During her commencement speech at Jackson State University last Saturday, Michelle Obama took a shot at Mississippi’s “religious freedom bill”. Michelle Obama Slams Mississippi ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill in Commencement Speech “We see it right here in Mississippi — just two weeks ago -– how swiftly progress can hurtle backward,” the first lady said. “How easy it is to single out a small group and marginalize them because of who they are or who they love.” Actually, Mrs. Obama, Mississippi’s law basically allows for an employee with a belief that marriage is a union between one man and one woman and that any other combination is not a marriage and is a sin- to not hand a same sex couple a Marriage License application. The law also assures that all steps are made that the couple not be keep waiting or inconvenienced in any way by this other employee handing them the application. Indeed, the couple probably won’t even be aware of it. Mississippi, HB 1523 or the Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act, would protect religious organizations and individuals from being forced to act against their faith on matters involving same-sex marriage. Government officials who want to recuse themselves from involvement in a same-sex marriage would have to take “all necessary steps” to ensure that a marriage license is not delayed. Mississippi HB1523 | 2016 | Regular Session Imagine, if you will. It’s a government building where licenses are issued. Two workers are behind the desk. A same sex couple requests a license. A religious worker says to the couple, “one moment please.” This worker walks over to the other worker and asks him to wait on the people at the desk. No one is being denied anything here, Mrs. Obama. The couple gets their license, the religious person doesn’t have to wring her hands over the prospect of burning in hell. Those serious about everybody’s rights might even call it a win/win. Mrs. Obama says that, “so we've got to stand side by side with all our neighbors –- straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender; Muslim, Jew, Christian, Hindu immigrant, Native American -- because the march for civil rights isn't just about African Americans, it's about all Americans," she said. "It's about making things more just, more equal, more free for all our kids and grandkids….” According to Michelle Obama, the fight for more freedom has caused her husband much suffering as he bravely defends things like the right to use any toilet you want. First Lady Criticizes Mississippi's 'Religious Freedom' Bill “…North Carolina’s Law, H.B. 2, is “an act to provide for single-sex multiple occupancy bathroom and changing facilities in schools and public agencies and to create statewide consistency in regulation of employment and public accommodations.” It also states that those restrooms are to be used according to one’s biological sex – “the physical condition of being male or female, which is stated on a person’s birth certificate.” The law also allows for “accommodations” by allowing entities to provide single-use restrooms “upon a person’s request due to special circumstances.” Obama in UK: NC Bathroom Law and Mississippi Religious Freedom Law Should be Overturned No, Mrs. Obama, it is not a loss of civil rights that someone with a penis has to use the Men’s room. We’re not talking segregation that denies someone a seat. This is a common sense response to a whole lot of caterwauling over how bathrooms ought to be used. In short, the Woman’s room is where people with vaginas go potty. The Men’s Room is where people with penises go potty. No, Mrs. Obama, it is not marginalizing a group of people to insist that they use the toilet in a room with other people who have the same style genitalia. Yes, we’ve all been told that some people don’t always feel the same way in terms of their gender identity. The law provides for accommodation. In other words, that male who feels like a female at the very moment the girls are showering in the Girl’s locker room will not be denied the right to use the toilet. The principal will let this person use his private bathroom after he’s finished in there. You see, Mrs. Obama, it’s not taking one’s rights away by not saluting their genital du jour. There’s a time and a place for attention seeking. Empting your bladder really ought not be one of those times. How sad that a law has to be created to remind us of that. No one is being denied access to a toilet. This is not religious freedom blocking rest room freedom. Rather than edifying a graduating class on the beauty of civil rights in this country, you are exhibiting the very divisiveness you claim to abhor. Frankly, Mrs. Obama, all your arm waving and claims of rampant vitriol over of a so-called marginalized group upset because everybody doesn’t celebrate their every move, sound very much like poopy talk better delivered by someone wearing a diaper than a cap and gown.