In these Xenophobic times, we should recognize that Razing Babel was a blessing not a curse. The punishment of imprisonment within a single, narrow tongue proves much, much worse than the inconvenience of dealing with others who don't speak our native language. Here's why:
With HB 2, Pat McCrory fleeces every worker of employment protections including the right to sue in state court for discrimination based on "race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex or handicap."
Ever since North Carolina's state government was taken over by tea party Republicans, people in the Tar Heel State have become used to seeing their state making national headlines for all the wrong reasons.
I have seen many "conservatives" thank McCrory online for House Bill 2 because they say it supports God's will. A Bill that takes away remedies for religious discrimination is not godly. It is ungodly.
Bathroom politics are not a joke. When women first went into the workforce in industrial America, women's bathrooms were a win for working class women and families who were already vulnerable to sexual and economic violence.
This isn't about public safety, or protecting anyone from transgender people. This is about trying to erase a group of people that aren't easily understood. And in addition to that, it's been a wildly successful smokescreen for the other things laws like HB2 accomplish.
HB2 cannot become a cancerous model that spreads throughout the country, or even one referenced abroad as a way to justify even more extreme forms of discrimination against the already marginalized LGBT community.