Why are some so afraid of women, gays, trans, etc?

B. Jay Cooper
5 min readJul 27, 2022

Questions to the right wing of American politics and those religions that are forcing their beliefs on all of America:

What about women making decisions about their own bodies scares you?

What about transgender people scares you?

What about gay people scares you?

What about people whose religious views are not yours scares you?

“Scares” is the only word I can think of that fits these questions. For example, why are you so afraid of women that you think you know better than they about their health care? Or about who loves who they choose to love?

Religion certainly can’t be driving your views, can it? After all, in this county people are free to follow whatever religion they choose. It’s there in the very First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”

It’s one of the main reasons this country was created and fought for through the years. And I know that you love this country.

How are you affecting my or others religions?

For one thing, abortion. It is allowed by some religions. But by outlawing abortion you take away rights from those religions that believe differently than you. I know, I know — “All” the Supreme Court did was put the decision on allowing abortions into State hands. And then certain states do the dirty work for them. Boggles my mind. (Hmm, would the conservatives on the Court have sent it back to the states if Democrats controlled a majority of them?)

And what about the case of the 10- year-old who suffered major traumas in her life before she was 10 (rape, pregnancy, refusal of her state to allow abortions even in her type of case, the abortion itself.). Think about how that young girl will be affected for the rest of her life. Her views on sex, pregnancy, men, among other things, will likely be driven from this experience. She, I hope, will deal with these monster thoughts so she can have a “normal” life.

For many conservative officeholders and TV talk show hosts, they immediately said she was a fake, a made up story to sell the other side’s “narrative.” (Hmm, projecting much?). By the way, if she hasn’t seen it already, she will at some point read about those attacks from conservatives and talking heads. That will affect her, too.

B. Jay Cooper

Former deputy White House press secretary (Reagan and Bush 41) and former head of communications at Republican Natl Committee. My blog: bjaycooper.com.