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Tennessee Bill Would Bar Teachers from Discussing Homosexuality

A bill filed by Representative Stacey Campfield of Knoxville would ban "any instruction or materials discussing sexual orientation other than heterosexuality" in the Tennessee's public schools.

Campfield"Campfield says the bill was a response to a National Education Association resolution that suggests schools provide information on diversity of sexual orientation and gender identification in sex-education classes. 'I think the schools should stick to the basics: reading, writing, and arithmetic. And maybe some civics,' says Campfield. 'But teaching transgenderism to middle school students ... I don't think that's the road we should go down. I think that's what parents should be doing.' Currently, individual school boards decide whether or not sexual orientation and gender identity will be discussed within the sex-ed curriculum. Memphis City School officials are currently considering a new curriculum that would address sexual orientation and gender identity. Shelby County School officials did not return phone calls by press time."

Campfield thinks heterosexual sex should be discussed because of procreation: "If I were to say 'Jack and Jill went up the hill' or 'George Washington and Martha Washington were husband and wife,' there are groups out there that would say we were pushing a heterosexual agenda. To keep those lawsuits from coming, I thought we should still be able to talk about that side of it."

Gimme a break.

Don't Say "Gay" [memphis flyer]

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  1. I call "toe tapper" on Mr. Campfield

    Posted by: Ed | Feb 1, 2008 4:26:53 PM

  2. Now, let's say Tennessee passes this idiotic bill. A gay rights group, a teacher, the ACLU challenges the law. It gets to the Supreme Court in 2010. A Court which has two new appointments from President John McCain. He used those two appointments to appease and pacify the right-wing of the Republican Party, and so they are two right-wing facists. The two new facists vote along with Roberts, Alito, Thomas & the sub-human Scalia to uphold the Tennessee law. Now, do y'all see why it's so important to stop this stupid bickering about Barack and Hillary, and just accept the nominee, and vote Democrat. Y'all will drive me to drink...more.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Feb 1, 2008 4:31:05 PM

  3. Im with you Ed. Stacey has gay face.

    Posted by: secretagentman | Feb 1, 2008 4:32:55 PM

  4. I'd be okay with leaving the discussion of homosexuality out if only they would agree to stick Science is as one of their basics (reading, writing, and arithmatic). And make it smart Science, not any of that intelligent design crap.

    Posted by: Michael W. | Feb 1, 2008 4:39:42 PM

  5. to miss derrick: you said it, mama! right on!

    Posted by: the queen | Feb 1, 2008 4:41:55 PM

  6. Oh for fuck's sake. A man called Stacey Campfield is overcompensating, methinks.

    P.S. Bratz dolls have already taught transgenderism to Americas tots. That train left the station four holiday seasons ago.

    Posted by: FASTLAD | Feb 1, 2008 4:44:08 PM

  7. Fastlad, you forgot about all those transgendered Ken dolls.

    Posted by: RJ | Feb 1, 2008 4:57:07 PM

  8. I say tell the man it's OK that he's gay.

    Posted by: tim | Feb 1, 2008 5:01:05 PM

  9. Dear Miss Stacey Campfield,
    Please give my regards to Larry Craig next time you see him in the airport bathroom.

    Posted by: Hephaestion | Feb 1, 2008 5:01:07 PM

  10. The next Craig toe tapper

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Feb 1, 2008 5:09:25 PM

  11. hee hee! he said "go down..."

    Posted by: alguien | Feb 1, 2008 5:13:57 PM

  12. "...and maybe some civics."

    Yeah, we wouldn't want them hillbillies to know anything about them thar faggots nor thar civil rights or how thar govmunt werks.

    What a Douche

    (he does have a purty mouth tho)

    Posted by: Jake | Feb 1, 2008 5:17:33 PM

  13. Oh boy, more bullshit southern education. I love how science and music aren't considered part of the "basics." And only MAYBE civics! I guess that's so the little kiddies will grow up with no idea how to oust this asshole from power.

    Posted by: David | Feb 1, 2008 5:29:13 PM

  14. Derrick, have you been reading the Karl Rove handbook? Citing hypothetical situations as if they were reality in an attempt to scare us into blindly following you is classic politics.

    Here's a fact to think about: A quick look at history proves that you can't predict what Supreme Court Justices are going to do after appointment. They frequently rule in ways that anger the party that appointed them.

    And my own opinion: For over 200 years our system of government has worked. I believe it will continue to withstand any hyperbole or dramatic predictions thrown at it.

    Posted by: wetcnt | Feb 1, 2008 5:33:39 PM

  15. I'm not certain about the wording of the bill, but it's possible a teacher might get fired for mentioning that Walt Whitman or Alexander the Great were homosexual.

    As for Stacey .... would somebody get him a cock to suck! Stat!!!

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Feb 1, 2008 5:36:54 PM

  16. no one's mentioned thus far that his profile on the tennessee HOR page states that he's 40 years old & single.

    Posted by: alguien | Feb 1, 2008 5:41:38 PM

  17. Gee, let's just pretend that there are no other orientations, Stacey, hon. That-a-way, when your gay son or his friends are trying to figure out who they are they'll need to either:

    a. go into deep denial like you and larry craig, but get caught later

    b. run away from home and become part of the porn industry

    c. commit suicide

    Nice choices, hurray for middle America!

    Posted by: johhny | Feb 1, 2008 5:46:15 PM

  18. Thank goodness the teachers will still be able to discuss bestiality and incest.

    Posted by: homer | Feb 1, 2008 6:00:53 PM

  19. I agree with this man. It's very important to keep young people ignorant and uninformed about the facts of life, including the fact that some people are gay... and that throughout history there have been gay people.
    It's important to make sure that our children remain ignorant and uninformed about many things. This is one of them.

    Posted by: Dan | Feb 1, 2008 6:02:06 PM

  20. His view of education seems to be that it is preachin', not teachin'.

    Posted by: anon ( | Feb 1, 2008 6:06:43 PM

  21. These comments made my day.

    "Stacey" indeed. I wonder what growing up in the Tennessee school system was like for him. Oh, wait, he was probably home-schooled.

    Posted by: Frank L | Feb 1, 2008 6:33:36 PM

  22. 'Camp' 'Field' not too ironic. Not to mention Stacey. Man did your parents know you were gay. Like all closeted GOP trolls he doth protest to hide the fact that with a bit longer hair he'd be Fey, I mean Clay Aiken.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Feb 1, 2008 6:39:29 PM

  23. Stacy Campfield? What a great drag name. I'll bet Stacy looks great in a slinky gold lame gown!

    Posted by: Bob R | Feb 1, 2008 6:49:32 PM

  24. As yes...and just south of the Blue Grass white trash are the lovely people of TN. Wow, maybe the states are now in collusion to see who can bash the fags next. So glad I got the hell outta that part of the country. If their God really needs something to be concerned with he need not look any further than their back yard.

    Posted by: craig | Feb 1, 2008 6:53:55 PM

  25. Go Figure he is a Right Wing Nut who's favorite book it the Bible and he is SINGLE! You figure it out folks!

    Posted by: Mike | Feb 1, 2008 7:01:51 PM

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