ACLU Chapter Head Resigns Over Organization's Emphasis on Transgender Issues
In this day and age, when the Left has gone crazy over ensuring that transgenders - less than one third of one percent of America's population - have free reign over our bathrooms, it's refreshing to see a liberal who hasn't joined her fellow travelers going off the deep end.
In this case, I'm talking about Maya Dillard Smith, who is resigning as leader of the Georgia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union over her concerns about the organization's increasing emphasis on transgender issues, especially in light of President Obama's executive order regarding transgender bathroom use in public schools. She stated that the ACLU has become “a special interest organization that promotes not all, but certain progressive rights.”
Dillard Smith came to her discomfort with the emphasis on opening too many doors for transgender persons when she took her daughters to a public restroom.
“I have shared my personal experience of having taken my elementary school-age daughters into a women’s restroom when, shortly after, three transgender young adults, over six feet [tall] with deep voices entered,” Smith told Life Site News.
Dillard Smith, 37, said her young children were “frightened” by the ordeal and “concerned about their safety and left asking lots of questions for which I, like many parents, was ill-prepared to answer.”
Dillard Smith also noted that the emphasis on the transgender community undermines the rights of other people that the ACLU has fought for years to protect.
The former ACLU executive, who described herself as “progressive” and “unapologetically black,” suggested the organization leaves no room for discussion about the difficulties that come with making accommodations for the transgender community.
“I found myself principally and philosophically unaligned with the organization,” Dillard Smith said.
“I understood it to be the ACLU’s goal to delicately balance competing rights to ensure that any infringements are narrowly tailored, that they do not create a hierarchy of rights, and that we are mindful of unintended consequences,” she added.
Next page: See what Dillard Smith is doing to tackle this issue in a more sensible way.