Our man in La-la Land Stacey Campfield is actually seeing his dreadful “Don’t Say Gay” bill GET SOMEWHERE. The bill, which was adopted by the Tennessee Senate last year and amended to ban the teaching of all but “natural human reproduction science,” just made it through Tennessee’s House education subcommittee. Naturally the discussion surrounding the bill was disgusting and competed with, but did not exceed, Sen. Campfield’s own past statements about homosexuality. Did Campfield’s colleagues feel sorry, or something, that this poor excuse for a human was recently kicked out of a restaurant due to his intolerance of reality? In any case, House education subcommittee chairman Joey Hensley, trapped inside the heart above, remarked that along with not being able to say the word “gay” in schools, parents should not allow their children to watch Modern Family, because then they might realize that the thing they’re learning does not exist from their teachers actually DOES! Inside the TV!
According to Nashville Scene, Hensley actually “scored bonus points” in this, the worst game ever invented, by speaking about Modern Family in the context of this bill, even though what does television have to do with education, you semantics-hating fops?
Hensley’s comments followed a statement on the House floor by a Nashville preacher, who said he was concerned children “might find out about” gay people from the show. So Hensley was simply agreeing with this completely agenda-free, nonpartisan opiner when he said, “I don’t think ‘Modern Family’ is appropriate for children to watch.”
Another pastor also spoke at the hearing, which was attended by a decent contingent of young protesters, and his take proves that not everyone in Tennessee is completely insane. Of homosexuality, Rev. Thomas Kleinert said:
Our children have to deal with that complexity long before they’ve reached sufficient maturity. Silence in the classroom only adds to the cloak of pain and shame, whereas open, age-appropriate conversation may give them a chance and the courage to talk to an adult they trust.
Perhaps Stacey Campfield IS the person clad in the cloak of pain and shame/flea costume in that photo????
The House’s Democratic leader, Craig Fitzhugh, said helpfully that this bill is “a solution looking for a problem.” Incidentally, Modern Family is one of the Obamas’ favorite shows, along with rebellious Boardwalk Empire and sad Homeland! [Nashville Scene via Towleroad]