Right-Wing Media Freak Out Over Philly’s LGBT Equality Bill
As PW and every other local media source reported last week, Philadelphia City Council passed a historic bill that would provide for more transgender rights and tax incentives for companies that provide for domestic partners’ health care coverage. That information has gone through the usual Internet outrage cycle and has come out the other side: David Horowitz’s Front Line Magazine, which we didn’t realize existed until a few minutes ago. They’ve got a scathing report on City Council’s 14-3 vote last week, which made Philadelphia the first city offering tax incentives for LGBT rights in the private sector. The article, written by a Journalism Fellow, begins as such:
If the United States ever does go down, the last gallon of gas will be used to drive a Planned Parenthood representative to an elementary school, the last loaf of bread will be divided based on race, gender and victimhood status and the last dollar will be spent paying a diversity officer to decide who gets the last slice of the last loaf of bread.
Philadelphia is on the verge of bankruptcy. Its bonds are hovering above junk status, it has nearly 9 billion dollars in debt and it has the lowest credit rating of any city its size …
The writer, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the “Freedom Center” who usually focuses on “radical Islam,” also notes city health insurance covering gender transformation surgery equates to “castration.” The article has now made its rounds, getting linked to at Fox Nation, Fox News’ opinion site of copy-and-pasted opinion and news articles from around the web. And while the gender identity bill provides a ton of outrage, what they really seem to be angry about are our liberal politicians passing such a bill while Philadelphia’s financial state remains a bit downtrodden – and Mayor Nutter tells business interests it isn’t.
While Mayor Nutter is running around trying to convince investors that Philly isn’t run by a bunch of irresponsible morons with less common sense than squirrels on absinthe, its city council, ignoring 9 billion in unfunded pensions, adds a 50,000 per worker sex change operation entitlement and tax credits for companies willing to cover castration for their employees, (sic)
This is the first time we’ve heard of anyone described as “squirrels on absinthe,” and don’t really understand it as an insult. But we get the point.
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