pick a fight every opportunity he could find to do so. He would walk by me and smack me on the back of my head. When he did that, i would try to back away so as to avoid getting in trouble for fighting. When i did so, the other kids would laugh at me, and carry on about what a loser i was. One day he approached me from the front. He raised up his fist to punch me. I kicked him in the gut before he got the chance. He suddenly became the most disdained kid in school. The next day his girlfriend told me i was cute. "
*-Diary Of A Radical Moderate Empathetic