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‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill Returns With Added Requirement To Tell Parents Their Kids Are Gay

by David Badash on January 30, 2013

in Bigotry Watch,News,Politics

Tennessee state senator Stacey Campfield has reintroduced his infamous “Don’t Say Gay” bill, with enhancements, including the tattletale clause requiring school teachers and counselors to tell parents if their kids are gay, under various scenarios. Campfield recently introduced a bill that would cut welfare to families if their children don’t perform well in school, calling it a step toward “breaking the cycle of poverty.”

Campfield’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill drew national attention during the two years it was debated, until it died an embarrassing death. The bill originally prohibited schools to discuss homosexuality, specifically during sex ed classes up to the eighth grade. Campfield’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill passed in the Senate, but ultimately died in the House when lawmakers finally realized Tennessee public schools don’t have sex ed classes until after the eighth grade.

It took Tennessee’s elected officials two years of debate and countless taxpayer dollars, not to mention nationwide ridicule, to figure this out.

But now, Campfield’s “new and improved” “Don’t Say Gay” bill has been updated.

SB 0234 (PDF), the “Classroom Protection Act,” notes that “certain subjects are particularly sensitive and are, therefore, best explained and discussed within the home,” (“Don’t Say Gay!”)

Because of its complex societal, scientific, psychological, and historical implications, human sexuality is one such subject. Human sexuality is best understood by children with sufficient maturity to grasp its complexity and implications.

Here’s the kicker:

At grade levels pre-K through eight (pre-K-8), any such classroom instruction, course materials or other informational resources that are inconsistent with natural human reproduction shall be classified as inappropriate for the intended student audience and, therefore, shall be prohibited. [Bolding ours]

We’re assuming in Campfield’s mind, homosexuality is “inconsistent with natural human reproduction,” although no doubt we could challenge that claim and win.

Campfield then adds this delightful romp though fascism:

LEA (local education agency) policies and procedures adopted pursuant to this section shall not prohibit:

(1) Any instructor from answering in good faith any question or series of questions, germane and material to the course, asked of the instructor and initiated by a student or students enrolled in the course;

So, this “good faith” scenario is enshrined into law:

Student: Is homosexuality natural?

Teacher: No.

Then, two long sections that easily are interpreted to include a scenario where a student approaches a trusted teacher, says they think they might be gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender:

Parents or legal guardians of students who receive such counseling shall be notified as soon as practicable that such counseling has occurred.

And if anyone doubts Campfield’s intentions, or his point of view, let’s remember this is Stacey Campfield, the man who has said repeatedly that it is “virtually impossible” to contract  HIV/AIDS through heterosexual sex. In that same interview, Campfield (falsely) said that ”most people realize that AIDS came from the homosexual community — it was one guy screwing a monkey, if I recall correctly, and then having sex with men. It was an airline pilot, if I recall….”

Campfield has also claimed:

[Homosexuals] do not naturally reproduce. It has not been proven that it is nature. It happens in nature, but so does beastiality That does not make it right or something we should be teaching in school.

And despite Tennessee’s sadly numerous anti-gay bullying teen suicides, Senator Campfield has said, “bullying thing is the biggest lark out there.”

Need more?

READ: Top 10 Most-Offensive Things About Anti-Gay Tennessee Senator Campfield (That You Didn’t Already Know)

Tennessee Senator Stacey Campfield is on Facebook.

 

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{ 12 comments }

angelbaby83 January 30, 2013 at 9:13 am

The fact that it is even seriously being put forth as a law is incredibly disturbing. Part of it is the following: If the situation was reversed and it was a 'Don't say straight' type legislation it would have been laughed out of the legislative buildings. That being reversed somehow makes it 'ok' is just one small piece of what is so wrong about it. Somehow by not talking about it will make it not exist, reality shows us time and again all you has as a result is the people it censors often repress the emotions about themselves and is even hard to come to terms with it later in life because of this type of unbalanced perspective on orientation.

tacitus January 30, 2013 at 10:44 am

For crying out loud, eighth graders don’t need to be reproducing, naturally or otherwise!

