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]


  1. Derrick from Philly says

    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.

  2. Michael W. says

    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.

  3. says

    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.

  4. Jake says

    “…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)

  5. David says

    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.

  6. wetcnt says

    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.

  7. Mike in the Tundra says

    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!!!

  8. johhny says

    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!

  9. Dan says

    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.

  10. Frank L says

    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.

  11. patrick nyc says

    ‘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.

  12. craig says

    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.

  13. Paul R says

    I don’t know, despite all the obvious clues that he’s queer, I have to wonder if it’s true. What kind of redheaded queen would wear an orange tie? (No offense to the Gingers out there.)

    Maybe he thinks it’s effective color coordination, but he’s wrong. Then again, Larry Craig dresses like shit too. But he’s just a cheap SOB.

  14. Vi Agara says

    You sure this isn’t an Onion story? A 40 year old bachelor named Stacey Campfield? A law against talking about gays and lesbians? You want every school child in TN to talk about Gays and Lesbians? Pass this law.

  15. Strepsi says

    I just have to add – no-one has mentioned that as 1 of his 2 examples of hetrerosexual sex he uses “Jack and Jill went up the hill” – IS HE SAYING JACK AND JILL WERE FUCKING? Oh my god — I NEVER got that from that nursery rhyme! What a dirty pervert! STACEY IS A DIRTY PERVERT! HE SHOULD BE BANNED!!!

  16. Disgusted American says

    Me thinks lil’ Stacey got Plumb teased alot…about his name when he was a kid…and this closet case is “escared”….what a sad,pathetic man!

  17. Mary, Really Late Dowager Queen of the British Empire, Ireland, Empress of India, etc..... says

    Yes my loyal subjects, My GayDar is off the charts. Pity, I have some Gingers in my family too.

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