News release/statement from Tennessee Democratic Party
Nashville, Tenn.(February 23, 2016)- “Tennessee Democratic Party Chair Mary Mancini today called on state Sen. Brian Kelsey to withdraw his legislation that extends accreditation authority to an organization founded by a defender of slavery.
“Doug Wilson has espoused the most repulsive beliefs imaginable, defending slavery, proposing to exile people who are gay and lesbian and killing people for infidelity,” Mancini said. “It is unconscionable that Sen. Kelsey would bring legislation to extend accrediting authority to an organization he founded and still serves. The hate he spreads has no place in our schools, and I am calling on Sen. Kelsey to withdraw the bill.”
From The Tennessean:
Kelsey’s bill, SB1792, would add the Association of Classical and Christian Schools to the state’s list of accredited organizations for church-related schools. The association has 15 schools in Tennessee, according to the association’s website.
…Wilson is an “ex officio” member of the association’s board of directors.
State legislators discussed the bill on the Senate floor Monday. Sen. Jeff Yarbro, D-Nashville, said he was concerned about Wilson. Yarbro said Wilson co-authored a paper that said slavery existed in the South based upon mutual affection and confidence.
“I am a little worried … that we are giving accreditation authority to the sort of the extreme of the extreme in this instance,” Yarbro said.
“I am not aware of those issues at all,” Kelsey said at Monday’s Senate floor session. Kelsey delayed the bill to Wednesday’s Senate floor session.
UPDATE: When it came up Wednesday, Kelsey sent the bill back to the Senate Calendar Committee rather than bring it to a vote.
See also Jeff Woods. An excerpt:
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Wilson has written that slavery in the South was a “life of plenty.” In a booklet titled Southern Slavery, As it Was, he wrote: “Slavery as it existed in the South … was a relationship based upon mutual affection and confidence. … There has never been a multiracial society which has existed with such mutual intimacy and harmony in the history of the world.”
He told Christianity Today that he supports “exile [of] some homosexuals, depending on the circumstances and the age of the victim.” He added, “There are circumstances where I’d be in favor of execution for adultery.” Cursing one’s parents is likewise “deserving of punishment by death.”
More on Wilson: He has said a rapist should be able to make his victim his bride by paying her father. Woman “was created to be dependent and responsive to a man,” Wilson wrote, adding that feminists “rob women of their beauty in submission.”