The ACC and Orlando Blooms with Double Standards

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How serious are these collegiate sports leagues about their transgender agendas? Not very, if the latest move by the ACC is any indication. The conference supposedly pulled its championship football game out of Charlotte to take a stand against North Carolina’s decision to let businesses and private organizations set their own restroom, shower, and locker room policies. So imagine everyone’s surprise when the ACC just announced yesterday that they’re relocating the game to Florida — one of the two dozen states with a policy similar to North Carolina’s! Although it isn’t identical to H.B. 2, the Sunshine State has a Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) on the books that gives religious employers more protection from being forced to open their bathroom doors to anyone.

Talk about hypocrisy! If the ACC is so upset about North Carolina’s policy, why in the world would they relocate to a state with a similar one? Because in the end, this isn’t about bathrooms or locker rooms or even “discrimination.” This is about appeasing cultural bullies who can’t be appeased! And in this case, the ACC is willing to risk its credibility to try. Many states (and the federal government) have had these laws for years — with none of the consequences the Left hysterically screams about. If liberals want to put their money where their mouths are, they should stay out of all states with these protections (which they won’t do, since it would expose them for the political posturing they’re guilty of).

Like the NAIA, who just pulled the 2016 Cross Country National Championship out of the state, the ACC is putting its phony political agenda above the hard-working people and businesses of Charlotte — and ignoring the privacy and safety concerns of parents and kids in the process. But don’t be surprised if this decision backfires. The American people are tired of political correctness and agendas being elevated above everything else. And most of them think, like we do, that it’s time the ACC and its leaders, like Georgia Tech President Bud Peterson, get back to focusing on sports, not redefining what it means to be male or female.

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Tony Perkins
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law. (Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)

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