Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest of North Carolina asserted on June 1 that laws that allow transgender people to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity are evidence that America has turned its back on God (video below).
Forest made his comments on the "Truenews" radio program, which RightWingWatch.org notes is hosted by conspiracy theorist Rick Wiles.
Forest said the people who were "really being discriminated against" by Charlotte's pro-LGBT ordinance, which was nullified by North Carolina's statewide anti-LGBT law, were "women and children."
He also asserted that signs would have been removed from all bathrooms, locker rooms and shower facilities under the ordinance, and there could not be any distinction between men and women.
Forest made the same assertion about no gender specific signs in a tweet on April 6: "Saw this picture on @paypal website - this would be illegal under Charlotte Ordinance," reported Politifact.
Forest tweeted on the same day: "Charlotte's anti-discrimination ordinance would have 'opened all bathrooms to all sexes at all times' if it hadn’t been overturned."
Politifact ruled that Forest's claims about the Charlotte ordinance were false.
Back on Wiles show, Forest also brought up a scary imaginary scenario of a sexual predator going into a junior high school girls shower under Charlotte's ordinance, which is not an accurate reflection of the law.
"What does it say about us as a nation when toilet rights is an issue?" Wiles asked Forest, who replied:
"I'd say that we are certainly focusing on the wrong things. We have a have a lack of moral compass in our country right now. We’ve certainly taken our eyes off God in America. We have turned our back on God.
"We have forgotten God in a lot of ways, and so the moral compass is broken here. And so then it's easy for people to get off track and say, 'Well, everybody should have the right to do whatever they want whenever they want to do it.'
"What you have to remind people of is that all laws are discriminatory in nature, they discriminate against behavior, not against people. So, if I want to go out and drive 95 miles an hour down the interstate in North Carolina because I feel like doing that. I don’t have the right to do that. It doesn’t mean that law is discriminating against me, it’s discriminating against my behavior of wanting to drive 95."