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Don't Say Gay In Tennessee! Saying The Word Might Make Gay Contagious! The GOP Again!

Updated on April 23, 2011

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GOP Legislature In Tennessee Catches Anti-Gay Fever!

The GOP dominated state legislaure in Tennessee is on the verge of passing anti-gay legislation. The 'Don't Say Gay' Bill makes it illegal for teachers to discuss any sexual behavior other than heterosexuality with students in kindergarten through the eighth grade. The state Senate is poised to pass the bill. The bill comes under 'education reform' legislation that the state says it is concentrating on. The state of Tennessee maintains that they have pushed the social agenda to the background. "It's about economic development," said Rep. Gerald McCormick, the House Republican leader. "It's not about gay people." What? Ben Byers, a spokeman for the Tennessee Equality Project, says, "It means teachers can't talk about gay issues or sexuality even with students who may be gay or have a gay family."

Stacey Campfield, 42, the author of the "Don't Say Gay" Bill, tried unsuccessfully to pass the bill for six years while an Assembyman. Now that he is a State Senator and the State House has a Tea Party leaning GOP majority, the bill is reported to be headed towards passage. According to Campfield, the legislation will outlaw saying the word "gay" by any teacher.

Proponents of the bill say they do not want the subject to be broached by teachers. The majority state that parents should be the educators of their children in matters of sex education, yet the bill does not seek to limit sex education dealing with issues of heterosexuality. The state has not researched whether homosexuality is included in any curriculum taught in state schools.

Opponents of the legislation point to the growing suicide rate among younger and younger children, who either are the subject of teasing because they are homosexual or perceived to be homosexual. Further, they point to children who are afraid to broach the subject with their parents and then turn to trusted teachers for advice or help. Opponents say that this bill would block teachers from discussing the issue with the students, in any and all cases. Opponents suggest that almost all students have heard the word 'gay' by the time they are 12 (covered under the legislation), either in teasing, on the internet or on television. To suggest that children will be indoctrinated or that the saying of the word will cause children to become gay is ludicrous.

Other Education Reforms In Tennessee Ignore Scopes!

Tennessee education consistently ranks in the bottom ten performing states in the country, with most statistics ranking the state in the bottom two.

The "Don't Say Gay" legislation accompanies additional 'education reforms' such as prohibiting the teaching of evolution and global warming. The proponents says these are not efforts to teach a point of view; instead they are measures that will promote critical thinking in science education.

As for the teaching of evolution, the Tennessee legislature may have forgotten that this was the type of legislation made the state a laughing stock previously. Do they remember the State of Tennessee vs. John Scopes? Perhaps not. Maybe the legislature should be treated to 'Inherit the Wind', the movie that has entranced millions of viewers since its release in 1960.

Stacey Campfield, the Senator who has proposed the "Don't Say Gay" Bill, has a history of proposing controversial legislation. He has proposed legislation that would allow guns on campuses and legislation requiring that 'aborted fetuses' be issued death certificates.  


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    Man from Modesto 6 years ago from Kiev, Ukraine (formerly Modesto, California)

    I agree with them. School should not be a place of socialization. In California, the OPPOSITE is already law. SB 777 made it illegal to use the words "family" "mother" "father" or anything like that in text books. (They had already removed them years before.) Additionally, schools must now teach communism, and hire at least one communist professor.

    Satanism is now an official religion in the military.

    You seeing a trend here?

    Homosexuality is used by satanists in their rituals to open "portals" or "gateways". Then, they believe, demons can enter our world from the other side.

    There is a much darker plan in progress. Calling what is good bad, and calling evil good is just part of it.

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    Jillian Barclay 6 years ago from California, USA

    Dear d.william,

    The video affected me the same way. I used to think that America was a sharing, compassionate country--don't think that so much anymore--and that is the truly sad part- where and when did we go so wrong?

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    d.william 6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

    I have to tell you, that this article and video literally brought tears to my eyes. What in hell is this country coming to? Who are these awful hate mongers? And when will it all end? The GOP certainly does not have a clue to what destruction they are spreading. Or do they?

    And if you listen to Fox news, they will gladly tell you that all this hatred, bigotry and name calling is coming from the left.

