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Letter: Conservatives should worry less about imagined threats in bathrooms
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In his recent letter, Jim Threlkeld described ugly examples of unintended consequences of the Obama administration’s advisory opinion on gender rights relative to use of restrooms and locker rooms.

It’s worth noting that anyone who enters a restroom for the perverted reasons Threlkeld described probably isn’t going to be stopped by a law, an advisory opinion or a placard on the door.

Threlkeld called the opinion one-sided, but he didn’t cover the flip-side of the issue. Specifically, what laws protect users of restrooms and locker rooms from abuse by same-sex offenders?

For example, conservatives have been vocal opponents of gay rights including gay marriage, and frequently refer to the “homosexual agenda.” a broad term for conservative perceptions of LGBT rights. But Threlkeld apparently isn’t as concerned about the possibility of same-sex abusers ogling or attacking victims as he seems to be for opposite-sex perverts he described in his letter.

For example, Dennis Hastert, former speaker of the House, has a known history of homosexual abuse of boys and young men, and yet Threlkeld and the GOP have not passed any law I am aware of to keep Hastert out of the little boys room.

If Threlkeld is going to paint lurid images of unintended consequences of the Obama advisory opinion in his argument, I think it’s only fair to ask why he hasn’t made the same effort to protect our boys from Dennis Hastert.

Recent revelations indicate Hastert was known to have set up a reclining chair in the boy’s locker room of a school where he coached, where he would sit with a direct view of young men in the showers. This is not an imaginary scenario like those in Threlkeld’s letter.

Unfortunately, he ignores this side of the issue and focuses instead on events from his own imagination that he wants to share with us.

If you’ve heard the beat of conservative war drums, you might believe Democrats will raise your taxes, take your guns, legalize marijuana, shred the Constitution, burn the Bible, marry the gays, make friends with our enemies and now — this.

Is Threlkeld really concerned for people he described in his letter, or is he pushing a political agenda to drive conservative voter turnout in the fall election?

This might explain why we commonly hear of strange laws like North Carolina’s bathroom-Nazi bill only in election years.

That law doesn’t even have a defined method of enforcement. Did North Carolina intend to post guards at restrooms to check every user’s birth certificate? Frankly, the law sounds more like a belligerent political statement than a solution to any real problem. And that’s my point.

It is perhaps poetic justice that Dennis Hastert presided over the Republican-led impeachment of President Bill Clinton for lying under oath about his sexual relationship with Monica Lewinski. After that shameful and embarrassing circus, you might think the purveyors of these manipulative charades would have folded their tent. Sadly no.

As P.T. Barnum said, there’s a sucker born every minute.

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