Dangerously stupid people have been elected to run the government of the state of California. Just how crazy can it get on the left coast?
How’s this: Fox News has reported that health care workers in California accused of using the wrong pronoun in reference to elderly (alleged) transgender patients could potentially face fines up to $1,000 or a year of incarceration in the county jail, or both.
That’s right — if you refer to a male patient as “him” when he wants to be called “her”, you could spend up to one year in jail.
Democrat state Senator Scott Wiener (irony alert) casually dismissed complaints about the potential criminal penalties applied by the law, even though the wording of the legislation appears to be rather clear.
Senator Wiener said,
It’s just more scare tactics by people who oppose all LBGT civil rights and protections.
Senate Bill 219 is a horrible piece of legislation because it discriminates specifically against healthcare workers — why were they singled out? Why doesn’t the law apply equally to law enforcement, or legislators? Even more specific, the law only identifies workers in long term care facilities as being subject to punishment.
Does this mean that a nurse working at an assisted living facility could be punished, but a nurse working in a regular hospital would not? Any new law that creates more new problems than it potentially solves is a bad one.
Greg Burt of the California Family Council appropriately pointed out:
How can you believe in free speech, but think the government can compel people to use certain pronouns when talking to others?
Representatives from Senator Wiener’s office explained that the criminal penalties described in the new legislation should only be applied when the patient is at risk of death or serious harm, but isn’t every patient in one of these facilities already at risk of death, due to their preexisting health conditions?
And forgive my asking, but how is the perceived improper use of a pronoun going to cause the patient’s condition to objectively worsen?
While the new law is stupid, discriminatory, and very likely to be deemed unconstitutional, the ramifications don’t seem particularly dangerous compared to the new HIV bill co-sponsored by Senator Wiener that Governor Jerry Brown also signed into law, Senate Bill 239. That new law drastically reduces the penalty for intentionally exposing another person to the HIV virus through unprotected sex or blood donations, down from a felony crime punishable by up to eight years in prison to a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of only six months in jail.
Senator Wiener explained that the purpose for writing the new law was to “de-stigmatize” people with HIV, ludicrously arguing that reducing the penalty for knowingly spreading the infection would somehow reduce the spread of infection.
How does that make sense?
The more logical conclusion would be that reducing the penalties for exposing people to infection could start an epidemic. There are quite a few known cases of people contracting HIV because people who knew they were sick deliberately infected other people because they wanted the disease to spread.
Only in California could someone risk more time in jail for saying “he” instead of “ze” than for deliberately infecting a person with a potentially fatal disease.
The inmates are now running the asylum.