Thursday, April 19, 2012

The 'Don't Say Gay' bill moves forward

They are really losing in my home state. Yesterday, the Don't Say Gay bill passed in the House education committee by a 8 to 7 vote. It will now, head to the House for a vote.

This is a mess, because it has drawn a lot of attention that negatively paints the Tennessee education system as ridiculous. Here's what the bill's supporters had to say:
Bill sponsor Rep. Joey Hensley, R-Hohenwald, and others argued that outside groups and some teachers slip those conversations in, and the bill serves as an accountability reminder.

“I have two children — in the third- and fourth-grade — and don’t want them to be exposed to things I don’t agree with,” Hensley said. “... Even though the state board disallows this now, I’m afraid it does happen, and sex education is talked about in a way that it is acceptable.”

Rep. Joe Carr, R-Lascassas, who voted for the bill, said he’s seen documentation that outside groups are entering classrooms at the invitation of principals and teachers and not staying within the curriculum guidelines.
“And they should,” he said after the vote.

Schools caught in violation of the state’s sex education policies can have state money withheld, and teachers face a $50 fine and up to 30 days in jail, according to state law. The bill passed the Senate last year.
Well, Hensley, if you don't like mustard should all the schools ban mustard? Plus this ain't about you, this is about education.

Wow, are they really scared of gays?And do they want their kids to be blind to reality?


1 comment:

Writer said...

Straight people have it too much in their heads that a discussion of sexuality is actually about sex; ergo, if straight people weren't so pervy (all the time) the discussion could focus on sexuality...rather than sex.

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