Now the NBA is Getting in On the Transgender Restroom Issue? Really?

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This will not be the well-written piece I’ve produced because it’s an emotional response to something I’ve recently read. I’ve gotten away from doing these things, but is a venue where I get to exercise my right to vent.

So this is what our society has come to. Incredible, isn’t it?

This transgender issue–about restrooms no less–is really get out of hand in America. And now the NBA is joining in on this dangerous issue, including Charles Barkley. That’s just turible, Charles, turible (terrible).

Read this letter from Senator Jeff Merkley to the commissioner of the NBA about pulling the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte because the state of North Carolina has passed the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act (appropriately named) and designed for individuals to use the restroom facilities of their own gender. Of course, the LGBT community sees this as an act of discrimination and intolerance, but there’s no surprise there.

And guess what state Sen. Merkley is from? You guessed it, Oregon, where bakeries and florists aren’t allowed to hold true to their Christian convictions.


“On Tuesday, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory filed an executive order that extends further protections to state employees based on sexual orientation and gender identity, but left intact the bulk of the law, known as House Bill 2 (HB2).

McCrory also said he will ask lawmakers to file legislation later this month allowing people to sue in state court over discrimination. That right had been wiped out by the law.

But the statement said that his order will maintain gender-specific restroom and locker-room access in government buildings and schools. He once again condemned a Charlotte ordinance passed earlier this year that allowed transgender people to use bathrooms corresponding to their gender identity, calling it “a solution in search of a problem.”

I lived in Charlotte for eight years, eight years in which McCrory was mayor of the city. That last statement of his is right on the money.

The same tragedy is happening in Atlanta where that city could miss out on one of three upcoming Super Bowls because of what the secular media calls, “anti-gay rights legislation.” That phrase alone is so twisted and wrong I can’t even begin to describe it.

In reality, it’s the Pastor Protection Act, which has already passed in a few states and which the Georgia legislation would let churches and pastors refuse to perform same-sex marriages.

I applaud both the state of North Carolina and the state of Georgia for their stances in this matter. There will be a lot of pressure come to bear on both, especially because the Super Bowl and the NBA All-Star game are huge revenue producers for the cities and states in which they play. I’ll be anxious to see if both states are able to stand their ground in the midst of the media onslaught, not to mention the LGBT onslaught, they are about to face.

Will these people stand by the Bible and the truth of God’s Word, or will they buckle under the society’s pressure? Let’s see what happens.

And as I always like to say, “there is that.”

Step Out of the Boat is a ministry created by Charisma Media Online Manging Editor Shawn A. Akers and dedicated to helping Christ followers strengthen their faith to get beyond their comfort zone and come to a more intimate relationship with Jesus. With its articles, podcasts and other forms of media, Step Out of the Boat encourages Christ followers to daily reach to a higher level in their calling. Please visit You can contact him at

Shawn A. Akers is the online managing editor at Charisma Media. He is a published poet and published a story about Dale Earnhardt in NASCAR Chicken Soup for the Soul. You can read his blog here. To sign up for his newsletter, “Step Out of the Boat,” and other Charisma newsletters, click here. You can also listen to his podcasts, the Javelin Sports Show, on the Charisma Podcast Network.



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