Thursday, March 1, 2018

Q Toon: Our Menu Hasn't Changed

Paul Berge
Q Syndicate
✍Mar 1, 2018

In the aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre, the Florida legislature famously leapt into action to protect Florida students from the threat of deadly pornography.

And it didn't end there. Under the eyes of the surviving students, the Florida legislature went on to require the prominent posting of "In God We Trust" in all Florida classrooms. The gun control measures being urged by those students were quickly shelved because, unlike advertising Christianity on the wall, they wouldn't be 100% effective against future gun violence.

Well, to be fair, they also voted to approve letting Miss Othmar pack a pistol in class.

But let us not single out the Florida legislature for their commitment to non-responsive measures.

Republican legislators in Indiana are pushing a "No Promo Homo" bill, SB 65, that would explicitly prohibit the positive portrayal of homosexuality in schools. Ballot measures in Alaska, Alabama, Massachusetts and Montana seek to prevent or overturn state and local anti-discrimination laws based on gender identity in public places such as hotels, restaurants and stores.

Pennsylvania lawmakers have repeatedly tried to bar transition-related health coverage under Pennsylvania’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). New Hampshire lawmakers are considering a set of bills that to bar Medicaid from paying for transition-related care, prohibit minors from obtaining gender confirmation surgery and allow medical practitioners to decline to treat patients on the basis of  “their religious, moral, or ethical convictions.”

"Bathroom bills" are still being pushed in Kentucky, where one out of every five legislators is a sponsor of one bill, in Iowa, and in Wisconsin. Yet pushback against these bills is not limited to the LGBTQ community alone; business and industry have come to the defense of their LGBTQ employees and prospects — so much so that there appears to be little interest in resurrecting bathroom bills that have already been defeated in Georgia and Texas.

They have more important things to worry about, after all.

The President is coming for their guns.

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