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Forsyth County schoolteacher skewers state leaders, LGBT discrimination law

Red_HerringOccasional NC Policy Watch contributor and Forsyth County high school teacher Stuart Egan has been cranking out a series of on-the-money and, in come cases, hilarious take-downs of North Carolina’s new LGBT discrimination law and the people behind it of late on his blog, Caffeinated Rage.

This post, however, which was also featured recently in the Winston-Salem Journal, does a particularly good job of exposing some of the outrageous red herrings that state leaders have been using — most notably the phony “issue” of bathroom safety — to distract North Carolinians from the regressive actions they’ve been taking in any number of other areas to roll back the tide of progress. Here’s Egan:

“North Carolina has the dogwood as the state flower, the northern cardinal as the state bird, the plott hound as the state dog, and the Fraser Fir as the state Christmas tree.

We also have the channel bass (red drum) as the saltwater state fish, and the Appalachian Brook Trout is the state’s token freshwater fish. But that needs to change. We need just one fish that better represents the present climate here.

I therefore nominate the red herring, because I have seen many more of those these past few years in the Old North State than any other aquatic animal.

I know. A red herring actually is a dead smoked herring, salt cured and darkened through a smoking process for eating. But it also refers to the logical fallacy of introducing something that really is not important to stop people from noticing something really important.

And this practice of drawing attention away from really significant social issues is something that many current members of the North Carolina General Assembly and Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration have done very well. Take, for instance, the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, otherwise known as HB2….”

Click here to read the rest of the essay. Keep giving ’em heck, Stuart.

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