The Washington Post weighed in this morning on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act with a few choice words.
It characterizes ENDA as pushing a "testy" issue in the culture wars: civil rights for transgender workers.
"Testy"? Really? I've heard of a person being testy, or a remark being testy. But an issue? It is intended to communicate something. What might that be?
Merriam Webster says "testy" means easily annoyed, irritable; marked by impatience or ill humor. Perhaps they are suggesting that transgender workers are overly sensitive?
They used another choice word for the rights of transgender workers: "unnerving." Merriam Webster says that one means about the same as "unman" and "emasculate."
Oh, good choice of words, WaPo!
WaPo's reporter, Mary Ann Akers, also said it is doomed. It put its chances of passing the Senate as "slim to none." It didn't mention that a majority of the Senate supports it, that there are 55 likely yes votes, and 9 possibles.
For the record, Akers is the same reporter who recently wrote an article about Majority Whip James Clyburn, a venerable African-American leader.
Congressman Jim Clyburn has been praised as an "unashamed advocate of his constituents" by his hometown newspaper, Columbia's The State, and called the "Carolina Kingmaker" by the Washington-based National Journal. This Sumter native was first elected to serve South Carolina's Sixth Congressional District in 1992, and has been honored by his constituents with an overwhelming majority of the vote in each subsequent election. In the 2002 election with newly drawn district lines, he received 67% of the vote in a 53% minority district.
Clyburn has had a distinguished list of leadership roles during his Congressional service. He was elected co-President of his Freshman class, served as Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference in 1997 and 1998, and most notably was elected in a rare unanimous vote to Chair the Congressional Black Caucus for the 106th Congress. He successfully pushed for integration of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. He has served on many important committees.
What did she choose to highlight about this man's career? His dancing ability. Seriously. She put a video up with the article showing the Majority Whip dancing. And she touted his ability in sports. Stereotype much?
So of course, she quotes the all-important and relevant Traditional Values Coalition, listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The Traditional Values Coalition, on the home page of its Web site, asks: "Do you want men dressed as women teaching your kids? Will this be the ENDA of innocence?"
The group warns that, under ENDA, "your children will be trapped in classes taught by drag queens and transgender activists" and they will be "forced to learn about bizarre sexual fetishes."
The coalition's executive director, Andrea Lafferty, has been lobbying members of Congress, and she describes them as "freaked out" by the bill. She tells members if they vote for the bill, they'll be allowing "she-males" with "serious mental disorders" into children's classrooms, leaving parents with no legal recourse.
Why is this hate group's venom relevant to the merits of ENDA?
You can email the reporter, Mary Ann Akers, and tell her how you feel. Click here.
For the full chop job, here's the link to the Washington Post article on ENDA from this morning.