Tennessee Bill: It’s OK To Bully Gay Kids If You’re A Christian Or A Republican.

Author: January 5, 2012 12:30 pm

Ever have deja vu? Ever have it so hard it made your head explode? Well, I’m still scraping my skull off the floor. Two months ago (almost to the day) I posted an article about Michigan’s Anti-Gay Bullying Law that literally made it OK to bully gay kids if you’re a Christian. Well, never one to be outdone on religiously inspired bigotry and hate, Tennessee has seen fit to introduce the same kind of “exemption” but take it so much further.


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via TPMmuckraker:

The proposed bill would amend the state’s current anti-bullying laws to specify that the anti-bully policy should “not be construed or interpreted to infringe upon the First Amendment rights of students and shall not prohibit their expression of religious, philosophical, or political views” as long as there’s no physical threat or threat to another student’s property.

So not only can you verbally abuse gay kids if you’re a Christian but you’ll be able to do it if you’re a Republican or even just “philosophically opposed.” This means you can come up with any reason at all to abuse homosexuals and the state will give you carte blanche to do it. Tennessee is the same state that tried to pass the “Don’t Say Gay” law that would have prohibited teachers from speaking about homosexuals in the classroom, so they’re no stranger to unreasoning hatred.

To make it all so much worse, unlike Republicans in Michigan, the GOP in Tennessee wants to amend an already existing law. Michigan was attempting to pass its law when conservative bigots tried to gut it by including the “exemption” language (they later dropped it in a compromise bill). Tennessee already has an anti-gay bullying law on the books and the new language is to be added. Apparently taking away the ability to torture and harass gay kids is an intolerable affront to liberty.

The freedom to drive children to suicide is not a freedom at all. It’s granting special privileges to those who practice hate as a lifestyle. In contrast, you can say bad things about homosexuals in general. You can hold anti-gay parades. You can go on Fox News and tell the sheep that gays are destroying the world. You can make fun of Barney Franks’ homosexuality because he’s a public figure. These are all protected forms of expression, distasteful as they are. But the second you direct it a private citizen and do so repeatedly, you are engaged in an assault and you are NOT protected by the Constitution nor, it would appear, your conscience.  Such behavior should never be tolerated in a society that supposedly cherishes diversity. But, then again, the Right has never cherished differences, it demands conformity and always has. Gays are just another “Other” for them to hate.

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  • It’s things like this that drive me closer and closer to atheism.

  • Unfortunately, this is part for Tennessee’s course. I am a non-Christian and a distinct minority in my mostly suburban/rural part of the state. I get a lot of stuff for that, but it is nothing compared to those in the LBGT community. Some people are more understanding and accepting than others, but it is still a long road just made longer.

    This week I am going to re-register to vote(never did after I moved from the other side of Nashville to where I am now three years ago). I will vote out anyone who supported that bill, its previous version, or anything else similar.

  • Ola! Addictinginfo,
    This question may be a little off-topic, Republican State Senator Stacey Campfield of Knoxville appears close to victory in a measure he’s been pushing for six years to make it illegal to discuss any sexual behavior other than heterosexuality with students in kindergarten up to the eighth grade. So teachers and even school social workers wouldn’t be able to discuss homosexuality at all, even if the subject of gay civil rights, gay suicide or gay bullying came up. For example, many Late Elementary School and Middle School students learn about the Holocaust in Nazi Germany. We now know that at least 100,000 men were arrested as homosexuals in Nazi Germany. But, if this Bill were to pass you could not mention this or that most of them were killed! What do you think?
    Thanks

  • I’m confused. It seems to me you are misrepresenting this bill. It doesn’t give the right to bully to anyone – it merely protects the right of opinion. Let’s pretend an atheist democrat 15 year old stands up and says to his peers, “I think homosexuality is a dangerous lifestyle because they only make up 4% of our population yet over 60% of all HIV cases in the US are attributed to them.” Without this law, that 15 year old kid could be facing detention (or worse) for simply disagreeing with the homosexual lifestyle.

    • check your facts, bro.

      Actually, you should probably check a lot of things. I’d start with yourself.

      the only thing to fear is fear itself…

    • Which would be justified, due to two things: 1. His facts are outdated, and 2. taken out of context of the big picture.

      • Don’t write if you don’t know what you’re speaking of. How could my facts be outdated, this bill was just recently getting any highlight. It is, infact, mean to protect opinion – if you believe that is “outdated” you’re not very bright.

