The Tennessee Bubble: Gay Prohibition

Shhhh…. If we don’t say the word “homosexual”, ┬áit won’t exist.”

At least that’s what some Republican legislators in Tennessee believe. St. Sen. Stacey Campfield (R) believes that no elementary school, nor middle school student should ever hear the word “homosexuality”.

Sections 1 and 2 of SB49:

“(1) The general assembly recognizes the sensitivity of particular subjects that are best explained and discussed in the home. Human sexuality is a complex subject with societal, scientific, psychological, and historical implications; those implications are best understood by children with sufficient maturity to grasp their complexity.

(2) Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, no public elementary or middle school shall provide any instruction or material that discusses sexual orientation other than heterosexuality.”

So basically, what they are saying is: “Homosexuality isn’t real, and if we ignore it, it will go away. By the time children get to high school they will already be well indoctrinated into the heterosexual lifestyle, and there will be no chance of homosexuality ever emerging from within our developing youth. We plan to make a bubble so thick that even a big rainbow sized pin couldn’t dare pop it. If a child comes to you stating that they think they might be gay, quickly tell them that they are going through a phase, everybody has those feelings, and they will soon find love within the heterosexual world. Thy will be done.”

This law is basically saying that homosexuality is a learned psychological behavior that defies God…even science, and throughout history it has been allowed to become a societal norm.

Here’s the catch, it is a societal norm. By keeping children in that bubble you are creating a very volatile situation for very fragile lives. You are not only saying that being gay is not okay, but you are making it the law.

In a state that wanted to make Sharia Law a crime, they are doing the same thing with this Theocratic Fundamentalist Christianification of the youth in Tennessee. They are defying the Constitution of the United States of America: “make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” They are making a law based off of religious theology. Not to mention the violation of free speech. The American Psychiatric Association has also proven that being gay is not a mental disorder, nor a lifestyle choice. What being gay is, is being human. What denying homosexuality does, is prevent natural child development. It tells a child that if they think they are gay there must be something wrong with them. Why? Because it was the “Christian” opinion of a Republican legislature.

Dear Tennessee,

The Bubble will pop. It always does. Let’s just hope not too many children are damaged by your bigotry and hate.