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Standing Pat

On July 25, 2017, the Texas Legislature has taken a major step toward restricting transsexual bathroom access in public schools. The Republican-led state Senate gave its final approval to the bathroom bill after more than nine hours of debate.

The bill now moves to the state House of Representatives, where it faces an uncertain fate. While social conservatives led by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick dominate the GOP in the upper chamber, the pro-business wing of the party holds greater sway in the lower one. House Speaker Joe Straus has spoken out publicly against bathroom legislation, warning of potential boycotts that could hurt the Texas economy.

But this is much fuss about nothing. If Texans want to protect the privacy of all citizens, a simple solution to the problem is to allow all persons to use the pubic restroom of their choice. This way there is no discrimination against any and the responsibility for ensuring safety within the facility falls to the same party that ensures cleanliness, the provider of the service. Here are the major options.

Single-user restroom facilities. As only one person uses the restroom at a time there is no problem with mixed genders. This is happening now in some commercial establishments.

Multi-user facilities could offer completely private toilet stalls for users to allow all genders to use the facility at the same time. All genders would use the same sinks and mirrors. This approach might present some problems in grade school and below, but nothing that cannot be overcome with appropriate orientation and training.

Of course, a third option is to allow all persons to use the restroom of their choice without any modification to existing restrooms. The provider of the service would still be responsible for safety and cleanliness. My guess to is none will want to assume this responsibility.

But the real questions here are; Is there any reason for this bill? Was there any reason for the law enacted by several of Texas' major cities allowing transsexuals to use the public restroom of their choice? Had men been prevented or apprehended for walking into women's restrooms? Should they have been?

The restroom bill put into effect in several of Texas's larger cities allow transsexuals to use the public restroom of their choice. Only transsexuals? Why not all persons, to be truly nondiscriminatory? After all, being transsexual is a self declared condition. It's not a diagnosed condition. There is no official dress or identification or period of gestation for membership of this group, nor should there be.

So if the condition requires legislation lets be sure such legislation does not discriminate against any.

Or, we can simply accept that there will always be those who seek attention for whatever differences they perceive they live with. But we do not have to side with them. We do not have to create alternate standards for them. They must remain fully responsible for approaching God and working out their differences. There is no need for us to take sides in this argument. If we do, we must side with God.

The first chapter of the book of Romans (verses 17-32) lays out a clear argument here. Since the beginning time it has been easy to understand God and His rules because they are made clear in what God has made. There has never been a need for anyone to explain God. And we shouldn't now. We simply side with Him. Confess His word to be true.

Romans 1:28-32 (ETRV) 28 People did not think it was important to have a true knowledge of God. So God left them and allowed them to have their own worthless thinking. And so they do what they should not do. 29 They are filled with every kind of sin, evil, greed, and hatred. They are full of jealousy, murder, fighting, lying, and thinking the worst things about each other. They gossip 30 and say evil things about each other. They hate God. They are rude, proud, and brag about themselves. They invent ways of doing evil. They don't obey their parents, 31 they are foolish, they don't keep their promises, and they show no kindness or mercy to others. 32 They know God's law says that anyone who lives like that should die. But they not only continue to do these things themselves, but they also encourage others who do them.

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