MassResistance Update On Monday: Left-wing groups held bizarre press conference at State House supporting transgender bill - have no problem with men in women's restrooms! The Orwellian onslaught against truth -- for the "transgender bill" -- started a day before the July 14 hearing. You almost had to be there to believe it.
Representatives from ten various left-leaning "social work" type groups (see list below) held a press conference at the Grand Staircase of the State House to support the "transgender rights and hate crimes" bill (H1728) and to viciously attack those opposed to it.
See information on the Transgender Bill & hearing on website: http://www.massresistance.org/
But mostly it was a war against common sense and logic. The arguments they gave were like something out of a totalitarian movie. And they reduced the opposition to only one argument (bathroom usage by transgenders), ignoring the many other issues of concern (as laid out in our long study and flier).
One of the strangest parts of it was that virtually no press showed up. It was a propaganda review to a nearly empty house. Besides the homosexual newspaper, we only saw a State House News reporter. And a WGBH camera crew showed up after it was over (and interviewed MassResistance). But it was an eerie prelude to what we can probably expect over the next several weeks.
It was mainly attack after attack against anyone who disagrees with the bill, and particularly the "bathroom bill" label. The safety of women has nothing at all to do with men using women's' bathrooms, they said over and over again.
Christina Knowles, lobbyist for the National Organization of Women (NOW) said that passing the bill was "a simple matter of fairness" and that "opponents of equality" don't understand women's violence and are using the "unfounded fears" of the bathroom issue "simply to push their political agenda." "It's offensive," she stated.
None of the speakers, including Knowles, denied that men would be using women's restrooms under this bill, or that it wouldn't terrify women. They simply made a straw man by saying that "most attacks against women are in the home by someone they know" and that our side "doesn't understand" violence against women. Of course, it's an illogical argument. Just because there is violence against women in other places doesn't mean that this shouldn't be a concern. "Opposing this bill does nothing to protect women and children" their press release stated.
From there, they claim that men dressed as women aren't likely to attack women and children in a women's restroom. Therefore it's "hateful" and "bigoted" for women to be against these men using women's' rest rooms.
"Climate of hatred and oppression that inflames violence", etc., etc.
Toni Troop of Jane Doe, Inc., went even further. She said that calling it a bathroom bill "fosters a climate of hatred and oppression that inflames violence" and "limits civil rights." She went on to say opposing the bill equivalent to "sexism, racism, and homophobia". These are "outdated gender types and prejudices" that are "dangerous for all of us," she said, and are a symptom of "transparent transphobia."
Nancy Scannell of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty Against Children (a group like the ACLU that one assumes is normal until you get to know them) said, "I have never been more proud to be here today. Our mission is to ensure kids have what they need to thrive." She said that the positive message this bill sends is that "There's no safe harbor of hate in Massachusetts."
Another speaker quoted Martin Luther King: "Justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands in the way of love."
"Need to educate the community" (with taxpayers dollars)
Maureen Turley of the City of Boston Women's Commission said they've been working closely with transgender activists and the Mayor of Boston will file a letter supporting this legislation. "No one should be denied justice; no one should be denied protection" she said. "We need to go out and educate the community."
READ their press release here: http://www.massresistance.org/docs/gen/09c/tranny_hearing_0714/press_conf_0713/TransgenderPressConf.pdf
List of groups in pro-transgender coalition: (Can any of these groups be taken seriously after this? We don't think so.)
Mass. NOW Jane Doe, Inc. Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC) City of Boston Women's Commission City of Cambridge Women's Commission League of Women Voters National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Massachusetts National Council of Jewish Women Victim Rights Law Center Women's Bar Association