Southern Baptist Kentucky Governor Characterizes Proposed Bathroom Bill as ‘Silly’

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin characterized a proposed bathroom bill on Friday as “silly,” stating he doesn’t believe it is necessary to create government rules about restroom usage.

“Why? Why would we? Why would anybody need it? Is it an issue? Is there anyone you know in Kentucky who has trouble going to the bathroom?” Bevin said during a press conference in which he reviewed his first year in office, as well as plans for the upcoming year. “Seriously. Have you heard of one person in Kentucky having trouble taking care of business in Kentucky?”

“The last thing we need is more government rules,” he continued. “I’m cutting red tape, not creating it. Making government rules for things that don’t even need government rules would be silly.”

Sen. Al Robertson, R-London, who has proposed bills to require residents to use the restroom that correlates with their biological gender, has stated that he plans to introduce the effort again the next legislative session. When noted that North Carolina’s bathroom bill resulted in backlash from several large companies and organizations, he did not flinch.

“Unfortunately they (homosexual and transgender advocacy groups) have control of some things that are near and dear to our hearts, but if that’s the price of our First Amendment right, I’m willing to pay it,” Robertson told local radio station WKYU-FM.

Robertson sponsored a religious freedom bill earlier in the year that serves to protect businesses from punishment if they decline to fulfill certain orders because of their religious convictions. It passed the Senate 22-16.

“There’s more people that are backing down when they should not be backing down for the sake of the threats and the financial threats,” he said. “And to me there’s some price that’s just not worth paying.”

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A bathroom bill sponosored by Sen. C.B. Embry Jr., R-Morgantown, passed the Senate 27-9 in February, but was later stopped in the House.

Bevin said this week that he believes legislative time should be spent on issues “that have been bottled up for years,” rather than matters surrounding where those who identify as transgender use the restroom. He provided the examples of the establishment of charter schools and the avoidance of union dues.

Bevin, a Southern Baptist, had similarly referred to the issue as “nonsense” last December.

“If people want to spend all the time in Frankfort worrying about who uses which bathroom in the public schools, that day is over,” he said. “I’m just telling you right now. I have no tolerance or interest in that kind of nonsense. None. Those things matter to some, but they sure don’t matter relative to everything else that needs to be addressed in this state. We are going to prioritize. We are going to have a sense of purpose.”

However, Bevin was among those who joined a lawsuit this year against the Obama administration’s mandate that public schools allow students to use the restroom that correlates with their “internal sense of gender.”

“The Obama administration’s transgender policy ‘guidelines’ are an absurd federal overreach into a local issue,” he said.


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  • Guest254

    Just as he said it, “silly.” I’m sure some will try to argue some profound entangled word play to object.

  • OldBut YoungMoney

    This is stupid. Men use the men’s women the women’s. I thought this guy was solid.

  • Nidalap

    In the past, it would have been silly.
    Now, it’s just a necessary precaution against the encroaching insanity…

  • Reason2012

    “Why? Why would we? Why would anybody need it? Is it an issue?”
    When kids and little girls are molested by predators, perverts and/or pedophiles, all because sexual_perversion activists demand the “right” for men who ‘feel’ like a woman to walk in with them, and you get sued, then you’ll realize why it’s needed.

    • Ambulance Chaser

      Luckily, that has never happened.

      • Jason Todd

        Baldfaced liar.

        • Ambulance Chaser

          Then you should have no trouble showing me an example.

          • Jason Todd

            Look below. You are going to tell me you did not know about this?

    • Jenny Ondioline

      And that has happened where?

      • Reason2012

        Before I point it out, are you claiming to have searched and found no cases?

        • Jenny Ondioline

          Correct.

          • Reason2012

            Let’s do Target: soon after making it “legal” there for a man to go into women’s restrooms: search “man arrested target bathroom” – one for exposing himself another for taking photos of women in there.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            And that was a story you read here with more holes in it than Swiss cheese.

          • Jason Todd

            Liar. I did a Google search with the words, “Target,” “bathroom” and “arrest,” and the very first item that popped up was the story of one Sean Patrick Smith, who self-identifies as Shauna Patricia Smith, caught taking photos of a woman inside an Idaho Target womens’ dressing room in July of this year.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            The incident was written up on snopes dot com as well: “Likely neither the gender status of the suspect or the dressing area was a significant factor in this crime. A perpetrator wearing a wig and a dress (as the suspect in this case was) could probably get into a dressing area and take pictures of women without initially raising alarm, regardless of whether the dressing area was women-only or unisex, and regardless of whether the perpetrator was genuinely transgender or not.”

