Changes are afoot across this great nation of ours. Some of them are for the better, while others leave a lot to be desired.
The meteoric rise of politically correct culture falls into the latter category. While it’s always good manners to be mindful of saying things that can be construed as offensive, a slippery slope is opened up when the rules are constantly changing.
The increasing use of preferred gender pronouns is a perfect example of that. Flashing back to simpler times, referring to a male as ‘he’ or ‘him’ was perfectly fine, as was referencing a female as ‘her’ or ‘she.’
Fast forward to today, and that’s not always the case. If the person in question prefers to be called something else, you run the risk of running afoul of the culture police. It’s even getting to the point that it could be an actual crime.
As CBN News shares, a bill has been introduced in California that’s known as the “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Long-Term Care Facility Resident’s Bill of Rights.”
Staff members that “willfully and repeatedly fail to use a resident’s preferred name or pronouns after being clearly informed of the preferred name or pronouns” could be subjected to fines and jail time, CBN points out.
“Fines for repeat offenders could be as high as $1,000 and a jail term of up to a year,” CBN reports.
Even more alarmingly, there are zero bill carve outs for facilities that are run by religious institutions. If those institutions have deeply ingrained beliefs about gender that are part of its policies and procedures, the message appears to be ‘tough luck.’
California Family Council’s Greg Burt is in opposition to the bill, and he summed the matter up pretty succinctly, as shared by CBN: “It is not respectful to threaten people with punishment for having sincerely held beliefs that differ from your own,” he said.
We’ll have to wait and see what becomes of this latest brainchild of California leaders, but things are getting awfully scary out there.