Spoiled Sports: NCAA Pulls Tourneys out of N.C.

North Carolina hasn’t bowed to the cultural bullies yet — but that hasn’t stopped the NCAA from trying! Months after the state legislature passed H.B. 2, liberals are still trying to punish Governor Pat McCrory (R-N.C.) for listening to voters and enacting a common sense law that protects businesses from being punished by the government. Now, the country’s leading association for college sports is hoping to make it hurt by moving seven championships out of the state — affecting everything from men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, and tennis to lacrosse, golf, and baseball. What’s worse, the announcement comes less than two months away from a pivotal election — not just in the White House, but the North Carolina governor’s mansion.

NCAA officials complained that the law isn’t inclusive. But what could be more inclusive than letting businesses and private organizations set their own policies on bathrooms, showers, and locker rooms? That’s what H.B. 2 does: respects the opinions of everyone, instead of forcing the government’s on non-conformers. “It’s so absurd it’s almost comical,” said North Carolina Republican Party spokeswoman Kami Mueller. “Under the NCAA’s logic, colleges should make cheerleaders and football players share bathrooms, showers, and hotel rooms. This decision is an assault to female athletes across the nation. If you are unwilling to have women’s bathrooms and locker rooms, how do you have a women’s team? I wish the NCAA was this concerned about the women who were raped at Baylor.”

If the NCAA had been paying attention, it would realize that despite a flash of opposition from Hollywood and a handful of entertainers, North Carolina leaders like Governor McCrory and Lt. Governor Dan Forest (R) have stood firm, which has only brought more attention to the Left’s lunacy. After weathering the storm — and picking up millions of allies — North Carolina isn’t about to flinch just because a sports league beholden to the Left’s cultural bullies are packing up and leaving town. Lt. Governor Forest tackled the subject during the Friday session of Values Voter Summit, insisting that H.B. 2 was a “reasonable accommodation.”

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Now that North Carolina is a battleground state in November, he said, the Democratic Party is hoping to create “a third rail” out of the restroom issue to benefit Hillary Clinton and the Democrats facing him and McCrory in a tough election battle. There’s just one problem. At home, the law has been enormously popular. Despite the media’s account, absolutely nothing in North Carolina’s bill would have given businesses the right to deny services to anyone. What it did deny was the access of grown men to the showers and restrooms of young girls — an idea that 70 percent of the state thought was “unreasonable and unsafe.” Forest also added that one of the leading advocates of the ordinance that sparked the firestorm — Chad Sevearance, president of the Charlotte Business Guild — was a registered sex offender, who’s been accused of showing young men pornography. His involvement, Forest pointed out, proved “it wasn’t a reach” to say the law would benefit would-be molesters and voyeurs.

International corporations and organizations shouldn’t be dictating what North Carolina’s policy is — not when 334 local business owners support the law. There is also the hypocrisy aspect of the NCAA’s fanned outrage as they are actually taking their show on the road to China. In reality the NCAA and its president, Mark Emmert have become puppets of the “Progressive” left that believes dissenting views should be punished. Contact the association and voice your frustrations here.

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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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