Citizen journalist and occasional NC Policy Watch contributor Greg Flynn used social media yesterday to highlight a noteworthy bit of hypocrisy (or, at least, obliviousness) in the Monday night HB2 rants of North Carolina Republican Party spokesperson Kami Mueller and her former boss, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest.
As you will recall, Mueller and Forest both attacked the NCAA for its stance against HB2 by, among other things, invoking the scandal that took place at Baylor University in which multiple women were raped by athletes. According to Forest and Mueller, if the NCAA were doing its job, it would be much more worried about the horrific sexual assaults at the private Christian school in Waco, Texas than North Carolina’s all-purpose LGBT discrimination law.
Setting aside the irony that the Baylor scandal took place under the (apparently) wandering eye of former Bill Clinton sex scandal cop and conservative icon Kenneth Starr, there is an even more interesting disconnect here. It turns out that the national Republican Party platform adopted at this summer’s Cleveland convention attacks the Obama administration for — you guessed it — attempting to use the federal anti-discrimination law known as Title IX to push universities to protect women like those at Baylor. This is from the GOP platform:
“Sexual assault is a terrible crime. We commend the good-faith efforts by law enforcement, educational institutions, and their partners to address that crime responsibly. Whenever reported, it must be promptly investigated by civil authorities and prosecuted in a courtroom, not a faculty lounge. Questions of guilt or innocence must be decided by a judge and jury, with guilt determined beyond a reasonable doubt. Those convicted of sexual assault should be punished to the full extent of the law. The Administration’s distortion of Title IX to micromanage the way colleges and universities deal with allegations of abuse contravenes our country’s legal traditions and must be halted before it further muddles this complex issue and prevents the proper authorities from investigating and prosecuting sexual assault effectively with due process.”
As Flynn observed on Facebook yesterday:
“You may have heard Dan Forest or the NC Republican Party, in their response to the NCAA cancelling NC basketball games over HB2, criticize NCAA over Baylor University rape matters. Utter hypocrisy. The adopted GOP 2016 platform wants NO federal implementation of Title IX with respect to college sexual assault. Baylor had failed to properly implement Title IX with respect to campus rape. The GOP doesn’t want it implemented anyway! Baylor is a private faith-based university in Texas. In NCGOP twisted logic NCAA should have exercised oversight that the GOP doesn’t want to be exercised by the US government.”