The Daily show visited Eureka Springs Arkansas to follow-up on reports of Christian pastors being discriminated against since May of this year. What they found will astound you, but first the back story.
Eureka Spring Arkansas citizens overwhelmingly voted in May to keep a city ordinance explicitly banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The city law is in direct defiance of the new state law banning municipalities from enacting non-discrimination policies which cover minorities not included in state law.
Amazingly the state law did not ban discrimination against Christians or their pastors due to the vagueness of the wording.
Christian pastors have been thrown out by local businesses after they were seen entering their bathrooms. Well, not really, in fact not at all.
Once again it’s all about the bathrooms and transgender people who need to pee.
Media Matters reports that the myth that male sexual predators use non-discrimination laws to sneak into women’s restrooms has been repeatedly debunked by experts, but it remains a tremendously popular conservative attack on legal protections for LGBT people.
Unfortunately, mainstream media outlets tend to treat the “bathroom” myth as if it were true, uncritically repeating it in their coverage of LGBT non-discrimination laws.
Fears that non-discrimination laws will punish Christians or let men sneak into women’s restrooms are as ridiculous as they are pervasive. Media outlets would serve their audiences better by following The Daily Show‘s lead and treating right-wing attacks on LGBT non-discrimination laws as the jokes they really are