North Carolina governor refuses to resign after calling LGBTQ community ‘filth’
Robinson said he stood by his anti-gay comment and claimed to Raleigh NBC affiliate WRAL that the right-wing rhetoric was Being “demonized”.
We will not be afraid. We will not back down. “We will not change our language,” he said. “The language I used, I am not ashamed of it. I will use it in the future because, once again, it is time for parents in this situation to take a strong stand for their children.”
Robinson made his offensive remarks while speaking in June at Asbury Baptist Church in Seagrove Township.
“I say this now, and I say it, and I don’t care who likes it: These issues have no place in school. There is no reason for anyone anywhere in America to tell any child about transgender people and homosexuality — that is of that filth.
Robinson added, “Yes, I called it filth. And if you don’t like what I called filth, come see me and I’ll explain it to you.”
After the video was released Wednesday, Democratic state Senator Jeff Jackson Robinson called for his resignation, saying such “open discrimination” is “completely unacceptable”.
“North Carolina is a welcoming state where we value public education and the diversity of our people. It is abhorrent to hear anyone, especially an elected official, use hate speech that harms the people and damages the reputation of our state,” said spokesman Jordan Monaghan.
Robinson told WRAL on Friday that the governor’s opinion “It didn’t make any difference at all. “
“I am tired of demonizing the people on the right because of our conversation,” he said, claiming that “the people on the left are burning and beating and stealing and looting – taking over entire cities – and getting a pass.”
Robinson noted that he was not speaking in church in his role as public official. But he said “homosexuality and transsexualism” are “against the principles of my religion” and have no place in public schools.
The video was posted to Twitter by Right Wing Watch, part of the Progressive Advocacy group People for the American Way.
Alison Scott, director of impact and innovation for the Southern Equality Campaign, told WRAL that Robinson’s comments were “literally dangerous” for members of the LGBTQ community.
“Whether or not that is the meaning, his words are actually painting the picture that we as a group should not exist. There are real effects to words, and real effects are harm and harm in people’s lives,” Scott cautioned.
A spokesman for Robinson initially tried to tone down his comments, saying they “refer only to education.”
“Transgender and homosexuality issues should be discussed in the home rather than in public education,” spokesperson John Wesley Wu said in an email to WRAL. “We should focus on reading, writing, and math in North Carolina.”
Waugh wrote that Robinson “affirms the constitutional right of every individual to identify or express himself in any way he desires.”