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Infinite Genders, Gun Laws, and The Williams Sisters
Who do they think they're kidding?
Earlier this week, the Senate held a hearing on, I guess, trans stuff. I thought it would be about boys playing girl’s sports, but they kept bouncing back-and-fourth between various sub-topics on this issue, so the point ended up getting lost in the morass of a trans poo-poo platter of issues.
However, my disappointment was allayed when I was introduced to the unhinged and irrational President of the Human Rights Campaign, Kelley Robinson.
As a great man (likely apocryphally) said, “you can’t rationalize someone out of a position they didn’t rationalize themselves into in the first place.” Robinson’s appearance on the panel exemplifies this credo par excellence.
Let’s go to the highlights and begin with part of her opening statement-
This is the perfect example of the catastrophizing we have become so used to on the left but has reached Mary Lou Retton levels of perfection in the trans movement. “We have accepted that this state is not safe; it is like a war zone.”
I need more details on this. Like a shitty Iraq circa 2006 warzone? Or like an awesome Call of Duty video game Warzone?
Speaking of “war zones,” let’s examine the three LGBTQ+ hate crimes constantly invoked as proof of this Apocolypse Now situation.
Let’s examine each of these claims in turn-
When I was in High School, the murder of 21-year-old, University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard was seen as an inflection point for gay people in the US. The story at the time was that Shepard was killed in Laramie, Wyoming, for no reason other than being gay and that he represented the untold numbers of gay men murdered in the US every year for the same senseless reason. Anyone in school at the time likely remembers it as a significant turning point in the discussion about what being gay in America meant.
Except, it turns out that being gay was likely not the reason Matthew was murdered. The reason, instead, was that Shepard was a meth dealer, and other drug dealers wanted to steal his stash. The facts in support of this argument are made in the 2013 book The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths about the Murder of Matthew Shepard by journalist Stephen Jimenez.
To pick out one example from the book of why this narrative is suspect is that one of his murderers was gay himself.
Here is an excerpt from an interview with Flint Waters, a member of Laramie’s police force at the time:
I believe to this day that McKinney and Henderson [the men who killed Shepard] were trying to find Matthew’s house so they could steal his drugs. It was fairly well known in the Laramie community that McKinney wouldn’t be one that was striking out of a sense of homophobia. Some of the officers I worked with had caught him in a sexual act with another man, so it didn’t fit – none of that made any sense.
Despite these facts being known for a decade, the narrative of the faithful has not changed.
Pulse Nightclub Shooting
In 2016 Omar Mateen walked into the Pulse Nightclub, an LGBT-oriented club, in Orlando, Florida, and murdered 49 people. Initially, it seemed to be a clear-cut case of a gay hate crime; however, as explained in a 2018 article in The Intercept, Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain lay out the case about how “[t]he view that Mateen deliberately targeted the LGBT community is almost certainly false.”
They convincingly argue that Mateen shot up Pulse because he was a Jihadist who had vowed allegiance to ISIS, and the fact Pulse was a gay club was purely coincidental.
From the article:
Critically, what is missing from all of Mateen’s comments — from his online decrees, his talks with police negotiators during the attack, and statements made to his victims and survivors at the club — is glaring and revealing: At no point during the hours of his attack on Pulse did Mateen even mention, let alone rail against, LGBT people. Even as he massacred 49 people inside a gay club, surrounded by gay people, there were no reports from survivors that he had uttered a single anti-gay epithet or homophobic remark, or in any way referenced LGBT people. None of his statements explaining his motives and cause for the attack make any reference to targeting the gay community or any judgments about homosexuality.
The same is true of his extensive conversations with law enforcement officials and his Facebook postings regarding the shooting spree: They were filled with pledges of loyalty to ISIS and other extremist groups in the region, along with denunciations of U.S. aggression in the region, but not a single word about LGBT people. “You kill innocent women and children by doing us airstrikes,” Mateen wrote on Facebook. “Now taste the Islamic state vengeance.”
Q Nightclub Shooting
The most recent of these crimes is the shooting at another LGBT-oriented club, Q Nightclub in Colorado Springs, CO, where Anderson Lee Aldrich shot and killed five people in December of 2022.
At least in this case, there is evidence of the killer’s hatred of gay people, as demonstrated by his neo-Nazi website. However, it is also true that he identifies as non-binary and attempts to demand that we use they/them pronouns for this singular person.
Further, there also seem to be other oddities in Aldrich’s life surrounding the LGBT community, such as:
Investigators also heard from an acquaintance that Aldrich said their mother, Laura Voepel, is nonbinary and forced them to go to LGBTQ clubs, [Detective Rebecca] Joines testified during the hearing…
To summarize, it is Robinson’s position that the US is a “war zone” for LGBT people, yet of the three cases she uses to defend her narrative, two seem to have motives other than killing LGBT people, and the third has significant complicating factors.
In such a “war zone” of a county, I would think that Robinson could find more apparent cases to make her point.
Ignoring those inconvenient facts, how do we stop the “war zone” from spreading? Take the guns, obvs…
Why can’t they ever just stick to the thing? Why can’t a leftist organization stick to whatever they are fighting for and not feel the need to take on the entire woke cultist agenda?
I get that Robinson leads the HRC and is paid to advocate for her “community,” (whatever that means), but why should I, or anyone else, care about her thought about gun control? Or schools? Or nuclear energy? Or AI policy? We shouldn’t, but if she was asked, do you think Robinson would hesitate to voice her opinion about how climate change is a particular threat to LGBT people? Or about how January 6th was explicitly an assault on the LGBT community? I tend to doubt it.
Now let’s talk about everyone’s favorite topic - gender:
Your honor, as proof of the existence of an infinite number of genders, Ms. Robinson would like to call to the stand…women wearing pants…
This is where things start to go haywire.
Issac Newton’s third law of physics, that “every action has an equal and opposite reaction,” also applies to public policy; Reasonable policy will be met with a reasonable response and “get the padded cell ready, I’ve got a live one here” policy will be met with the equally extreme reaction.
The average American is probably with Robinson up until this point. Every rational person wants LGBT people to be safe, treated equally, and have their civil rights recognized. But when people start hearing this, frankly, batshit crazy lunacy coming from the head of one of the best-known civil rights organizations in the world, they start questioning everything else that was said before it and wonder if they were being gaslit the entire time.
How about Robinson’s thoughts on the highly controversial discussion of the difference between women and men…
When you are asked, “is there a difference between men and women” and your response is, “I’m just putting it into context of the conversation we are having,” you have lost the plot. And more than that, I wonder if Robinson realizes she is doing far more to hurt her cause than to help it.
Now to the clip from the hearing that has gone viral, with former NCAA swimmer and Lia (Will) Thomas competitor Riley Gaines nonchalantly embarrassing Robinson’s willful ignorance.
Finally, as a special gift to all the Sub/Verses readers, I had to include a clip from the dimmest lightbulb in the Senate chandelier, Hawaiian Senator Mazie Hirono.
In a 21-second clip uses the terms “so-called male” and “so-called female” sports four times. She truly is a special kind of stupid.