    • I would just like to say… What gives that 15 year old the right to make remarks about other peoples life’s, I’d just like to say that heterosexuals are 100% responsible for abortion, children in care, don’t you feel that is a more pressing issue? I feel this is simply pointing the finger and not dealing with the problem, simply stating that homosexuals are the major contributors of HIV will not solve the problem, but inflame it.
      I feel that self and religious expression can only go so far and someones beliefs should not be put in front of someones right to life.

      • “What gives that 15 year old the right to make remarks about other peoples lives”

        The constitution.

        • learn to read

          The constitution gives you the right to free speech. But it also gives everybody a right to exist, without prejudice; “establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”
          15 year olds speak what their parents have taught them. So do teach yours better, if you don’t know this.

    • And I’m philosophically opposed to people who are black because they make up less than 20% of our general population and over 60% of our prison population.

      Doesn’t work that way. Teachers should facilitate discussion about the actual causes of issues (ie unprotected sex) instead of discrimination. In any classroom I’ve been in, your imaginary 15 year old would have been promptly corrected. This law will protect infinitely less intellectual, more hurtful remarks than that of an HIV statistic the vast majority of the time its protection is used.

      • Why would you focus on what the hypothetical 15 year old said in my post, and not the post itself? Who the heck cares what the 15 year old said…the point is, he deserves to be able to say it. The fact you’ve missed this goes to show you come at this problem not logically, not constitutionally, but emotionally and misguided emotion at that.

        • I’m fifteen, and even if the constitution backs us, you can still get sent to the office, get bad marks, and even get suspended for saying things that are hurtful tward other people

    • You have your numbers off by a large margin. Way more the 4% of the population is homosexual and HIV has spread largely into a wide range of people. Some Caucasians have been found to have an immune to HIV but HIV is primarily a poverty issue then it is a homosexuality issue. I think this bill is worded so that the religious right have a loophole they can use to bully homosexuals. Why else would they have to make it, we already have the right to express our beliefs.

    • Jackie Nunweiler

      It seems to me that you’re only looking at the surface of the amendment, and not thinking about all of the things that could go wrong because of it. This is about an anti-bullying law, put in place to protect people who need it, who can’t stand up for themselves because they’re scared. Sure, the amendment says it’s protecting people’s right to free speech, but if that’s all you think it’s going to do, you are living with blinders on. You’re hypothetical 15 year old would NOT have gotten in trouble because that was not a bullying statement. But if this is passed, a real 15 year old who tells a class mate they’re worthless and disgusting because of their sexual preference, and ends it with “because the Bible says so” won’t get in trouble. Do you need to be reminded that the original bill was passed because teenagers are killing themselves? Are you confused?

  • So does this mean that if my atheist children went to school in Tennessee they’d be able to make fun of christian kids for believing in a super-powerful invisible friend who created man & the universe in 6 days, rather than in the scientifically-established theories of evolution and the big bang? Because I have to say my kids seem to get a big kick out of making fun of people who are willfully ignorant & stupid.

    • Christopher Stern

      If your kids ‘get a big kick out of making fun of people’ (despite those people’s being ignorant or stupid), it is a very poor reflection on you, your ideals and your parenting skills. But I suppose you aren’t worried about that, as you have already reflected yourself poorly in your own words.

  • Hi There Addictinginfo,
    This might be off topic, however, Republican State Senator Stacey Campfield of Knoxville appears close to victory in a measure he’s been pushing for six years to make it illegal to discuss any sexual behavior other than heterosexuality with students in kindergarten up to the eighth grade. So teachers and even school social workers wouldn’t be able to discuss homosexuality at all, even if the subject of gay civil rights, gay suicide or gay bullying came up. For example, many Late Elementary School and Middle School students learn about the Holocaust in Nazi Germany. We now know that at least 100,000 men were arrested as homosexuals in Nazi Germany. But, if this Bill were to pass you could not mention this or that most of them were killed! What do you think?
    Nice One!

    • There were thousands upon thousands of Homosexuals brutilized, tortured and murdered by the nazi’s that is a fact. The Pink Triangle that represents the gay movement was what was printed on the armbands that the nazi’s made the homosexual captives wear. More familiar to most were the armbands that bore the star of David that the Jewish people wore in the death camps.

  • Matthew 6:14-16
    For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

    Luke 6:37
    Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.

    Colossians 3:13
    Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

    Shame that imbeciles are using Christ’s name to inflict pain upon others even though his ministry was based off forgiveness, kindness and charity.

    Just goes to show how many of these ‘supposed’ Christians aren’t really Christians.

