Dear North Carolina

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Dear North Carolina – Why?

The North Carolina state Legislature has passed a law blocking local governments from passing anti-discrimination rules to grant protections to gay and transgender people.  The law comes a month after the city of Charlotte passed a measure protecting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from being discriminated against by businesses.  That measure was set to go into effect on April 1.  The State‚Äôs recent passage of a law banning anti-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation and requiring transgender people in government buildings and public schools to use bathrooms that match the gender on their birth certificates.

In the land of the free, we have so much hatred for one another.  I refuse to be quiet anymore.  We hate each other for the color of our skin, money, sexual orientation and gender awareness.  When did we start to bring Church and State together?  It states a separation of church and state in the Establishment Clause and Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States which reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”   Why, because we live in a world in which individuals use their religion to rule over others and cast their judgement on others that differ from their religious beliefs.  As a firm Christian, a child of God, I live every day by faith.  My faith teaches me from right and wrong but it also teaches me not to judge others.  I believe in treating others like I would want to be treated.  Now I know obstacles in our life changes us or puts us in situations where we struggle to make things right.   We’re all sinners because we are not Gods, we are going to make mistakes.

Hardships are going to change us, but that doesn’t open up us to freely judge because they are different.

I know there are people that believe that being Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual or Transgender is a choice.  Let me say this, it is NOT a choice.  We did not just wake up one day and decide, “Yeah, I want to be Gay now.  It’s going to be fun and trendy.”  No!  We did not choose to be Gay, who would want to be judged daily by strangers, parents, and family.  Who wants to have parents that do not accept who they truly are.  The people that are suppose to love you unconditionally cannot accept you.  When you finally find true love and happiness there are people, even your government tells you how to live your life.  Do we judge you for being straight?  Do we try to take your right to marry the person you love, or that you can’t eat or use a public restroom without someone telling you which one to use.

To have a State you love to live in say no we don’t accept you for being gay or transgender and we have the right to refuse services and decline entry into a business, is beyond hurtful.  We pay taxes, own businesses and are citizens of North Carolina but get treated like second class citizens.

I remember a point in our history where Blacks were declined service and told not to use White bathrooms.  Now in 2016, we say that is wrong, not a way to treat human beings.  It’s sad to see Blacks being killed for being Black.  Hmm, now look at us, repeating history.  LGBT individuals are the new Blacks in this Southern, Bible-belt State.  This state is full of hate driven by the decisions of our government officials but also by our neighbors.

This Hate has to stop!  People in the LGBT community are being killed and the LGBT youths are being bullied every day.  They are committing suicide because of this hatred.  How about we don’t tell you who to love, who to be and you can stay out of our lives.  Also, let me say this and I hope you are listening, a Transgendered person is not going to attack you in a bathroom so stop attacking them. Transgender individuals have fought and they continue to fight for their true selves.  North Carolina has now put every Transgender person in danger by telling them to use the bathroom of their biological gender.

It’s not a straight man coming into a women’s bathroom to hurt you or your children.  Transgender individuals are not sex offenders.  Again, we don’t care about hurting you, we just have the same right to feel safe in a public restroom that matches their post-transition gender.

Stop hating and using your religion to state that you are right.  When our time is up and you have to face the same God that made me who I am and he tells you how judging your brothers and sisters for being Gay denies you entrance into his kingdom.  Please don’t be surprised. Judging and denying the rights of LGBT individuals is not in the Bible.  Or maybe I missed it right beside not eating pork or stoning someone for a crime.

May God be with you all.  Thank you but no thank you North Carolina for your new bill of discrimination!

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