          • Jason Todd

            That is a personal opinion, not related to actual facts.

            Starting with the fact you were caught flat-out lying, which compromises your own credibility.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            It isn’t lying to point out as many have that a reported story is suspect which I have stated from the beginning.

          • Jason Todd

            No, hon. Don’t try to play games with someone who knows how to read and is generally smarter than you.

            You said you did not find a story about transgendered people being arrested for taking pictures in the ladies’ room. The fact I did exactly that means you did not look. In short, you lied. And you got caught.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            Arrogance and smugness doesn’t mean “smarter”.
            I stand by my statement. I did not find a story. I found a joke masquerading as a story.

  • https://www.facebook.com/dailyjournalofnews/ GhostOwl

    Best Kentucky governor ever had in along time, inheriting loads of corruption from previous governors. This is a “SILLY” legislation when there is tons of other fish to fry. If a person is transgender, that person has a mental illness, we should NOT pet these people and tell them that it’s OK to be transgender, if anyone supports this evil agenda, you are leading them straight into the devil’s mouth. They need professional help and heavy counseling and much prayers!!!

    • Ambulance Chaser

      Transgender people need counseling? Please summarize the appropriate course of talk therapy that has successfully cured transgender people and cite your evidence.

      • https://www.facebook.com/dailyjournalofnews/ GhostOwl

        What would be your suggestion? Shoot them? Pat them on the back? Support them and say its normal? Calling them heroes? Guide them into counseling for a mental illness?

        • Ambulance Chaser

          Why don’t you answer my question?

        • TheKingOfRhye

          I’d choose a slightly modified version of your third option. Support them, and say, while it’s not “normal,” it’s okay.

          You do know it is sometimes OK to not be normal, right? I mean, is anyone truly “normal”? Normal is way overrated, I think…..Is being normal some great thing to aspire to? I’m normal in the senses that I’m cisgendered and heterosexual I guess, but there’s plenty of other ways in which I am frankly not normal. And I’m just fine with that. If everyone was “normal,” the world would be a truly boring place.

          • Bob Johnson

            “The Unknown Citizen” by W.H. Auden

          • TheKingOfRhye

            Nice. I like the last few lines.

            Was he free? Was he happy? The question is absurd:
            Had anything been wrong, we should certainly have heard.

          • TheKingOfRhye

            “Think about the average, what use have they for you?”

            2112 by Rush. (one of the best albums ever!…..oh, and totally inspired by Ayn Rand’s Anthem. I kinda used to be a “Randroid” but I’ve backed off on that somewhat….in that I’m not quite as much of a lassez-faire capitalist as I used to be, but I did always and still do like the things she said about individuality)

          • TheKingOfRhye

            Uh, I got that line wrong, by the way. It’s “elder race” not “average”……lol

          • Jason Todd

            No. It is not okay. Rationalizing mental illness as a means to a sociopolitical end is in and of itself one of the highest expressions of pure insanity. And yet, “g-ys,” lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered are grouped together for a reason.

          • TheKingOfRhye

            I don’t view gays or lesbian, etc, as mentally ill in the first place. I don’t advocate for LGBT rights as some sort “sociopolitical end”, I do it because I think it’s the right thing to do.

          • Jason Todd

            That is only because you think it is right. Which begs the question of how long will it be before you extend the same asinine thinking to pedophiles.

          • TheKingOfRhye

            “That is only because you think it is right.”

            Well, yeah, that’s kinda what I said…….

            First of all, totally wrong usage of the term “begs the question” but uh…..that’s beside the point, I guess.

            Second of all, the reason why I don’t support pedophiles but I do support LGBT rights? One word……excuse me, two words; informed consent. Something that, by definition, children cannot give.

          • Jason Todd

            Well, yeah, that’s kinda what I said…….

            Only you are missing the point. It is you that thinks it is right. Who told you it was right?

            Second of all, the reason why I don’t support pedophiles but I do support LGBT rights? One word……excuse me, two words; informed consent.

            Meanwhile you have the New York Times and Salon busily trying to rationalize the practice. To them, it’s a mental illness, not a crime. And since you yourself admitted you are willing to rationalize mental illness if it seems fit to you, I am certain consent will soon become just as irrelevant.

          • TheKingOfRhye

            “Who told you it was right?”