Teacher_Kurt January 31, 2013 at 2:08 am

The fact is, by the age of 13 (8th grade) approximately half (50%) of students report that they have engaged in sexual activity. I don't mean they are reporting this to friends and boasting. I mean they are reporting this to pollsters and teachers. Most parents are embarrassed to talk to their kids about sex and often do not have this talk until high school, which as a teacher, I can tell you is much too late. my parents also did not know that I'd had sex before high school. Granted, I did not have sex in high school as some of my students apparently have. As a 9th grade 2nd year teacher at a Tennessee high school, i was told not to allow girls to use the bathroom as they had been caught performing oral sex there. And, I don't mean I was given this instruction about specific girls, but about all girls at the grade 7-12 middle-high school where I taught.

angelbaby83 January 30, 2013 at 11:18 am

The issue is not whether or not '8th graders need to be reproducing, naturally or otherwise'. It is about the attempt at censoring homosexuality. If the case was reversed it would have been laughed out, plain and simple. The case as it stands, somehow, makes it acceptable. That is hypocritical in its purest form, to say the very least.

tacitus January 30, 2013 at 5:10 pm

And what do you think happens when that information is censored? These kids will not be able to make informed decisions about sex, and the population as a whole will grow more ignorant, making it easier to inflame their fears and hatreds

Teacher_Kurt January 31, 2013 at 2:12 am

We’re assuming in Campfield’s mind, homosexuality is “inconsistent with natural human reproduction,” although no doubt we could challenge that claim and win.

My response, not in Tennessee you cannot challenge that claim and win. Although, I wonder what would happen if this happened:

LEA (local education agency) policies and procedures adopted pursuant to this section shall not prohibit:

(1) Any instructor from answering in good faith any question or series of questions, germane and material to the course, asked of the instructor and initiated by a student or students enrolled in the course;

So, this “good faith” scenario is enshrined into law:

Student: Is homosexuality natural?

Teacher: No.

What if as a teacher I answered "yes" because animals, especially males do hump each other in various species. And while humans often ignore their instincts, animals do not. If animals instinctually engage in "homosexual" behavior as Campfield terms it, isn't that part of nature? LOL!

angelbaby83 January 30, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Which is the exact problem at hand. The politicians attempting to legislate censorship and excusing their actions under a false pretense of 'for their own welfare'. (Considering I am a member of one of the most prejudiced against demographics I know very well the truth of this on a personal level.) That having the information available to the public schools is a necessity for two reasons in general, there are more but these two stand out most to me, one is the awareness of what it (Homosexuality) is and that there is nothing to fear from it. The second is for those that know they are or feel they might be to begin to accept that it is ok within themselves, that there is nothing bad or wrong with them being born that way. That information being easily and readily available can, and most likely will to a degree, help prevent the spread of ignorance and hatred but will promote acceptance and understanding. Just my few cents on it.

tacitus January 30, 2013 at 5:52 pm

I agree with you. But it’s worth noting that Campfield is part of a culture of “faith before evidence.” They truly are the American Taliban. Homophobia is only a part of their goal; they want widespread ignorance on every subject, so they can fill the gap with their strange religion.

angelbaby83 January 30, 2013 at 6:27 pm

On that note we also have the rising situation of trying to force schools to also teach creationism, as well as the fact some schools don't even teach evolution. A few that I know of are in Louisiana. But it's the same type of pattern. It's kind of silly but a certain fictional character inspired this type of thought line which does seem to be true more often than not. 'ignorance leads to fear, fear leads to anger, and anger leads to hate' That pattern has shown itself true time and time again, the reverse has also proven true. That if one can dispel ignorance with knowledge, in this case both in the case of homosexuality and the related topic of gender variance, the misinformation and fear of it can begin the process of being dispelled.

lepidopteryx January 30, 2013 at 11:34 pm

Campfield has also claimed:

[Homosexuals] do not naturally reproduce. It has not been proven that it is nature. It happens in nature, but so does beastiality That does not make it right or something we should be teaching in school.
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WTF? Bestiality occurs in nature? Really? Animals seek out sexual encounters with other species? Man is the only animal that voluntarily fucks outside his own species. Mr. Campfield, your dog humping your leg isn't bestiality. You humping your dog is.

garthkitty January 31, 2013 at 1:55 am

Wake up people. This is exactly what the American Family Association is saying. This is the same rhetoric that is preventing bulling legislation in many states. These idiots have money and they are buying these politicians. Eight graders, one out of ten are pregnant by then. That;s the natural way they learn. that or raped by an adult. These backward,back-ass nut cases are taking money from these homophobic hater groups and turning it against our children. Wake up. Vote them out. It is your choice to not allow this crap to go on.
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tweck January 31, 2013 at 8:36 am

What an incredible homophobe. That people, elected legislators even, are so frightened of normal human sexuality is amazing to me. That they even consider codifying repression of speech into law is also very disturbing. Yet these people continue to be elected. It makes me wonder, do they run on some kind of standard, palatable platform and then morph into these abhorrent beasts after they take office, or do that many people actually fear human sexuality so much that they go out of their way to elect people like this? This is the United States, not some creepy, backwoods, hate-propagating prison of oppression. All people are created equal.

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