“If our action in keeping men out of women’s bathrooms and showers protected the life of just one child or one woman from being molested or assaulted, then it was worth it. North Carolina will never put a price tag on the value of our children. They are precious and priceless.” – Lt. Gov. Dan Forest on April 5th, 2016 concerning HB2 and PayPal’s announcement to not expand in Charlotte.
By his account, chronicled in his book “So Help Me God,” Moore spent his time as a prosecutor convicting “murderers, rapists, thieves and drug pushers.” He writes that it was “around this time that I fashioned a plaque of The Ten Commandments on two redwood tablets. I believed that many of the young criminals whom I had to prosecute would not have committed criminal acts if they had been taught these rules as children,” Moore writes (https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/woman-says-roy-moore-initiated-sexual-encounter-when-she-was-14-he-was-32/2017/11/09/1f495878-c293-11e7-afe9-4f60b5a6c4a0_story.html?utm_term=.81ae7afd738b).
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor. – Ninth Commandment
It is no secret that Lt. Gov. Dan Forest’s religious leanings weigh heavily on his office’s interpretation of its powers. The “bathroom bill’s” most ardent champion has spent time and state resources defending the bill even before its “alteration” while also spending his time in office actually running for the governor’s mansion in 2020.
So, I want to know what Lt. Gov. Forest would say about Roy Moore and the accusations that are against him. And while there is the hope that all people are “innocent until proven guilty,” Lt. Gov. Forest certainly did not extend that courtesy to those he directly and falsely accused of crimes that never were committed within the LGBT community like sexual assault by transgender people of children in locker rooms and public bathrooms.
But what has been levied upon Roy Moore has much more (pun intended) substance. And this circumstance did not even involve a public bathroom, but a government official with a staunch view of the Judeo-Christian religion.
So, what would Forest have to say?
And if he says, “Judge not lest ye be judged,” then I would say that Forest should have used that advice back when HB2 was conceived.