            Wow. Is that all you base what is right or wrong on? What someone told you it is?

            You might have just hit on the big difference between theists and atheists, I guess. I base my sense of right and wrong on reason, not what someone told me. Well, that’s not quite right….I mean, in some sense, yes, I base my morals on how I’ve been brought up, what my parents and other role models have told me, but I don’t regard that as the ultimate authority that can never be challenged.

          • Jason Todd

            I see. So you decide for yourself what is right and wrong.

            You know, there are buildings all over the world just full of people who feel the same way you do.

            They’re called prisons.

          • TheKingOfRhye

            Look it up…..atheists are generally underepresented in the prison population.

          • Jason Todd

            Could not care less. I block you now. Goodbye.

          • TheKingOfRhye

            for disagreeing with you, and having some logical points?

          • Ambulance Chaser

            Because he can’t answer you.

          • Jason Todd

            Because I lost interest in the morally vacant.

          • TheKingOfRhye

            No, you’re the morally vacant one, if all you base your morals on is what the authority told you it is.

          • TheKingOfRhye

            This reminds me of an interesting philosophical question I heard about. It’s called the Euthyprho dilemma. Basically, it’s an argument about morality, and what is the ultimate source of it, if there is one.

            Is what God says is moral because He said it, or is what God says is moral because it’s moral?

          • Jenny Ondioline

            Pedophilia is wrong because a child cannot consent therefore it is an act of abuse…and no one is going to change that. Consent. Look it up.

          • Jason Todd

            Tell that to the media outlets trying to normalize it.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            Are you a conspiracy theorist?

          • Jason Todd

            Jenny, you need to seriously leave your bubble and start looking around for a change.

            Huffington Post. Salon. New York Times. These news outlets have published articles aimed at rationalizing pedophilia. Look them up.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            No, I think what has happened is you have failed to understand the point those articles make. Some of them may be trying to say that pedophilia is a condition that cannot be helped. But they are NOT saying that we should simply allow pedophiles to abuse children, and I defy you to find ANY one of those news outlets demanding that pedophiles have the right to do so.

          • Jason Todd

            How would you know if you haven’t read them?

          • Jenny Ondioline

            I know because I have read them. You really should not make assumptions.

          • Jason Todd

            You also said you couldn’t find a news story about a transgendered person being arrested for taking pictures of women in a ladies’ room.

            So, no, I don’t believe you.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            And I was right, I found a news story debunked by Snopes as garbage.

          • Jason Todd

            1) You lied.

            2) Snopes offered an opinion. Not facts. The story was carried in various outlets including the Idaho media.

            He was convicted by the way.

            See, it doesn’t matter what you or the lefty imbeciles at Scopes think. Facts don’t care about your feelings.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            I think you need to read the Snopes quote again. Either you are deliberately ignoring it or you are engaging in some desperate and sad lying of your own. No one is claiming she wasn’t convicted, but all the right wing media outlets including the garbage one you located who reported the story are attempting to put a spin on the story intended to distort the truth.

          • Jason Todd

            Oh, bullspit.

            Only in your world does opinion equal fact.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            You’re lying – badly, and quite obviously.

          • Bob Johnson

            Your assumption that LGBT is a mental illness does not buy you anything. Or are you willing to limit the rights of other mentally ill people, such as Tourette’s syndrome?

          • Jason Todd

            What does Tourette’s have to do with anything? R-E-L-E-V-A-N-C-E, people. It isn’t that hard.

          • Bob Johnson

            There are literally hundreds of different mental illnesses from relatively benign (Tourette’s) to sever, are you willing to deny human rights to all of them?

            Oh and by the way, in the past being left-handed was a mental illness.

          • TheKingOfRhye

            Something I have recently diagonsed with was probably considered a mental illness at times…..or at the least, diagnosed with something like “he just aint right”….lol

          • Jason Todd

            And I said your comment is not relevant as it has nothing to do with anything.

            Homosexuality is a behavior. The fact people wish to identify themselves by that behavior…the pride parades…indicates a mental illness. Further, political pressure is what removed homosexuality from the DSM.

            This is not a human rights issue. Period.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            No, homosexuality is not a behavior. It is a state of being. You can be homosexual, which is to say attracted to the same gender, and never touch another person your entire life.

            Political pressure had nothing to do with declassification of homosexuality. In the 1970s homosexuals had practically no clout at all, and it’s ridiculous to think you can lobby a body of science. It was declassified because of better data and evidence that came to light.

