Don’t Say Gay legislator: being gay is like shooting heroin.

A Tennessee lawmaker, Stacey Campfield, the man who re-introduced the Don’t Say Gay bill (now called, no shit, the Classroom Protection Act) is onto those sneaky gays.  They don’t just want to love who they please, they also want to keep people from getting sick.

Tennessee state Sen. Stacey Campfield told TMZ that teaching people how to protect themselves from HIV was an attempt to push the gay agenda “down everybody’s throats.”

Yeah, those assholes, trying to stop the spread of life-threatening diseases that also affect straight people.  Not in Stacey Campfeld’s state!  If those gays are running around doing the same things that feel good and create happiness as straight people, they’re damn well going to get HIV if Stacey Campfield has anything to say about it.  Down with the gay agenda!

I don’t get it.  Why is teaching people how to not get sick not the straight agenda?  Why is it not the compassionate agenda?  I use condoms, does that make me gay or just part of their agenda?

It’s kind of interesting; unless you live in Tennessee you likely have no idea who Stacey Campfield is.  You don’t know how he was raised, what his family life is like, or how well he was educated.  But from that one heartless, thoroughly idiotic sentence, I’d be willing to bet literally everything I own that I can name his political party and his religion.  This should tell you something about the relationship between Christianity and idiotic ideas.

Said Campfield: “You know, you could say the same thing about kids who are shooting heroin. We need to show them the best ways to shoot up. No, we don’t. Why do we have to hypersexualize little children? Why can’t we just let little kids be little kids for a while? Why do we have to have little kids be…?”

Except people who shoot up heroin are damaging their health and end up in rehab or jail.  Gay couples are pursuing the same happiness as straight people and wind up, like straight people, holding hands over dinner or with a white picket fence.

Oh wait!  He’s saying that being gay actually harms people.  Well, on one side we have Stacey Campfield, and on the other we have the battery of the most elite psychological minds the world over and the consensus of modern psychology, who say

Research has found no inherent association between any of these sexual orientations and psychopathology. Both heterosexual behavior and homosexual behavior are normal aspects of human sexuality. Both have been documented in many different cultures and historical eras. Despite the persistence of stereotypes that portray lesbian, gay, and bisexual people as disturbed, several decades of research and clinical experience have led all mainstream medical and mental health organizations in this country to conclude that these orientations represent normal forms of human experience. Lesbian, gay, and bisexual relationships are normal forms of human bonding.

And we also have the American Medical Association, which supports “encouraging the development of educational programs for homosexuals to acquaint them with the diseases for which they are at risk; encouraging physicians to seek out local or national experts in the health care needs of gay men and lesbians so that all physicians will achieve a better understanding of the medical needs of this population; and working with the gay and lesbian community to offer physicians the opportunity to better understand the medical needs of homosexual and bisexual patients.”

So it turns out that the psychologists think homosexuality is a normal, happiness-creating aspect to humanity (like straight people who date and get handsy with each other) not to be discouraged, and the doctors, shock and surprise, want to stop the spread of any diseases.  So when Stacey Campfield says this is the “gay agenda”, we can just replace it with “doctor’s agenda”.

But Campfield thinks he knows better than the experts.  On what grounds, you may ask?  Well, here you go.

“My understanding is that it is virtually—not completely, but virtually—impossible to contract AIDS through heterosexual sex,” he said during a radio interview last year. “Most people realize that AIDS came from the homosexual community—it was one guy screwing a monkey, if I recall correctly, and then having sex with men. It was an airline pilot, I believe.”

The man is piss ignorant about the opinions of the experts, piss ignorant about homosexuality/medicine, and hasn’t bothered to acquaint himself with the consensus of the experts.  Yet he considers his opinion golden enough to pass legislation based upon it.  Now I’ll really bet I can guess his religion.  It’s a nifty trick Christianity has going on.  It combines a startling ability to keep people ignorant with convincing them that god endorses their opinions.

But it makes Christians happy, so who would have a gripe with that?  Beliefs are a personal matter that don’t affect other people…like gays.

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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.