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Tennessee Bill Debated Today to Ban Gay in Schools

March 18, 2009 By: jaysays Category: Discrimination, LGBT News, Youth Issues

Radical extremist and Religious Reich member, Stacey Campfield, of Tennessee has introduced more controversial legislation.  With his latest push to outlaw the word “gay” from Tennessee schools, Campfield has stooped to a new low.

The proposed ban would prevent public elementary and middle school educators from providing information about nay form of sexual orientation and/or gender identity with the exclusion being heterosexuality.

On Mr. Campfield’s blog, which I refuse to link to but can be found easily enough, Mr. Campfield writes this about education:

Pass Education first so education can become funded properly instead of just a battle cry for more taxes, Pass local option for election of school superintendents to give locals more power and input in fixing their education system, Allow school choice at least for students in failing schools to help get kids a first class education, Remove teacher tenure putting teachers under civil service protection so teachers can be held accountable and principals can fix failing schools, allow merit pay for teachers who work in failing schools or improve standardized test scores of children to reward success and achievement, Allow home school students to play sports in schools their family pay taxes on.

It seems Mr. Campfield has forgotten his own words, “help get kids a first class education.”

On the bright side, at least in my humble opinion, such a bill would criminalize the Bible (or at least teaching the Bible) since homosexuality is discussed [allegedly] within its texts.

See also: Birmingham Progressive Politics Examiner: Extremist anti-gay bill ‘Don’t Say Gay’ debated in Tennessee today.

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6 Comments to “Tennessee Bill Debated Today to Ban Gay in Schools”


  1. This reminds me of a little gem I found in Reader’s Digest. Apparently, the AFA feels the word “gay” has been tainted, and its software on onenewsnow.com automatically changes the word to “homosexual.” This was a problem when they ran an AP article about the olympics. It mentioned an athlete named “Tyson Homosexual.” Yeah.

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  2. Hmm, my comment is repeatedly being flagged as “spam”. Do you flag anything that doesn’t agree with you 100% as spam? New comment to see if this is true.

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  3. WOW. Looks like. Okay, I guess I will edit some words?

    How does banning one word, one word that is commonly used as an insult no less, prevent one from discussing alternatives to heterosexual lifestyles? Have they banned all variants of the term, or simply the one that my students like to throw around at the merest hint of being annoyed.

    In my school I am not likely to hear, “teacher, I think I’m g–.” Nor am I likely to say, “there are many examples of g–s in the animal kingdom!” because I the term I am more likely to use, as it is more descriptive and academically sound, is homosexual.

    No, what would be far more likely to be heard at my school is:

    “That test was g–.”

    “Man, coming to class is g–.”

    “Did you see that flyer? G–!”

    When I catch my students using g– in this negative way I tell them to knock it off. It is akin to them saying, “that test was so bad it was homosexual!” Honestly, I think flatly outlawing the word will not work, but it is not for reasons that you’re assuming it is.

    Hell, if it worked I would like to throw in “rape” next. Too many of my students claim to have been “raped” by a test, or by bookstore buy backs – no wonder they cannot comprehend the devastation of actual rape.

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  4. Okay – perfect evidence for my argument right there. When I use the word….you know….starts with a g and ends with a y and can mean happy or homosexual….your spam filter FLAGS IT. Might want to work on that before you throw stones.

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    • I was unaware that the third-party spam filter software filters the word “gay” – thank you for bringing that to my attention. I will review alternates or solutions and hopefully resolve that issue in the future.

      As to your other comments, please note that this article is in excess of 2 years old and I was just a baby media personality back then. I have no recollection of most of the context of the bill due to the remoteness of time. I do believe a new, similar bill was introduced in TN this legislative session, but leave you to research that for yourself. Have a wonderful day, Kaitlin – and I do hope you are more constructive and informed with your criticisms of your students.

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  5. Okay – now I’ve read the bill on another site and you really just need to brush up on your journalism skills. You’ve misrepresented the point of the story and its potential impacts.

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