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    Jillian Barclay 6 years ago from California, USA

    Dear Jean,

    You are right! They do seem to concentrate on the moral issues as a distraction! As if that is our most important priority now! What happened to JOBS? Maybe they are planning to create the morality police! Just think how many people that could employ! They could even deputize children to report on their immoral parents and relatives, and pay them lower wages because they are kids! As for birthers, I don't get it! Everyone in Hawaii is given the same certificate of live birth that Obama has. Does that mean that no one in Hawaii can run for President? What a slap in the face to our 50th state.

    Dear Terry,

    Tennessee is in the bottom ten (actually bottom two) in our nation's education rankings. Think these new reforms will make the kids in Tennessee learn more? Never ceases to amaze! I am also wondering why no one has brought suit in all of these states? Maybe they are and it is just not making the news...Wish I was a lawyer- I would do it!

    Dear Fay,

    It is like a parallel universe! Too bad I am in the one that is real! Kind of like Invasion of the Body Snatchers, too- except in these cases, brains are being sucked out and replaced with granite!

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    Fay Paxton 7 years ago

    Jillian, I feel like we're in a parallel universe or something. Legislation is so absurd, it's difficult to believe that no one is speaking out. A soon as I think I've heard the craziest law possible, along comes another Republican. I think I've figured it's a contest to see who can pass the most damning law.

    up/useful and awesome

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    Terry Hirneisen 7 years ago


    Tennessee must take pride in their stupidity. Maybe they want another "Scopes Monkey Trial". Where is this non-intrusive government the right so desperately wants? The government will prevent teachers from saying the word "Gay", teaching "Evolution" and "Climate Change". That is not an non-intrusive government. It is a government that proliferates the propaganda suited to their fascist agenda of controlling the masses. And increased ignorance will ensure their continuing control of government. Where is the ACLU?

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    Jean Bakula 7 years ago from New Jersey

    Hi Jillian,

    I feel sad that this does not surprise me. The thing I don't get is do the R's just concentrate on morality issues to hide the way they are swindling our money? We could surely stop occupying other countries and cut the military by a large amount of cash. Or worse yet, are they such idiots they believe this nonsense, racist, homophobic stuff they spew will make others as intolerant as them? I don't believe the amount of birthers. How can they think a POTUS was not vetted? And they are so dumb, they "want to see Muslim" on his BC. Nobody has a religion on their birth certificate, tee hee!

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    Jillian Barclay 7 years ago from California, USA

    Thank you, John!

    Think that the big money side is now going to make a shady little pact with the God side. The God side is going to be so shocked when they find out they have been used...

    Thank you for your comment! Take care!

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    johnwindbell 7 years ago from - the land of beards and buggies

    Oh yea, and don't forget Alabama, where it's illegal to possess a dildo, among many many other things.

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    johnwindbell 7 years ago from - the land of beards and buggies

    Yep, the one side wants your God, and the other side wants your money. And they will wish you a happy Easter as they do it.

    Nice hub, dude.

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    Jillian Barclay 7 years ago from California, USA

    Dear Chef Lee,

    I am always amazed, too! You are right! It is easier to take money from uninformed people.

    Dear Livelonger,

    That children as young as 10 all the way up through 14 sometimes (middle school age) have no place to run. How is that good? The stories that I have been reading about Tennessee and Georgia are like something out of the middle ages.

    Thank you for reading.

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    Jason Menayan 7 years ago from San Francisco

    I'm sure that throwing rocks at gay children or the children of gay parents will still be very much legal there. Sad.

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    Lee Raynor 7 years ago from Citra Florida

    Hi Jillian, I keep coming back to your hubs to be educated and amazed. It looks to me as if "conservatives" are practicing and actually enforcing ignorance as a policy.The more uninformed the people are the easier it is to manipulate them and take their money.

    Up and Awesome!


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    Jillian Barclay 7 years ago from California, USA

    Hi, Peter!

    Have to keep you informed, right? Nope, not in "Conservative News", although when it passes, it will be considered a victory. Wouldn't it be great if none of our children had to read of things like this?

    I think that what is happening in the individual state houses frames the national debate. To me, it is frightening. Why can't we just let people live? Why do we have to always try to legislate morality? Maybe I need to stop and just let it happen, but if I do that, then I feel like I have helped ignorance triumph.

    Have to read your most recent articles! I am looking forward to them, but am a little slow this morning. I hope you are well!

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    PETER LUMETTA 7 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

    Jillian where do you find this stuff, I'll bet its in the "Conservative News". Although it is funny it is also sad and scary. We seem to we going back in time. It seems we have forgotten our history and are therefore destined to repeat it. I hope my daughter doesn't read this. Peter