Mat Staver

Hate group leader Mat Staver  is not pleased with the NCAA and ACC pulling their post-season events out of North Carolina. Staver’s real fear is that the NCAA and ACC are influencing North Carolinians which could lead to the nullification of their anti-LGBT House Bill 2.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) have damaged their image by jumping into a political fray over the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act. Do they really think so little of women to invade their privacy and subject them to sexual assault in order to side with a political agenda? “It is hypocritical for an organization that divides athletic teams by male and female to boycott a state that divides restrooms by male and female,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel.

Oh, bullshit. The real problem is that HB2 preempts the decision of Charlotte’s city council, the elected representatives of the people, to protect gay and transgender citizens from discrimination. It is now perfectly lawful in Charlotte to deny gay and transgender people employment, housing and service by public accommodations because of their sexuality. An employer now has the right to tell an applicant “we don’t hire fags here.” There is no legal recourse.

Staver and his group, Liberty Counsel, want to deflect this to something having to do with the safety of women and children. Where similar transgender accommodation laws are in effect women and children have simply not been endangered. Mat Staver presents a considerable danger to women because he opposes reproductive rights in the extreme. He expects a woman to bear her rapist’s child even if the rapist is, say, her father.

The North Carolina law, known as House Bill 2, signed by Gov. Pat McCrory in March, represents mainstream America. North Carolina is one of 29 states which do not recognize “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as protected classes at the state level for purposes of public accommodations.

It does not represent mainstream America and it certainly does not represent mainstream Charlotte. The idea behind “States’ Rights” doesn’t seem to make its way down to sub-divisions. Rural North Carolina has made a decision for urban North Carolina. Discrimination has consequences.

The NCAA says it will move Division I, II and III championships or playoffs from North Carolina. In doing so, the NCAA will likely face millions of dollars in penalties because the arenas have already been booked. But the NCAA apparently does not care about the people it is hurting or those who have booked flights and hotels. The ACC has also jumped into this fray. The ACC announced its December conference championship will relocate from Charlotte to an unspecified location followed the NBA’s decision in July to move its 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte.

Folks have plenty of time to change their flights and hotel reservations that probably don’t exist in the first place. This is just idiotic. Presumably the NCAA and the ACC will honor their contractual obligations if any arenas have been booked. They knew those in advance of their decisions. Staver is speculating.

“The NCAA and ACC are not acting in the best interest of those they represent. Their decision goes against the majority of colleges and universities and also against the public, which do not want men using women’s private restrooms, showers and locker rooms. Such a policy undercuts the progress made in women’s sports by allowing men to compete on women’s teams. Moreover, if these organizations boycott North Carolina over this common sense policy, then they will have to boycott the majority of states and will soon run out of locations for sporting events,” said Staver.

North Carolina is unique because of preemption but let us assume that Staver is correct. They certainly are not going to run out of venues. There is an ample supply of cities that offer LGBT nondiscrimination protections. Even in the Bible Belt, cities like New Orleans provide these protections. New Orleans will host the 2017 NBA All-Star Game.

Sexual assault has already increased in those businesses that allow men into women’s dressing rooms and bathrooms. For example, there has recently been another incident where a man was caught recording women undressing in changing rooms at a Target store in Frisco, Texas. …

Virtually all of the dressing rooms along Lincoln Road Mall in South Beach are unisex. There doesn’t seem to be a problem. Staver’s parade of horribles is actually very rare.

Rev. Franklin Graham wrote a pointed letter to the ACC pointing out that it is hypocritical. While boycotting North Carolina over this common sense policy, the ACC, and also the NCAA, rake in millions of dollars from corporate sponsors who profit from their operations in foreign countries where women and minorities are killed, tortured and treated as slaves. “The NCAA and the ACC ought to clean up their own act and stop profiting from sponsors who profit from gross violations of human rights. These athletic associations are putting women at risk and are out of touch with reality,” said Staver.

Franklin Graham is a walking hate group. The fact that some of the sponsors of the ACC and NCAA do business in countries that are hostile to their gay and transgender citizens is truly irrelevant. It’s an enormous stretch. The ACC and NCAA cannot influence human rights in Saudi Arabia but it can influence human rights in North Carolina. They choose to do so.

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.