I'm at the point that when someone asks me where I'm from, I can lie like a dog without batting an eyelid. Boston, Seattle, New York City, San Francisco, Denver. Take your pick. Anywhere but Anytown, Tennessee.
Don't get me wrong. I love my state. The scenery is stunningly beautiful, but I swan you-all, something besides manure must be getting mixed in with the fertilizer because our legislators seem to be going bat shit crazy and the populace either approves or is in la-la land after sippin' too much moonshine.
Tennessee Homophobe-In-Chief Campfield and his Aide-de-Camp Joey Hensley also argue that gay students should be offered so-called reparative therapy, despite the fact that the Human Rights Campaign, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the American Psychological Association consider it dangerous, harmful and unethical.
|Hensley - center|
Of course this august body of homophobes gets plenty of ideas and support from the Christian Right in it's drive to keep the state's citizenry straight and narrow. A bill now working its way through chambers would take away the right for Vanderbilt University police to make arrests. According to The Tennessee Family Action Council, an Evangelical Christian group led by David Fowler, "the university's nondiscrimination policy discriminates against religious Christians." How so? "Because the policy forces campus sanctioned Christian organizations to allow gay people to join them."
No wonder teachers are so unhappy.
At the rate this state is moving forward - or backward - it's just a matter of time before the legislature bans teaching in classrooms altogether.
|Back to the future - one room schoolhouse|
ADDITION: This pending piece of legislation has nothing to do with gays or education but the impact on attracting new businesses to our state and perhaps encouraging the ones already operating to move on could prove disastrous to our already struggling economy. According to the 2010 census Tennessee ranks 8th from the bottom of the barrel among the 50 states in poverty.