New Orleans Saints tight end and professing Christian Benjamin Watson posted a strongly worded reflection on North Carolina’s House Bill 2, which requires transgender individuals to use public restrooms and changing facilities that correspond to their biological sex.
In the piece posted to Facebook over the weekend, Watson says that he has been reflecting on the so-called “bathroom bill” for a long time but notes that he was careful to read the legislation in its entirety before sharing his thoughts, something that many of the bill’s critics and proponents failed to do.
“Many times conversation becomes mired in false, naive, and underdeveloped arguments such as claims that gender and race are analogous when that could not be further from the truth,” he offers as an example of a poorly thought-out argument.
By appealing to personal experiences and feelings, Watson argues that people often become disillusioned and forget what truth is.
“What’s disheartening is that we are buying the lie that feelings trump all else and that how one feels can only be accepted and celebrated instead of addressed and challenged,” he writes. “When we justify or condemn laws and creeds because of the level of anticipated effects on ‘my life’ we miss the point.”
Watson adds that the fear of being condemned for holding an unpopular opinion has kept many from discussing the bill in any meaningful way:
Tolerance and inclusivity has somehow turned into the very thing it claims not to be and is quite often characterized by name-calling and accusations of bigotry and hatred. Although it sometimes does, fundamental disagreement does not NECESSARILY mean hate is involved. But the immense fear of being associated with these smartly and strategically used labels forces many choose to be silent at a time when it matters most.
His message critiques people on both ends of the HB2 debate for not being interested in truth unless it confirms their own bias. This, Watson believes, is because truth demands submission.
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SOURCE: The Blaze