    • Proverbs 10:12
      Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs.

      Proverbs 17:9
      Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.

      Proverbs 17:17
      A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

      Matthew 22:39 AND Galatians 5:14.
      Jesus said ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

      1 Peter 4:8.
      Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

      1 John 3:16.
      This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.

      1 John 4:8.
      Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

      John 3:16
      For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

      Romans 5:8
      but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

      Romans 13:8
      Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.

      1 John 4:7.
      Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.

      Matthew 7:1-2
      Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.

      Luke 6:37
      Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;.

      Romans 2:1
      Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself.

      James 4:11-12 (enough to get the point).
      The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. If you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law. There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?

      Matthew 6:15
      If you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

      Romans 15:7
      Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God.

      1 Samuel 16:7b.
      For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.

  • This is pathetic, the bible also has other things in it that state it’s okay to be sexist. But that’s not allowed, now is it? Oh you silly Christians… you can’t pick and choose what you believe from a book and then try to shove the same book in my face saying it’s filled with facts. If it was so filled with “facts” you’d be believing every single thing of bullshit in the bible, but obviously you do not. *waits for christians to rage*

  • Martina Dinale

    With regard to the aolasshole , or…(.you made this one up right ? just can’t keep the smart pissed off people I read straight. you should forgive the expression ) FUCKNOZZLE : Justin , be happy to hold him down for ya buddy . And , Revolting Toad ? I don’t believe in turning the other cheek , I believe in neatly slicing yours off with a machete . Then see how easy it is to spew hate . Dahling .

  • Randy G. Heise

    Don’t let AOL bother anyone. I enjoy reading their comments also. It helps to reinforce your story when the comment that has no substance and is written by a brain with no substance either. Little dicks have their right to free speech also.

  • I don’t actually see any language that targets homosexuals specifically. So you can now bully anyone in Tennessee on pretty much any solid BS. Like say for example, I feel that obesity is contributing to problems in the world and that fat people offend me and all my rational senses. It will be alright to call you “fatty fatty two-by-four” Have fun kids!

  • really_ibewaiting

    Hillbilly Bigots: another southern fried fritter treat.

  • really_ibewaiting

    Hillbilly Bigots; another southern fried fritter class.

  • Father, what have we become?

  • I don’t know what book you christians are reading but the bible is the farthest thing from a book of love, life lessons, acceptance and forgiveness. Have you actually ever read the bible because there is no way you have with your ridiculous statements.

    The bible teaches it’s ok for a father to sells his daughter to be a female sex slave, god kills 70,000 innocent people because David ordered a census of the people, god also orders the destruction of 60 cities so that the Israelites can live there, He orders the killing of all the men, women, and children of each city, and the looting of all of value, jesus promoted the idea that all men should castrate themselves to go to heaven…

    I could go on and on all day about your bible. You bible pushers are sickos.

  • So it’s our “first amendment right to drive kids to suicide” but God forbid we use the first amendment to stand up for ourselves against these idiots running our country. This is the kind of thing that makes me ashamed to stand up for America.

  • Hey idiots, gay and lesbians have more disposable income to spend since they are not breeding. They should boycott your sorry state and spend their money elsewhere.

    • @galactusx. Its called new york city lol just like the joke in boiler room where the guy says they should gather you together and put you on an island and the guy responds “you’re on it” . This ignorance will only serve to bite them in the ass when those bullied kids grow up and take over their state while the bully wind up unemployed. Karma is a beautiful vengeful angel.

    • Unbelieveable…ALL this HATE…..NOT A CHRISTIAN STANDARD….BELIEF….WAY OF LIFE AT ALL !!!! Good is our ONLY JUDGE of man….most importantly man is to LOVE THY NEIGHBOR….HOW DARE ANYONE SPEAK FOR OUR BELEIFS OR TRY TO CHANGE GODS LAW !!!! Shame shame shame EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW…EVERY TONGUE CONNFESS…..are YOU prepared for the ccoming of the Lord !!!!??? The kingdom is going to be a spectaculure place…don’t miss out !!! Might wanna “rethink“ things !!!! Bibles are FREE….CHECK ONE OUT PLEASE BEFORE PUBLICLY RUNNING THOSE IIGNORANT LIPS!!!! If you have THAT HARD a time finding one let me know…Ii’. accomadate you OR turn to the internet….there too can help !!!! I can surely speak for ALL Christian or spiritualy filled people on Gods great earth…We pray for you and “your kind“…. LET GO…AND LET GOD…..MAY GOD BLESS YOU…..AND KEEP YOU….HE LOVES US ALL !!!!! Each and EVERYONE……

    • Excuse me galactusx, but your reasoning is a bit flawed. Many gay and lesbian couples do have children.

