Saturday, May 21, 2011

In Tennessee You Can't Say Gay, so Say Takei!

So if you can't say the word "gay," gay people cease to exist in our children's world? Is that the logic of pretending that gay people don't exist (but only until the kids are in 8th grade, then they all suddenly exist again)? Maybe that would work with poverty and ignorance, too?

What a bunch of dumbasses. Maybe I should be compassionate toward their ignorant and backward thinking, but I can't - they are trying to teach kids, albeit indirectly, that 3-5% of the population does not exist.

Tenn. Senate OKs ban on teaching of homosexuality

Critics deride the chamber's passage of the "don't say gay" bill

Tenn. Senate OKs ban on teaching of homosexuality
Tennessee State Capitol building

A bill passed Friday by the Tennessee Senate would forbid public school teachers and students in grades kindergarten through eight from discussing the fact that some people are gay.

Opponents deride the measure as the "don't say gay bill." They say it's unfair to the children of gay parents and could lead to more bullying. Supporters say it is intended to give teachers clear guidance for dealing with younger children on a potentially explosive topic.

The bill isn't likely to be taken up by the House before lawmakers adjourn this spring, but the sponsor there has said he would push it forward in 2012 when the General Assembly comes back for the second year of the session.

Passage would make Tennessee the first state to enact such legislation, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. In 2003, Washington defeated a proposal similar to Tennessee's, as did California in 2005 and 2006. A Louisiana law forbids the use of sexually explicit materials depicting homosexuality in sex education classes.

Read more - unless is will make your head explode.

On the lighter side, if you can't say "gay," say Takei - George Takei. This bit of levity comes from The New Civil Rights Movement:

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George Takei, star of Star Trek TOS, and a popular LGBT activist and cult hero, has a few words for our friends in Tennessee. The Tennessee state senate this week passed a bill that bans the use of the word “gay,” or any reference to homosexuality. The “don’t-say-gay” bill could be passed in the House next year and if the Governor signs it, it will become law.

So George Takei has offered his services — and his name — to the state of Tennessee.

If you can’t say “gay,” say, “Takei!”

Oh, and if you’re in Tennessee, there’s a rally on Sunday to protest (what must be) the unconstitutional bill.

Remember, it’s OK to be Takei! (all proceeds go to charity)

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