Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Outlawing Teaching of Homosexuality in Tenn.

The Tennessee Senate will vote on the "Don’t Say Gay" bill that would outlaw "the teaching or furnishing of materials on human sexuality other than heterosexuality in public school grades K-8."

UPDATE 1/18/12: House takes up bill; expected to pass, but not soon

UPDATE 5/21/11: Senate OKs bill, but House won't act until next year

-- From "Tennessee Considers Banning Teaching Homosexuality in Elementary Schools" posted at 4/26/11

Public school teachers in Tennessee could lose their tenure or their jobs for discussing homosexuality with their students under a new bill.

The author of the bill, state Sen. Stacey Campfield, has been trying to advance the bill for several years as member of the House. But he only got momentum when Republicans won control of the governor's mansion, House and Senate in November for the first time since the Civil War-era.

Campfield said his bill aims to stop gay-rights activists from pushing their agenda in the classroom. He cited children's programming that taught homosexuality and said "several" teachers have informed him that they're already teaching the material.

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From "'Don't Say Gay' Bill May Ban Tennessee Teachers From Discussing Homosexuality" by Kayla Webley, Time Magazine 4/25/11

The bill supporters, including sponsor Sen. Stacey Campfield, a Republican from Knoxville who unsuccessfully pushed the same bill in the House for six years before being elected to the Senate, say the bill is "neutral" and simply leaves it up to families to decide when it is an appropriate time to talk to their kids about sexuality.

But in only restricting speech about homosexuality, not heterosexuality, the measure seems to have a more one-sided agenda than the sponsor purports. That point has led gay-rights activists to call the bill a form of discrimination, especially as it bars teachers from talking about gay issues or sexuality even with students who identify as gay or have gay parents.

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From "Talks on Homosexuality Not for Classroom, Says 'Don't Say Gay' Bill Author" by Lawrence D. Jones, Christian Post Reporter 4/27/11

Families, not schools, should decide when it is an appropriate time to discuss issues on sexuality, the Tennessee senator behind the "Don’t Say Gay" bill told CNN Tuesday.

The measure, SB49, is expected to head to the Tennessee Senate floor on Thursday. It was cleared by the Tennessee Senate Education Committee 6 to 3 last Wednesday. All the no votes came from Democrats.

His proposal would leave the handling of controversial topics in the hands of parents. According to the congressman, the bill is neutral and not discriminatory because it would prevent anyone with an agenda from speaking on homosexuality in the classroom, either for or against.

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Click headlines below to read previous articles:

Homosexual Indoctrination Mandated for Schools

'Teaching Gay History' Law for California

Another Homosexual Training Law for Calif. Schools

Gay Recruitment of Kids: Obama's Czar Legacy

Supreme Court Allows Gay Agenda to Trump Parental Rights