  • I love gay people <3

  • Ignore the coward. Assholes are all talk and back down when confronted.

  • Boyce Williams

    This kind of stupidity is what gives Christians a bad name. Of course I think any attempt to legislate behavior is doomed to failure.

  • Oh, That was at the comments, not you. lol

  • All I have to say is that we should love our neighbor such as our Lord does. Whether there be a law saying anyone can express themselves otherwise or not. Whether you’re Christian, Islamic, Gay, Straight, Transexual, Asexual, fat, skinny, tall, short, republican, democratic, liberal, etc. Do not say blatantly to someone homosexual “Hey, you’re homosexual which is a disorder” It’s rude and hurts feelings. As does telling someone else their religion is wrong or that they’re heathens for being what they are. We may be ALLOWED to express ourselves, but it’s expression like those that will destroy not only a brotherhood of peoples, but a state, a nation, a continent, and a world. Don’t be the end of my world.

  • [email protected]

    i hope they torture and beat you you faggot jew

    • Why yes, I AM a Jew! No, I am not a faggot. Anytime you want to come and take a shot at me, be my guest. I look forward to curbstomping you, you worthless piece of garbage.

      • Ignore the imbecile. Obviously that assclown is a very unhappy individual with no goals or ambition.

      • Second Amendment Democrat

        Funny, Rosario sounds Italian, I assumed you were “Italian-American,” (whatever the fuck THAT means. (Which doesn’t mean you couldn’t also be Jewish, but the odds-makers favor “Catholic” under the circumstances.) And SO FUCKING WHAT, in any case? Anybody that cares is in the wrong country, this is (supposed to be, used to be) America, the great melting pot. But they won’t legalize pot, and now the country is melting… (But Justin, if you took a bath you could still be ‘liberal.)

        The GOP, now that is has been hijacked by the pseudo-Christian fundamentalist hate-mongers, is no longer to be taken seriously as a ‘political’ party. They are now Missionaries, and as such, it is our duty to be the cannibals. Eat a Republican For Lunch. Hell, they’ve been dining on us for years…

        Fundamentalists CANNOT rule this nation. They don’t know how, and have no interest in it anyway, except to instill Christian Sharia Law, and to try to destroy the Earth, in order to bring about their ‘Rapture’ (yet they STILL won’t legalize pot…)

        These ‘people’ are certifiably insane, and MUST be locked away for their own good, and the good of the world at large. Then if we could do the same thing with the Muslim clerics – who actually think VERY similarly to these idiots – we could stop a war before it starts…

        These are bullies. Always have been, always will be. Somehow, they think they are [‘entitled’ to be the overseers of humanity, despite their inability to see their own issues (somthing in their fake book about a ‘sty in the eye’ and a beam? Ahh, they won’t get it. How to handle bullies? Bully the fuck out of them right back, harder, longer, louder and deeper. Insult, jeer, laugh, spit on, give them the finger when in public; but whenever possible, use this time-honored and tested remedy for bullies:

        Kick them in the balls. Hard. Then do it again. Harder.

        Now you tell them to leave you alone – and they will. (Unless they also own guns, but it’s unlikely, gun owners are a different breed of asshole, and must be responded to by persons of a larger caliber…)
        TO ALL YOU BELIEVERS, who have drunk the Kool-Aid and are stupid enough (or desperate enough)to think that a 2000-year-old many-times mistranslated and deliberately re-written book has ANY relevance to today’s society – NO, IT DOESN’T. IT STOPPED BEING RELEVANT WHEN WE INVENTED SCIENCE. YOU LOSE. GET OVER IT. Science, which you hate because it proves you wrong, also proves that there IS a God – but it’s not ANYTHING to do with what you believe, beyond the original “I AM.”

        We are told to “respect your beliefs.” But you will not respect ours, so i see no reason to give to you what you deny all non-believers.

        Our Constitution and Bill of Rights instituted separation of church and state precisely so you can continue to believe your insanity. YOU CAN BELIEVE THIS BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT GOVERNING THE LAND. When you try to enter the political arena, YOU MAY NO LONGER BELIEVE THESE RIDICULOUS LIES.

