“Don’t Say Gay” Author Shows How Ignorant He Is

From Lezgetreal: http://lezgetreal.com/2011/04/dont-say-gay-author-shows-how-ignorant-he-is

04/23/11-by Bridgette P. LaVictoire

Tennessee State Senator Stacey Campfield believes that if you stop saying the word ‘gay’ we’ll all go away. The problem with that belief, of course, is that it is not true. He also holds some rather boring views on homosexuality. His views are not the usual rundown of hatemongering speech that we have come to expect out of, oh say, Maggie Gallagher. After all, Maggie can at least vary it up a little and lie a lot better than this guy.

Campfield believes that his little attempt to ban the speech of teachers in his state would allow teachers more time to focus on core subjects like arithmetic and reading. That is, of course, something that his state is failing abysmally at anyway, but it is doubtful that this will ever work as a means to actually get his teachers to teach their subjects properly.

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From Raw Story: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/04/24/tennessee-dont-say-gay-bill-clears-senate-committee/

Author of ‘don’t say gay’ bill likened homosexuality to bestiality in 2009

By Eric W. Dolan
Sunday, April 24th, 2011

Legislation that prohibits teachers from discussing homosexuality and even saying the word “gay” in kindergarten through eighth-grade classrooms was approved by a key committee in the Tennessee State Senate on Friday.

The legislation, Senate Bill 49, would make it illegal for teachers to discuss any sexual orientation or behavior other than heterosexuality before the ninth grade. The bill has come to be known by its critics as the “don’t say gay” bill.

The bill’s sponsor, Republican State Senator Sen. Stacey Campfield, said he was not homophobic, but the progressive blog ThinkProgress recently dug up a 2009 radio interview in which he compares homosexuality to bestiality.

“You teach about the Civil Rights Movement,” the state senator was asked. “Why not teach about the Gay Rights Movement?”

“Because they’re different types of movements,” Campfield responded. “If I want to talk about the bestiality movement, do you think we should be teaching that?”

KnoxNews reported that Campfield unsuccessfully pushed for similar legislation for six years as a member of the state House.

An amendment to the “don’t say gay” bill requires the Board of Education to conduct a study to determine if any teaching about homosexuality is occurring, but the bill would ban the discussion of homosexuality regardless of the Boards findings. The Board of Education said it was not aware of any incidents in which homosexuality was discussed in a classroom.

Continue reading at: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/04/24/tennessee-dont-say-gay-bill-clears-senate-committee/

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