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Fox's Erick Erickson Parrots Transphobic "Bathroom Predator" Attack On Houston's Equal Rights Law

November 03, 2015 1:36 pm ET - by Rachel Percelay

In a post directing readers to vote against the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, Fox News contributor Erick Erickson repeated the widely debunked talking point that non-discrimination protections for transgender people are somehow dangerous to women and children.

Enacted in early 2014, the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) prohibits discrimination in areas like housing, employment, and city contracts on the basis of 15 characteristics, including race, sex, disability, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity. On November 3, Houstonians will decide whether to keep the ordinance.

The fight over HERO has been plagued by the widely-debunked myth that HERO would allow sexual predators to sneak into women's restrooms by pretending to be transgender -- a bogus talking point championed by HERO's opponents. Experts across the country and officials from Texas cities with similar non-discrimination ordinances have thoroughly rejected the "bathroom predator" myth, calling it "beyond specious."

Erickson parroted the "bathroom" talking point in a post on his radio show's website, claiming that HERO will "legitimately threaten your children." In addition to describing transgender people as "the mentally ill, and the confused," Erickson repeated the myth that LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinances threaten "religious freedom."

From a November 3 post on The Erick Erickson Show website:

Houston, TX voters will today go to the polls to decide a simple question: should men be able to use the women's bathroom?

The BLT&G community would have you believe the issue is more complicated than that, but that is it in a nutshell. Proposition 1 is being pushed by an aggressive lobby that is perfectly happy for deviants, criminals, liars, the mentally ill, and the confused to use a bathroom of the opposite sex if they can say, with a straight face, that they are the opposite sex.

This issue stems from an aggressive push by Houston's gay activist mayor who went so far as to threaten pastors with litigation if they dared mention the issue in the pulpit.

The Texas Values Coalition notes five things you need to know about Proposition 1:

Proposition 1 is, essentially, legalized persecution of people of faith and their businesses. It will also legitimately threaten your children.

You need to vote no.

Previously:

Fox's Erick Erickson Says Society's Acceptance of Transgender People Blinds It To "Evil" Of Charleston Killings

Texas Experts Debunk The Transgender "Bathroom Predator" Myth Ahead Of HERO Referendum

An Expert Explains Why The Right-Wing "Bathroom Predator" Myth Is Wrong And Dangerous

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