Are you now or have ever been…

This is a classic line from the roleplaying game “Paranoia”. The game is about you being a lowly citizen in world inhabited by an insane computer. There is no right answer to the question because it won’t tell you the rest. It’s too insane to even know what it was but answer wrong and it will kill you.

Now, you have The Rainbow Shirt Zombie Hoard are coming to get you.

The “tolerance” brigade is coming to inspect you, Citizen.

This is also the beginning of the famous McCarthy-Era question ” Are you now or have ever been…(A Member of the Communist Party)?.

Now Liberals have adopted it.

Are you now or have ever been…A Hater of the LGBTQI crowd. Answer correctly and The Rainbow Shirts will take your soul. Answer incorrectly, or not all, and the Fires of Rainbow Hell shall be visited upon you.

It’s a trick question. They are keeping a list of who has been naughty or compliant and they are checking it twice.

Since North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed a controversial new LGBT bill into law March 23, corporations, government officials, universities and prominent newsmakers have come out staunchly against the measure. And a number of groups and individuals, often conservative or religiously affiliated, have come out in favor.

The new law limits legal protections of LGBT individuals by setting a statewide definition of protected classes of citizens. The new law means schools and local governments cannot adopt more inclusive rules. Legislative leaders said they were responding to Charlotte’s expanded nondiscrimination ordinance that would have allowed transgender people to use the bathroom that corresponds to the gender with which they identify.

More than 100 top executives from major companies, including major Charlotte employers like Bank of America, have signed a letter opposing the “anti-LGBT” legislation. The NBA, set to host its All-Star Game in Charlotte next year, has also said it’s against measure. Some states and cities are banning government-funded travel to North Carolina.

KeepNCSafe says over 300 businesses have signed a letter supporting the measure, though it has released publicly the names of only 38. Some business owners declined to give their names because of “vocal threats and bullying from the LGBT community,” the organization said.

The N.C. Sheriffs’ Association announced Friday that it has encouraged the legislature to overturn local ordinances that “allow persons of one gender to use the restroom of the other gender.” Sheriffs had expressed “concerns for public safety,” executive vice president Eddie Caldwell said, but the group hasn’t taken a position on other provisions in the LGBT law.

Below is a working list of those who have spoken against and those in favor of the LGBT measure. Others, including McCrory’s former employer, Duke Energy, and his alma mater, Catawba College, haven’t directly opposed new measure but instead emphasize their own nondiscrimination policies. The (Raleigh) News & Observer contributed.

The group wants to compile a list of “trans-friendly” businesses for people to be aware of. But with the information they badger from businesses owners, they can also compile a list of businesses in support of the law, which in turn allies of groups like Human Rights Watch and the North Carolina ACLU will use to browbeat them into complying with their beliefs:

Protesters have already targeted Forever Tattoo on Lexington Avenue over comments the owner made about bathroom policies. But, the owner says he doesn’t discriminate against anyone and that he wasn’t given a chance to explain his position.

Considering what happened to people in California during the Prop 8 witch hunt, and after the electronic lynch mob that shut down Indiana’s Memories Pizza after they told a local journalist they wouldn’t cater a gay wedding, can you blame individuals and businesses for not wanting to speak publicly about their support for this law?

The sad thing about all the hysteria is that the law itself allows for private businesses (imagine that!) to set their bathrooms up consistent with how they feel they should be. In other words, it doesn’t ban unisex facilities at any business.

Knocking on doors to drum up support for your candidate or cause is something everyone should support. Knocking on doors and demanding the names of people and businesses who disagree with your cause in order to “name and shame” them publicly is, frankly, one of the most un-American things I’ve seen happen in my lifetime. People, even businesses, have a right to their private beliefs.

Let the activist left’s media-aided lynch-mob-style “activism” serve as a serious warning: You will be made to comply, or they will come for you.

Against HB2:
Among the companies, groups and individuals that have publicly stated their opposition to the new law:


A+E network

ACPA-College Student Educators International



The Dow Chemical Company

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Northrop Grumman

Ralph Lauren

American Apparel




Pandora Media

EMC Corporation


Bank of America

Wells Fargo

American Airlines

Lowe’s Cos.





Levi Strauss & Co.

Encore Music Publishers



Red Hat





Pfizer Inc.







TD Bank











Replacements, Ltd.




Matrix Partners

Cisco Systems






Marriott International




Adam Shankman, director and producer

Rob Reiner, director

Duke University

State of New York

State of Vermont

State of Washington

State of Minnesota

City of San Francisco

City of Boston

City of Seattle

City of West Palm Beach, Fla.

NC League of Municipalities

Human Rights Campaign

Equality NC

Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network

American Society of Association Executives

Computer & Communications Industry Association

Consumer Technology Association

Software & Information Industry Association

Motion Picture Association of America

Steven R. Boal, CEO, Quotient Technology Inc.

Brandee Barker, Cofounder, The Pramana Collective

Michael Birch, Founder, Blab

Lorna Borenstein, CEO, Grokker

Brad Brinegar, Chairman and CEO, McKinney

Lloyd Carney, CEO, Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.

