Earlier this Sunday Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick tweeted a bible verse that has a lot of folks up in arms. The tweet read “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” Many have expressed outrage as the tweet comes just hours after a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
Some may argue Patrick did not intentionally tweet the verse, as he tweets bible verses every Sunday, but the truth is it doesn't matter. Our community doesn’t need a tweet to validate our anger with Patrick and the state’s leadership.
Since the demise of Prop 1 (HERO) in Houston, Patrick has continued the false narrative of “men in women’s bathrooms,” claiming he’s defending women, when the truth is he’s continuing harmful rhetoric that will undoubtedly endanger transgender women across Texas. Patrick has called on state leadership to forfeit $10 billion in federal funding toward education in order to avoid the implementation of protections for transgender students in Texas public schools.
Patrick has meddled in the local control of school districts, calling for the resignation of a Fort Worth Superintendent after the district implemented transgender inclusive policy. But the cherry on top has yet to be placed. In 2017 Patrick hopes to take up stronger “religious freedom” bills in the upcoming legislative session, similar to HB2 in North Carolina, that bars transgender people from using a bathroom that does not align with the gender they were assigned at birth.
Some will say the tweet was not a response to the Orlando shootings, but the truth is it doesn’t matter. The truth is Dan Patrick doesn’t care about us or the harm he causes our community.
Our hearts go out to the victims of the Orlando shootings. We live in a time when it is still unsafe for our community to live our lives in peace. As we celebrate Pride Month let us remember the victims of Orlando and continue the fight for equality.