There are those who seem to confuse religious belief with religious dictatorship, and it appears that Natalie Johnson at the Macy’s department store in San Antonio, Texas made that mistake recently when she refused to allow a trans woman to use the women’s dressing rooms at the store.
Of course, the account that we have is coming from Liberty Counsel, the same people who spent years defending Lisa Miller and then claimed ignorance while she disappeared to Nicaragua after abducting her daughter with her ex-wife Janet Jenkins.
According to Liberty Counsel:
A young woman was fired from a Macy’s department store in San Antonio, TX for refusing to violate her religious beliefs by permitting a young man dressed as a woman from entering the women’s dressing room. Natalie Johnson claims she saw the young man walk out of the women’s fitting room and politely told him that he could not go back in because it was for women only. The cross-dressing young man claimed that he is a “female.” Johnson said that he was wearing make-up and girl’s clothing, but clearly he was a male. The cross-dresser was accompanied by five other individuals. The group argued with expletives that Macy’s is LGBT-friendly, to which Johnson replied that Macy’s is also non-discriminatory toward religion, and that it would go against her religious beliefs to lie that he was a woman or compromise with homosexuality. The group then demanded to speak with a manager.
When Johnson was confronted by her employer, she explained that she could not allow a male to change in a female’s fitting room. Johnson’s boss referred her to Macy’s LGBT policy which allows “transgender” people to change in any dressing room they want. However, Johnson pointed out that the same policy also protects against religious discrimination and, in this case, it protects her right to her beliefs that were being violated. The manager demanded that she comply with the LGBT policies or lose her job. Johnson refused to go against her sincerely held religious beliefs and was terminated from her job.
Macy’s policy which allows men to use the women’s dressing room is fraught with problems. This policy will cause significant problems and will alienate the majority of Macy’s customers. Macy’s has essentially opened women’s dressing rooms to every man. The LGBT agenda has become the theater of the absurd.
You will note that Liberty Counsel makes several pointedly transphobic statements there. First of all, this trans woman was dressed as a woman, and is identifying as female, according to what they said. Still, they call her a cross-dresser, and put “female” in quotation marks saying that they doubt that this person is of the female gender.
Liberty Counsel is one of those groups that believes that, if you are born male, you are male until you die. They tend to ignore gender differences because they are all about male domination and power.
Johnson has every right to believe what she wants to, but she violated Macy’s policy. Her religious liberty was not violated, but her ability to do the job she was hired to do was. She showed that she could not distinguish between religious belief and religious tyranny and decided to deny someone the right to use the facilities that they are entitled to under Macy’s policies. This policy does not open up the dressing rooms to every man out there, like Liberty Counsel wants to imply, but rather only those who are transgender or transsexual.
“It is against the Company’s policy for any associate to harass another associate based on race, ethnicity, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, physical or mental disability, genetic information, military status, marital status, medical condition, or any other category protected by law. Therefore, the Company will treat harassment as it does any other form of employee misconduct and it will not be tolerated.”
“Macy’s will not tolerate harassment of any type based on race, ethnicity, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, physical or mental disability, genetic information, military status, marital status, medical condition, or any other category protected by law. Engaging in harassment of others will lead to discipline, up to and including termination of the associate violating Macy’s Anti-Harassment policy.”
What Johnson did was engage in harassment of an individual who is trans. What she got was fired.