Don't say gay bill dangerously close in Tennessee

What the hell, Tennessee?  First creationism, now this nonsense.

Under the measure, elementary and middle school teachers would be prohibited from discussing sexual activity that is not related to “natural human reproduction science.” “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,” Rep. Joey Hensley (R), the bill’s sponsor said.

Natural reproductive science?  So, if this bill passes, here’s what you guys in Tennessee can do to help it backfire: send public schools the freaking science.  The American Psychological Association has plenty to say on the subject.  No, seriously.  Also, schools in Tennessee should find themselves inundated with the reproductive science surrounding homosexual practices in other species (all of which probably just hate god).

And this would prohibit talking about…wait for it…gay people.  No talking about their rights, whether or not they’re bullied, etc.  It’s the same bullshit that’s been going on up in Minnesota and has resulted in a huge uptick in suicides amongst gay teens.  The effect of similar bills elsewhere has been to lift protection from LGBT students and to even grant some to their bullies.

To Joey Hensley, it doesn’t matter if you don’t agree with it.  Homosexuality is real.  LGBT people are real.  The medical and psychological experts (you know, the ones who are giving us the science on the issue) have told us that there’s nothing at all pathological about gay people.  I don’t give the first shit how firmly you disagree with reality, legislation should not be there to serve your prejudices – it should be there to see equality enshrined.

It is a sad day indeed when congressmen can be self-centered enough pit themselves against the ideal of legislation.

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About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.