        If you want to run for office, you must first be an adult. Adults do not believe in fairy tales (although some do claim to believe in Reagonomics, which is every bit as big a fairy tale as anything in the various bibles. oh, wait – these are the SAME PEOPLE THAT BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS NOT THE REINCARNATION OF HORUS (despite the tales being almost identical…)

      • Well Justin, with that shirt you have on in the photo I knew you weren’t gay!
        If you need fashion tipos, contact me!
        LOL

      • Brandon Lacey

        These types of name calling and hate is why we have to protect our kids. From awful bigots and people that claim to be of religion when clearly by their language they are not. You are giving your god a bad rap. Nobody is going to pat u on the back and tell u a job well done when u get to heaven. Your damaging people’s lives and your own. Our family looks back at my great grandparents and only know them for the racist biggots they were. Do you want ur children and grandchildren looking back and remembering you for the same thing? I can promise you that even way before then it will no longer be glorified. You will be the ones in the history books that teachers tell students what scum you are and a waste of life.

    • Stephen G. Ford

      You know… if you’re gonna leave these kinds of comments the LEAST you could do is use your REAL NAME… otherwise you just look like the PITIFUL FUCKING COWARD you obviously ARE!!!

    • I hope you find Jesus, you bigot.

    • The shitty comments made by p*ssies are not giving Christians a bad name because they are not Christians. Eat shit you stupid aol’er.

    • fissilemissile

      I think it’s important that we ignore trolls. Their comments are only made to enrage us and our response to them only shows that we are not able to rationalize their insignificance. I get just as upset and have a hard time not replying to them as well. But if we allow them to dictate the course of the conversation then we’ll never be able to get to the core of the discussion. If you feel the same way please join my group on facebook. I just started it. It’s called “From Now On I’m Ignoring Trolls”. It’s open to everyone, which means that there will be trolls on the site. The best part is that whatever they type, it won’t matter, because from now on I’m ignoring trolls.

    • Wow, I never knew that homophobes can be such cold-hearted fucktards! I’m sure that you must’ve been born into such an ignorant Hitler-loving family who did not bother to teach you any manners growing up! What did the gays and the Jews do to you to make you hate them so much? Your comment is HATE SPEECH! Never confuse HATE SPEECH with FREE SPEECH because HATE SPEECH kills! Get a life, hater! Oh, and try not to kill anyone who doesn’t look like you while living your own angry, ignorant, sad, pathetic, useless, hate-filled, misogynistic, Hitler-loving, bigoted and (yes, I’m sure) unproductive life!

      • Hello Anonymuous and all the others who are still part of this thread:

        and you are doing hate speech as well. In my opinion you are all so similar to each other.

        I am a German. I am married to an american who sent this article and thread to me with the comment “That is the mentality I was brought up with and the reason why I mistrust the fundimentalist Christians in the USA”. The article shocked me, but the discussion thread following it was much, much worse for me. Please, people – look at the last two thirds of the thread. In my opinion, all you are doing here is to most heavily insult each other. Doesn’t matter what you are – Christian, Jew, Moslem, Buddhist, Pagan, Atheist, Philosopher or what ever – no one who has had even the beginning of good education, a worthy religion or philosophy or at least a little bit respect for humans and other living beings – not to talk about love – does what I had to read here.
        You are talking about Hitler a lot here. No, you are not like him – none of you. To me you resemble what Germans tend to call “little Hitlers”. You are like we were 65 years ago – a people frightened, insecure, following someone elses ideas because they promise security. And it seems to me, not thinking about where these ideas will lead them.
        I have learned one thing: Whenever I hate something in someone else so much that I have to treat him or her the way you treat each other in this threat, this person shows me something that is part of myself and I can’t bear to see it.
        In Germany we all grow up with one sentence we get infused with from the first day of our lives: Beware of the beginnings. Sometimes the beginnings are somewhere else. In the way this discussion took I see the beginnings. We have sworn to never let it happen again. Please stop. Please, please stop. Or your country is going to be the next fascist one – but living a religious fascism this time. It is in your hands, in your power to stop it. You are not alone – we in Germany have to do the same at the moment, after a row of murders neo-nazis did. We fight. Please, fight against fascism and hate as well – and begin by not hating and doing hate speeches yourself. We are the only chance our countries have, our world has.
        Vicky.

    • Your comments are so amusing. You must be an unemployed, white, hetro male (I am not dissing all white males please. Only the ignorant ones) who blames the rest of society because he is too lazy to work, because he drinks too much cheap beer, because he beats his wife and because his mother was a whore. Don’t be mad at the gays and the Jews (blacks, p.Ricans asians etc) because your life is lived looking out the top of the shithole you live in.

      There is room for everybody my brother. Just live your own life man…

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