Ron Conway, Founder and Co-Managing Partner, SV Angel

Dean Debnam, Chairman and CEO, Workplace Options

David Ebersman, Cofounder and CEO, Lyra Health

Jared Fliesler, General Partner, Matrix Partners

Jason Goldberg, CEO, Pepo

Alan King, President and COO, Workplace Options

Kristen Koh Goldstein, CEO, BackOps

Mitchell Gold, co-founder and chair-man, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

Paul Graham, Founder, Y Combinator

David Hassell, CEO, 15Five

Dave Imre, Partner and CEO, IMRE

Dev Ittycheria, President & CEO, MongoDB

Laurene Powell Jobs, President, Emerson Collective

Cecily Joseph, VP Corporate Responsibility and Chief Diversity Officer, Symantec Corporation

Joshua Kushner, Managing Partner, Thrive Capital

Max Levchin, CEO, Affirm

Dion Lim, CEO, NextLesson

Shan-lyn Ma, CEO, Zola

Bill Maris, CEO, Google Ventures

Melody McCloskey, CEO, StyleSeat

Douglas Merrill, CEO, Zestfinance

Dyke Messinger, President and CEO, Power Curbers Inc.

Michael Natenshon, CEO, Marine Layer

Alexi G. Nazem, Cofounder and CEO, Nomad Health

Laurie J. Olson, EVP, Strategy, Portfolio and Commercial Operations, Pfizer Inc.

Evan Reece, CEO, Liftopia

Stan Reiss, General Partner, Matrix Partners

John Replogle, CEO, Seventh Generation

Dan Rosensweig, CEO, Chegg

Kevin P. Ryan, Founder and Chairman, Alleycorp

Bijan Sabet, General Partner, Spark Capital

Julie Samuels, President, Engine

David A. Shaywitz, MD, PhD, Chief Medical Officer, DNAnexus

Behshad Sheldon, President and CEO, Braeburn Pharmaceuticals

David Spector, Cofounder, ThirdLove

Bret Taylor, CEO, Quip

Todd Thibodeaux, CEO, CompTIA

David Tisch, Managing Partner, BoxGroup

Kevin A. Trapani, President and CEO, The Redwood Groups

Bob & Harvey Weinstein, Co-Founders and Co-Chairmen, The Weinstein Company

Supporting HB2
Among those who have publicly stated their support of the new law:

Civitas Institute

The Charlotte Christian Chamber

North Carolina Values Coalition

Keep NC Safe Coalition

Archangel Michael Orthodox Christian Bookstore

To Your Health Bakery

Sallie Caldwell, S & S Cleaning Service, LLC

Reese Cao, XG Technologies Inc

Jennifer Champion, Total Life Changes

Sam Cowles, Main Street Investments, LLC

Mark & Lora Godwin, Mark Godwin Family Farms Inc.

David Griffin, Griffin Tile & Marble Inc.

David & Judith Hale, Lighthouse Electric of Charlotte

Dusten Harward, D Harward Marketing

Debra Hasty, Hasty Home Resources

H. Ralph Henderson, Omnichannel Productions

Tim Herlihy, Occupational Health Concepts

Rebekah Hopkins, Beethoven’s Piano Revelers Studio

Jana Huffstetler, Collision Center of Stanley County

Gregory Humphrey, Heaven’s Best Carpet Cleaning

Cheryl Jones, ICI Lamp Company

Sergey Kholod, Serglandscape Company

Tony Mazzone, Comfort Security

Adam and Michelle Mills, Mills Inc.

Bill Montross, Christian Business Men Connections

Jesse Newton, Green Branch Construction, Inc.

Ronald Obie, WCRG

James Potts, Overhead Door Co. of Charlotte

Justin Reeder, Superior Wash Southeast

David & Jason Benham, Benham Real Estate Group

Lila Sanacore, Prayerful Touch Massage

Doug Schmeuszer, Sunbelt Packaging LLC

Tim Steele, Thermal Services, Inc.

Gretchen, Tate, God’s Glamorous Girls

Lisa Todd, Todd Group

Keith Vance, Vance Resource llc

Maria Vari, Strategic Resource Development

Elizabeth Walker, Oexning Silversmiths, Inc.

Paul, Weaver, AWPC, Inc

Michael Wolff, KC Solutions Group

Charles O’Connor, Advanced Enclosure Consulting

Tracey Sellers, The Balanced Body Center

Richard Gavin, Riverside Millwork

Angela Smith, Lombardo Swimming Pools

Shardae White, Personal Catering llc

Carl Ford, South Rowan Broadcasting Inc.

Alva Yandle, Melatex, Inc

Carl Ford, Ford Broadcasting Inc.

David Snyder, Snyder Packaging, Inc.

Not content with getting big corporations involved in public policy, something the activist left used to oppose, Democrats in North Carolina and beyond are demanding Governor McCrory name the names of the businesses he has said supports the bill known as “HB2”:

Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin said Tuesday at the press conference he wants the governor to release that list of businesses supporting HB2. “Let us know what CEOs he’s heard from that think this legislation is good for their business, good for their employees, good for their customers, good for the rest of the community and the state.”

NC Values, a conservative group and proponent of HB2, released a list of mostly local small businesses this week that support bill. Some of them, the group said, didn’t want to be named due to fear of backlash. The list, which includes many Christian-based businesses, has been endlessly analyzed and dissected by various Raleigh News and Observer journos.

This was emblematic of the activist left’s reaction to NC Values’ list:

The News and Observer’s Colin Campbell helpfully retweeted info from a North Carolina liberal activist who was calling businesses to determine where they stood on HB2:

A pro “transgender rights” group is going door to door in Asheville, NC to find out if businesses are for or against the new law:

The transgender community is urging Asheville businesses to ensure the safety of people using their bathrooms after discussion over House Bill 2 has heated up.


A group from Asheville’s Tranzmission will be canvassing businesses, beginning downtown and continuing through West and South Asheville, and asking whether their bathrooms would be safe for transgender people to use.

(The Charlotte Observer and INJO)

They know who you are. They know whether you’ve been bad or good and they are coming for you…

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