North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has conceded the election to his Democratic opponent – and while Charlotte's controversial "bathroom bill" may have had something to do with it, it may not be as some thought.
Governor McCrory made the announcement in what appears to be the new normal in politics – a social media post:
"Despite continued questions that should be answered regarding the voting process, I personally believe that the majority of our citizens have spoken and we now should do everything we can to support the 75th governor of North Carolina, Roy Cooper."
Christian apologist and speaker Alex McFarland, a native North Carolinian, argues McCrory was done in by the influence of homosexual activists in the state who blamed the governor for signing HB 2. That bill effectively nullified Charlotte's ordinance allowing transgenders – and pedophiles – access to whatever bathroom meets their fancy at the moment.
McFarland has nothing but praise for outgoing governor. "He has been a courageous man to stand not only for biblical values but for the point of law," he tells OneNewsNow. "And specifically, Governor McCrory stood for natural law, which has been the basis of our U.S. Constitution and judiciary."
And while the pressure from the activists certainly was there, fellow North Carolinian Dr. Richard Land of Southern Evangelical Seminary points out McCrory didn't give a full-throated endorsement of HB 2.
"Actually the governor was very ambivalent about the bill and signed it reluctantly because he thought it went too far," he recalls. "It was the state legislature that passed the bill – and the state legislature remains Republican."
Land notes that other state and federal office seekers from North Carolina who enthusiastically backed HB2 also met with the approval from voters, leading Land to wonder aloud if McCrory would have fared better had he followed their lead.