I do not have a problem with people having their own views. I believe that we should stand up for what we believe and as a Christian; I know that it is sometimes necessary to suffer for those beliefs. But, one might take the time to say what they believe or pronounce their stand to themselves. This way, there is less likely a chance to sound illogical, or in the case of Cirque du Soleil down right stupid.
Christian News reports
On Friday, officials with Cirque du Soleil announced that they were declining to do business in the state of North Carolina because of their strongly-held beliefs that conflict with a newly passed law that requires those who use restrooms at government facilities to select the lavatory that correlates with their birth gender.
“Cirque du Soleil strongly believes in diversity and equality for every individual and is opposed to discrimination in any form. The new HB2 legislation passed in North Carolina is a critical regression to ensuring human rights for all,” the company said in a statement.
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So, what is the natural and unforced conclusion that we must come to when we read this statement? Well, unless there are laws in place to allow transgender people to use whatever facility they like, they are not going to perform in that state. But this leaves the circus with few places to go.
How many states allow men to use women’s facilities and vice versa? In reality, only six states and the District of Columbia have laws explicitly allowing transgender people to use the restroom that corresponds to the sex they identify as according to the ACLU. Other states have laws which include transgender as those protected by nondiscrimination laws but are not clear as to whether this would include the public restroom.
This then would leave forty-three states in which Cirque du Soleil could not perform; that is if they wish to be consistent. But why would they let that little issue of logic get in their way of social change? After all, that is why we go to the Circus, right?