To say that Lance Berkman is a well known star in the city of Houston would be an understatement. Berkman graduated from Canyon High School in the Hill Country just 3 hours west of Houston. He played college baseball at Rice University, located in Houston, where he made a name for himself and a mark on the hearts of sports fans throughout the city. Berkman was then drafted by the Houston Astros. The local boy would go on to spend 12 of his 15 year career playing outfield and first base for the city that loved him. Berkman hit his 300th home run as an Astro in 2009.
Though he went on to play on a few other teams, Houston has remained his home. He retired from baseball in 2013, and was named the head baseball coach at Second Baptist High School in June 2015. Berkman is well known and much loved in Houston, so when he recorded a commercial against the ordinance in Houston that allows men to utilize restroom facilities, showers, and locker rooms designated for women, it caused quite a stir.
The City of Houston found itself at the center of national news last year when its first openly homosexual mayor, Annise Parker, forced the “Houston Equal Rights Ordinance” upon the residents of and visitors to the city. The controversy behind HERO is that it will allow any boy or man who “self-identifies” as a girl or woman the “right” to use women’s restroom facilities, showers, and locker rooms.
Though the left is attempting to spin it as though Berkman is against all equal rights, as a husband and the father of four girls he is simply trying to protect the privacy and safety of all females from the “potential danger of troubled men entering women’s public bathrooms, showers, and locker rooms.” Berkman said precisely that in this commercial. (video below)
“Vote no on Proposition One. No men in women’s bathrooms. No boys in girls’ showers or locker rooms. I’m Lance Berkman. I played professional baseball for 15 years, but my family is more important. My wife and I have four daughters. Proposition One, the ‘bathroom ordinance,’ would allow troubled men to enter women’s public bathrooms, showers and locker rooms. This would violate their privacy and put them in harm’s way. That’s just wrong. We must prevent this potential danger by closing women’s restrooms to men rather than waiting for a crime to happen.
Under Proposition One, if restaurants, businesses and sports facilities don’t allow a man into a woman’s restroom, they would be subject to penalties and fines. This proposed ordinance says that it will stop discrimination, but in reality, it discriminates against people who believe, like me, that members of the opposite sex should not be forced to share restrooms or locker rooms. Join me to stop the violation of women’s privacy and discrimination against women. Vote no on Proposition One – no men in women’s bathrooms, no boys in girls’ showers or locker rooms.”
In making this commercial, Berkman is not only taking a stand for the privacy and safety of all girls and women, he is also standing with those pastors who had their sermons subpoenaed by Parker as they were fighting against her forcing this dangerous situation on innocent women in the city of Houston. In July, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that the city must either repeal this ordinance or put it up for a vote to the voters.
Subsequently, this ordinance is on the November ballot.
As is typical, progressives took to Twitter to attack Berkman for his principled stand on the safety of women.
An NBC sports reporter was called out for his insulting tweet in which he called Berkman “human garbage.”
— LibertyJuice (@LibertyJuice) September 26, 2015
Will NBC fire this reporter for his hate-filled words and insults? Doubtful.
Maybe Lance Berkman just wanted us all to know that he’s an irredeemable garbage person. — Bryan Murphy (@Every6thDay) September 25, 2015
I’m not surprised. Lance Berkman didn’t want to play for the Giants because he might catch the gay. He’s always been an ignoramus.
— Lars (@LarsTheWanderer) September 25, 2015
Nevermind the fact that Berkman is a graduate of Rice University, one of the most academically prestigious colleges in the country. He doesn’t want men to be able to use women’s locker rooms, showers, and bathrooms, so that makes him an “ignoramus.”
So, it’s hateful to want to protect the privacy and safety of women from those who are anatomically men? That’s liberal logic for you.
The left loves to talk about invented rights of others, including the ‘right’ of men who simply say they are a woman to be able to use women’s bathrooms, showers, and locker rooms while simultaneously hurling hate and insults at someone for simply exercising a real right, freedom of speech.
Kudos to Lance Berkman for standing on principle and not caving to the progressive bigots.