A notorious conservative Christian lawyer threatens transgender bathroom users with gun violence.
Anita Staver, president of the theocratic law group The Liberty Counsel, issued a thinly veiled death threat to transgender people via Twitter. Staver says she will carry a gun to Target so she can shoot transgender bathroom users:
— Liberty Lawyer (@AnitaStaver) April 22, 2016
Staver’s tweet is dangerous, and has the effect of encouraging and legitimizing violence against transgender individuals.
Staver’s Liberty Counsel is a Christian hate group that represented Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who went to jail because she refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses.
Anita Staver, Liberty Counsel’s president, is married to Mat Staver, head of the legal team that defended Davis in her effort to deny same-sex couples the right to marry.
Recently conservative Christian activists like the Stavers have worked themselves into a lather over Target stores’ decision to allow transgender customers to use restrooms designated for their expressed gender.
In a statement issued last week Target said transgender people should use whichever restroom or fitting room matches their gender identity, saying inclusivity is a “core belief at Target.”
In response to the humane statement, paranoid Christians launched a #BoycottTarget campaign on social media.
Staver’s tweet threatening transgender bathroom users with gun violence is just another example of the irrational backlash against Target’s humane bathroom policy in particular, and transgender rights in general.
Yet despite protests from paranoid Christian to the contrary, the facts show that it is a myth that transgender people pose a danger in public bathrooms, a myth promoted by conservative Christians who hate what they don’t understand.
In fact, if one is concerned about public bathroom safety, reports indicate that it is Republican politicians, and not transgender people, that are most likely to be engaged in sexual misconduct in a public restroom.
Bottom line: Anita Staver is a dangerous Christian bigot. And her thinly veiled death threat against transgender people using the bathroom at Target is yet another example of the transgender bathroom hysteria sweeping the nation.