More Commentary on ‘Don’t Say (or Make that Teach?) Gay’

Sen. Stacey Campfield has written an op-ed piece for The Hill on his legislation, nicknamed the “Don’t Say Gay bill” — though he prefers “Don’t Teach Gay,” as noted in the article. An excerpt:
Because the prevailing movement seems to one eroding the rights, wishes and desires of the parents, I have sponsored this legislation as a preemptive move to ensure that those very weighty and complicated topics remain within the decision-making framework of the family, at least for grades K-8.
I don’t think my constituents need to worry about their children being introduced to such sensitive material. We can teach the biology of the human body without a guide to sex acts.
The United States continues to fall behind in educational achievement. I wish I wouldn’t have to even raise this topic, however, many special interest groups are encouraging the introduction of orientation, transgendered identification, and even experimentation and promiscuity, into school curriculum.
I have received complaints from several parents here in Tennessee regarding what they feel has been inappropriate educational material. I want parents and teachers to rest knowing that these topics are a distraction to the purpose of school and that they won’t be raised in Tennessee.
By keeping these topics out of the official curriculum, we assure both those who promote homosexuality and those who oppose it, that one view won’t be promoted over another.

There are also some recent postings on the topic in Campfield’s blog.
Meanwhile, critical commentary continues from Tennessee columnists. Wendi C. Thomas is the latest. An excerpt:
The legislation is required, Campfield has said, because this is an issue in schools. Where, it’s not clear.
For whom, he hasn’t said — but who needs proof? Why bog down your bigotry with facts when your party controls the state House, Senate and the governor’s office and can ram through just about any hurt legislation it chooses?

See also earlier post on critical commentary from Pam Strickland and Gail Kerr.

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