In March, North Carolina’s General Assembly rebuked the city of Charlotte’s anti-discrimination ordinance with House Bill 2, a piece of legislation criticized by opponents as a discriminatory tool aimed at the LGBT community. The conservative right has defended the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act – better know as the bathroom bill – as a means to protect women and children despite the complete lack of evidence suggesting such protections are needed.
The underlying current of the General Assembly’s actions is a fear of change. Depending on which segment of the conservative right you ask, the perceived basis for their intellectual leanings is religion, nationalism or traditionalism, among others. The actual foundation is none of the above, but rather the basic emotions of fear and anxiety.