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Anti-Gay Lawmaker's Picture Will Remain On High School's Wall Of Fame

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Most of us know Stacey Campfield as the Tennessee State Senator who championed the homophobic "Don't Say Gay" bill earlier this year. To the faculty at Vestal High School in New York, Campfield is an alum, and one worthy of being included in the school's Wall of Fame.

Despite protests from students, faculty and parents who oppose Campfield's discriminatory politics, the school says Campfield's picture will indeed remain on display.

"You may be surprised to know that we have heard from many, many people, including students, who understand and agree with our position [to keep the picture]," said school board President Kim Myers. "Many who feel intimidated and fearful to publicly state their approval for fear of being labeled a bigot or anti-gay. When you attempt to shout down opposing voices, who is the bully?"

Myers also told the gathered crowd that Campfield's picture was put up long before he became a voice for conservative causes, and also pointed out that the picture of another graduate wasn't removed after his name was tarnished. That student was OJ Simpson.

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  1. Kim Myers just doesn't get it at all. With all of the horrible stories we hear pretty consistently regarding LGBTQ students in Tennessee, one would think these adults would take a stand against anti-gay bigotry and create a climate where it's actually OK to be gay and not feel completely looked down upon. But as we see here, students and even faculty protesting means nothing, as HOMOPHOBES are running the show in yet another school system in our country. Calling pro-gay individuals bullies because we won't allow a man who effectively seeks to closet us and ban any use of merely the word gay in schools, and considers being gay a death sentence, get away with his slander and hate speech. Nothing will ever change until homophobes are purged out of the education field.

    Posted by: Francis | Jun 27, 2012 5:57:28 PM


  2. Who's the bully??? Is he f'n serious? And, yeah, I'd be surprised all right if this guy wasn't totally full of shite when he says there are students who support the picture being left on the wall.

    Posted by: Michael | Jun 27, 2012 6:02:37 PM


  3. Awww, poor persecuted Christians. Let's get out the lions. At least then they have a point.

    Posted by: Steve | Jun 27, 2012 6:03:59 PM


  4. Screw it it's just a picture. Here's hoping someone vandalizes it and doesn't get caught.

    Posted by: J. Dredd | Jun 27, 2012 6:14:05 PM


  5. "When you attempt to shout down opposing voices, who is the bully?"

    This is another attempt to confuse the issues of i)freedom of speech and ii) community standards. An example: Do I agree with the platform of the KKK? No. Do I agree that they have free speech in the US? Yes. Do I think that an active KKK member should be held up as a model for my high school? No.
    Same idea here. This is a rhetorical trick used by the GOP all the time.

    Posted by: Eric | Jun 27, 2012 6:18:13 PM


  6. OJ is a bigger villain, but Campyfuck's photo is a finger in the eye of LBGT students every day they walk past it.

    Posted by: Bob | Jun 27, 2012 6:22:00 PM


  7. "When you attempt to shout down opposing voices, who is the bully?"

    Ah, the irony. Stacey Campbell tries not just to shout down gay and lesbian Americans in Tennessee, but to shut them out altogether as invisible, as too terrible even to be mentioned. Yet somehow we're the bullies and he's the victim. Superman never needed to visit Bizarro World when he could have just gone to Christian America for the same up is down, hate is love, bullies are victims nonsense.

    Posted by: Thom Watson | Jun 27, 2012 7:04:01 PM


  8. "when you attempt to SHUT DOWN OPPOSING VOICES..."
    Isn't making legislation against saying the word "gay", just that?

    Posted by: kodiak | Jun 27, 2012 7:06:38 PM


  9. Remember, OJ was found innocent by a jury that heard all of the evidence and was in the court for all of the testimony. I think someday we may find out that someone close to OJ was the actual murderer.

    Posted by: Eric | Jun 27, 2012 7:50:30 PM


  10. So disapproving of legislative bullies makes you a bully too? Kinda like being intolerant of intolerance makes you intolerant. Conservatives are so stupid sometimes. And they all repeat the same crap over and over, whether it makes any sense or not. It's like nobody actually thinks before they open their mouths.

    Posted by: Tony | Jun 27, 2012 8:38:19 PM


  11. Who is the bully?

    You are, Kim.

    Posted by: KevinVT | Jun 27, 2012 9:08:47 PM


  12. If I was O.J., I'd be offended that I was associated with the likes of Stacey Campfield.

    Perhaps he can ask for his picture to be removed, and then Stacey won't be able to say "well O.J.'s picture is up there".

    Posted by: Randy | Jun 27, 2012 9:26:44 PM


  13. The anti-gay Christian wall of shame is where this he should be. The wall of hate is what the anti-gay Christians are building, every day they build their wall with hate and lies and persecution and discrimination. When they build their wall of hate they are destroying the love, the understanding and the truth that God made us all and loves us all and that we are all equal.

    Posted by: Dave | Jun 27, 2012 9:31:29 PM


  14. Of course his picture should stay up on the wall. He is a famous graduate of the school. The alternative is to check into the beliefs, opinions and activities of all the others on the Wall of Fame and take down any that don't pass your test of morality. What a slippery slope.

    Posted by: andrew | Jun 27, 2012 9:52:42 PM


  15. Leave it up. The face if evil should be plain for all to see.

    Posted by: boone68 | Jun 28, 2012 1:45:22 AM


  16. If Vestal High School is putting out winners like Simpson and Campfield, maybe they need to forget the Wall of Fame altogether and take a good hard look at their curriculum.

    Posted by: AC | Jun 28, 2012 10:00:26 AM


  17. As a longtime San Franciscan I was under the impression that OJ Simpson graduated from Galileo High School

    Posted by: JasminA | Jun 28, 2012 11:02:43 AM


  18. As a longtime San Franciscan I was under the impression that OJ Simpson graduated from Galileo High School

    Posted by: JasminA | Jun 28, 2012 11:02:51 AM


  19. Please note: OJ Simpson was not a graduate of Vestal High School and his picture does not appear there. (Simpson attended high school in San Francisco.) Ms. Myers (in the article) equates leaving up Campfield's photo to allowing OJ to retain his Heisman trophy/record.

    Posted by: Mike V. | Jun 28, 2012 8:13:03 PM


  20. Please note: OJ Simpson was not a graduate of Vestal High School and his picture does not appear there. (Simpson attended high school in San Francisco.) Ms. Myers (in the article) equates leaving up Campfield's photo to allowing OJ to retain his Heisman trophy/record.

    Posted by: Mike V. | Jun 28, 2012 8:13:11 PM


  21. Please note: OJ Simpson was not a graduate of Vestal High School and his picture does not appear there. (Simpson attended high school in San Francisco.) Ms. Myers (in the article) equates leaving up Campfield's photo to allowing OJ to retain his Heisman trophy/record.

    Posted by: Mike V. | Jun 28, 2012 8:15:49 PM


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