H. 1728: “An Act relative to gender based discrimination and hate crimes.” It has commonly been referred to as the “Bathroom Bill” for good reason. The government is attempting to create a civil right to use bathrooms and places of exercise based on a gender expression independent from someone’s actual gender based on biological fact. However, this is not a bad provision in an otherwise positive bill. The “Bathroom Bill” is far worse than you think.
It creates a 27 person permanent government commission. “The commission shall be an independent agency of the commonwealth and shall not be subject to the control of any other department or agency.” The members are not elected, nor appointed by anyone who is elected. They are appointed by a litany of left-wing special interest groups including Mass Equality and the Massachusetts Teachers Association. This is not just a big government power grab, it grabs power and turns it over to left wing special interest groups that cannot be held accountable by we the people.
This panel will be charged with creating “programs supporting gay, and lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth on an ongoing basis to the department of education.” These new regulations and designed curriculum will not just apply to our local public schools. This bill specifically outlines new regulations and restrictions on charter schools as well.
Section 24 specifically bans the the type of content that can be “published, issued, circulated, distributed or displayed, in any way, any advertisement, circular, folder, book, pamphlet, written or painted or printed notice or sign, of any kind or description” by private citizens in direct conflict of our first amendment rights. To be clear: I am not talking about government publications. These are regulations on us as private citizens not employed by the government. They want to ban what we can write in books.
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These additional “rights” are really restrictions. They restrict free enterprise, private business, and private citizens from running our businesses and living our lives the way we see fit. Instead, we are put on the hook by trial lawyers for potential civil lawsuits and incur the inherent costs of compliance involved with any government regulation.
Don’t like this bill? Not in favor? Too bad. You are a hate filled bigot and the very title of the bill ends in “Hate Crimes.”