          • Jason Todd

            No, homosexuality is not a behavior. It is a state of being.

            So is pedophilia.

            Political pressure had nothing to do with declassification of homosexuality.

            False.

            https://homosexualityandscience (dot)wordpress (dot)com/2013/09/14/the-truth-on-how-homosexuality-was-removed-from-the-dsm-by-apa-commentary-on-dr-yiks-response-to-lawrence-khong/

          • Jenny Ondioline

            Pedophilia is not relevant to this discussion. We are talking about homosexuality. You are correct that pedophilia is also a state of mind, but it IS one that should not be acted on to protect an innocent from abuse.
            That link of yours has been around forever and is known as a PRATT (Previously Refuted a Thousand Times).

          • Jason Todd

            I’ll bet.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            “Mental illness”? Are you serious?
            No one has tried to make that fly for at least 50 years.

          • Jason Todd

            Have you been to a pride parade?

            Absolutely mental illness.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            Just your opinion. And by the way, MANY homosexuals don’t go to pride parades.

          • Jason Todd

            If you look at pride parades and say there’s nothing wrong, what does that say about you?

          • Jenny Ondioline

            It says that I understand empathy and tolerance for people who take part in pride parades to stand up to the bigotry they have been forced to live with. It’s not real hard to do by the way. You should try it.

          • Jason Todd

            We are talking about people who look like sissified clowns, if they are wearing clothes at all.

            There is a photo of a guy shoving his genitals into the face of a rather disapproving boy.

            Yeah. Shame on me for not having empathy and tolerance for this.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            And if you think people shoving their genitals into people’s faces is typical of a pride parade, I’d like to know how many pride parades you’ve ACTUALLY encountered. I personally don’t care what they wear, let them be as outrageous as Cher or Lady Gaga. Doesn’t affect my life at all.

          • Jason Todd

            But it DID happen! Why did it happen at all?

          • Jenny Ondioline

            Because one person was an idiot, and you want to take that idiot and make him representative of an entire “movement”.

          • Jason Todd

            But I am sure you would blame all gun owners and the NRA for a mass shooting, right?

          • Jenny Ondioline

            No, why would anyone?

      • Jason Todd

        Transgender people need counseling?

        Yes. They do. The origins of transgenderism are psychological, not biological.

        Stefonknee Wolscht is all the proof you will ever need.

        • Ambulance Chaser

          “Stefonknee Wolscht” is not an argument. It’s a name.

          • Jason Todd

            If you don’t know how to use Google, I cannot help you.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            I did Google her. What I didn’t find was your point.

          • Jason Todd

            That’s because you are being intellectually dishonest.

            And it’s him, by the way, as he is a biological male pretending to be a six-year-old girl.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            So you’re not going to explain then. Got it.

          • Jason Todd

            Stop playing games. You are not smart enough to keep this going.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            You’re the one who has consistently failed to present an argument.

          • Jason Todd

            Dude, you won’t win an argument by engaging in intellectual dishonesty. My point was made immediately and clearly. You claim to be a lawyer so you can understand legalese but not

            Yes. They do. The origins of transgenderism are psychological, not biological.

            Stefonknee Wolscht is all the proof you will ever need.

            Of course, this display only indicates you cannot dispute a single word I said. Hence the intellectual dishonesty.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            You haven’t said anything yet. Stefoknee Wolscht does not prove anything other than Stefonkee Wolscht exists.

          • Jason Todd

            *smh* You just won’t let go, will you?

            You lost the argument. Drop it.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            I “lost the argument?” You mean because I refused to make your point and research the facts to back it up for you?

          • Jenny Ondioline

            I notice you enjoy telling people they lost the argument when you are being humiliated, and you lie and call others liars. That’s awfully reminiscent of what “Guest” who posts here does, are you him?

          • Jason Todd

            Well, saying something you know to be factually untrue is a lie, is it not?

            Look, just because you live in a fantasy world where everything is subjective, including veracity, doesn’t mean the rest of the world has to live in it. You are blocked.

  • Roy Hobs

    “Common Sense” ……. An Endangered Species.

  • Robert

    See this is the very reason we don’t have public bathrooms in New Mexico . And what tree hugging should really be about…

  • PilgrimGirl

    I’m a female who would like to keep male genitalia out of all female restrooms and locker rooms. However, legislation can only, at best, correct the symptoms to the problem.