On Friday, I reported on South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley’s claim that she doesn’t believe Senator Lee Bright’s bill, which would prevent local government from enacting laws that would allow people to use public restrooms that were not designated for their birth gender, is necessary. However, in the capital city of Columbia, the city in which Haley resides, they have been fighting one of the most aggressive bathroom bills and sodomite agendas of any state, according to former City Councilman Cameron Runyan.
Following the posting of my article on Friday, I was contacted by Runyan for a brief interview and he provided some astonishing, even shocking, statements concerning what the Columbia City Council has been engaged in over the past year.
First, for those who have not heard Cameron Runyan, listen to the speech he gave in this nearly one hour long video about Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Legislative History, Future and Impact, which was presented at Columbia World Outreach Church. Pay close attention to the documentation that Runyan provides.
The evidence that Mr. Runyan presented in the video alone deems Governor Haley as either incompetent about what goes on in her own city, or as being one trying to mask the real agenda taking place. Both are bad for Mrs. Haley. I’ll leave it to the reader to decide which one they believe is correct.
In an exclusive interview with Freedom Outpost, Runyan told us that the City of Columbia has faced more aggressive bills put forward than those that were considered in Charlotte, North Carolina.
“There was a law that the mayor and a couple of other people attempted to get passed early last year in the City of Columbia that we were able to defeat,” Runyan said. “That law would have created a commission paneled by the council that would investigate citizens for discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation. What was really egregious about this particular law was that the commission was now by secrecy. In other words, if you were drug before the commission in the City of Columbia, and then went out and told somebody that you had been investigated, there were penalty provisions, including jail time.”
Runyan agreed that free speech was on the chopping block in this legislation, as well as due process of law. For more on that background, please watch the video.
Mr. Runyan then said that all of that was the backdrop for what he said next.
“When I tried to understand why they were doing this, what I discovered in the process that prior to my time on the council, they had already passed a couple of laws,” Runyan said. “What they were trying to do with the secret commission law was to operationalize the existing laws.”
Currently, there are two laws on the books in the City of Columbia for which this is relevant.
“These two laws that attempt to do three things,” Runyan told us. “The first law is a straight up bathroom bill, except this particular bathroom bill says that not only can you not segregate on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation, it says you cannot segregate on the basis of gender.”
Think about that just for a moment if you live in the City of Columbia. If you go to school, church, a shopping center or wherever and bathrooms are marked for women and men, it is considered illegal by law! I honestly wonder how many Communists are in Columbia and on the City Council writing this lawlessness!
“The next law is a housing non-discrimination law,” Runyan continued. “It does two things primarily. First, it says that you can’t discriminate against people based on gender identity or sexual orientation in matters of public accommodation and housing.”
Runyan gave the example of a person owning a duplex and in the process of renting out one side to a man who later wants to engage in being a transvestite and then evangelize the single mother’s two boys who live in the other side of the duplex. To confront the man with his wicked behavior (Deut. 22:5) and then seek to evict him would put you in violation of Columbia’s pretended law and could be put in jail.
However, that is not the worst part of the pretended law.
“The worst part of this particular law is that they stuck a conspiracy clause at the end,” Runyan said. “What the conspiracy clause says is that you cannot coerce, compel or incite someone to possibly discriminate against another person on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation.”
According to Runyan, he has never seen any other law written like this. This would apply to pastors who teach what the Bible says about sodomy, both in the Old and New Testaments. It would apply to those of us who point out what our founding fathers did to those who engaged in sodomy. It would apply to counselors who seek to deal with those confused and mentally ill people who engage in the behavior mentioned above. It’s absolutely an infringement upon free speech. It criminalizes the lawful and legitimizes the lawless.
Now, ask yourself how Nikki Haley, who has been governor of South Carolina since 2011, is unaware of these attacks.
If you wish to verify the claims of Mr. Runyan, take a look at the municipal codes of Columbia by reading Chapter 1, Sec. 1-5 with regards to penalties and Chapter 11 Section 11-501-503 and 11-391-400.
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