Homosexual activists, you need to know that Tennessee Republican state senator Stacey “Don’t Say Gay” Campfield is not here to be your piñata, damn it. Senator Campfield is very, very angry that “two percent of the community, more or less the homosexual activist community who likes to threaten, intimidates, insult, belittle people,” is bringing him the national media attention his poor ego voraciously craves.
Senator Campfield is author of Tennessee’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill, that he rammed through the senate. Ultimately, the bill died in the House when –after two years of debate — they realized the bill was designed to ensure no conversation about homosexuality occurred in kindergarten through eight grade sex ed classes, but Tennessee doesn’t offer sex ed classes for kindergarten through eight grade students.
How much did that cost the taxpayers of Tennessee.
Now, Campfield is back, with an even worse “Don’t Say Gay” bill that legally mandates school officials out any student to their parents if they suggest they might be gay.
Yes, if ten-year old Johnny is gay, or bi, or trans, or questioning, and talks about it with a trusted teacher, that teacher would, under Senator Campfield’s bill, be required by law to out Johnny to his parents. Which, in some cases, could be very serious, even life-threatening.
Campfield also is trying to pass a bill that would cut by 30 percent state welfare to families if Johnny does poorly in school.
Some of Senator Campfield’s constituents have decided to reach out to him to let him know how they feel.
“Nashville resident Telisha Cobb sent Senator Campfield an email criticizing his legislative proposals,” local Nashville news station WATE reports:
The email read:
Senator Campfield,I am writing to you today as a mother, active citizen and born & raised Tennessean. You are an embarrassment to our great state. Folks all over the country and here in Tennessee are looking at the bills that you are proposing in shock. They are the most ignorant and morally lacking legislation that could be proposed this year. It is clear that you are targeting homosexuals and low income families with hogwash legislation. You need to search your heart, your values and your Christianity to find a better way to represent us as a whole. We will do everything in our power to make sure that you are not here in 2014. There are numerous grass roots parties that are making their voices heard.
Campfield fired back.
In an email response, he wrote:
You seem to have some serious, deep anger issues. Have you ever thought about therapy? I hear they are doing some wonderful thing with medications these days.
Yours in service,
Sen. Stacey Campfield
Campfield confirms he did write it.
As to why he sent that response, he says he’s the one being attacked and says he won’t be bullied.
“I take responsibility for everything that comes out of my office. There is a very loud, very vocal two percent of the community, more or less the homosexual activist community who likes to threaten, intimidates, insult, belittle people. You know what I’m not going to put up with it. That’s not my job. I’m not here to be somebody’s piñata,” said Campfield.
Sadly, the comments section at WATE seems to be split about 50-50 in favor of Campfield.
Welcome to Tennessee, I guess…
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