Don’t Say Gay: It’s Baaaaack

Remember that heinous “Don’t Say Gay” bill that got tabled a month or so ago? It’s back, having passed the House Education Committee and on its way to the calendar committee.

Well of course it did! Tennessee’s Republicans were just waiting for everyone to focus on something else like, I dunno, the anti-hand-holding thing, or the anti-science thing or some other crazy thing to embarrass the state.

Here’s the part I love:

But Hohenwald Republican Rep. Joey Hensley said he decided to move his bill again after he said a survey of his district showed “well over 95 percent … don’t want homosexuality discussed in those grade levels.”

Really? A survey? Can I see that survey, please? Can anyone show it to me? What kind of survey … was it an on-line survey, perhaps? How was the question phrased? I am calling bullshit on this survey. I bet if you go door to door and ask the people of Hohenwald their top concern, I doubt this issue even registers. So Rep. Joey Hensley: show us this survey.

Maybe he pulled it out of the same place Arthur Laffer pulled his information about Fred Smith moving FedEx out of Tennessee unless the inheritance tax is repealed. Which is the same place where Ron Ramsey found all of those “employers” claiming to have job openings but no applicants because people would rather collect unemployment. And all of those business people Ramsey knows who claim to be crushed by government red tape, but they’re too afraid to come forward publicly.

I call this place Republican Fantasyland. It’s not that I’m calling you guys liars or anything, it’s just that you have a history of making stuff up to support your ridiculous agenda, and assuming no one will fact-check you. I’m kinda tired of the bullshit, to be quite honest.

You’ve got a survey showing people really are concerned about the rash of elementary school teachers discussing homosexuality in the classroom? I’d love to see it.

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8 responses to “Don’t Say Gay: It’s Baaaaack

  1. Min

    I can’t get over the fact that Hensley is a doctor. I expect better than this claptrap from him, but I am constantly disappointed.

  2. Alan

    Perhaps he questioned patients, just before a digital exam or trans-vaginal probe – answer correctly, it won’t hurt.

  3. Yep, another one of those ‘crazy bills’ that our dilbert Governor will just HAVE to let this bill become law without his signature because he does not have the guts to stand up for our gay children. Yes, he will pander and kiss the….em…feet of all thse right wing sanctimonious nuts who don’t want their ‘bully’ kids to get caught or punished for beating the crap out of some kid who doesn’t LOOK LIKE them or is, in fact, gay.
    I figure this bunch of ignorant nuts will propose a ‘personhood’ bill next…or maybe a trans-vaginal ultrasound bill. Disgusting.

  4. Yes, SB, these sanctimonious sluts, who apparently get all their campaign contributions from right-wing, faux church groups and the Koch Brothers who hate everyone except the VERY WEALTHY racists, are at it again…determined to win the “crazy bill of the week award”….and why? Because they KNOW the Governor is such a coward that he will either sign it or let it ‘pass without his signature.
    This was another of the hate-filled, catholic church created bills written FOR Stacey Campfield. He claims his moral values cause him to push and promote anti-women, anti-gay, anti-accurate SEX EDUCATION bills.
    And this is just another piece of crap that will HURT children and embarass this State around the country. Count on it.

  5. OH, and I forgot…an important invitation to ALL women and girls:
    Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 28, at 10:00 a.m. and come to downtown Knoxville for a major Event. It is the “March FOP Women, sponsored by several groups. It will address issues such as: Human Rights, Wellness, Health and Safety, Voting Rights, Reproductive Rights, Pay Equality (Knoxville chosen as 3rd WORST city for pay equity for women!) Workers’ Rights and Protection from Violence and Bullying. We have already had reservations to join us from a group of activist women in Loudon County.
    The Location is the ‘fountains in front of the TVA twin Towers on Market Square in downtown. Bring your signs and your issues and join us!

  6. chrome agnomen

    It’s not that I’m calling you guys liars or anything, it’s just that you have a history of making stuff up to support your ridiculous agenda, and assuming no one will fact-check you.

    difference without a distinction.

  7. greennotGreen

    Rather late to the game here, but I wanted to comment on this:
    “Ron Ramsey found all of those “employers” claiming to have job openings but no applicants because people would rather collect unemployment.”

    At the large employer where I work, we have had (not so much right now) *lots* of job openings that we’ve had to fill with foreigners because the locals are insufficiently educated to fill those jobs. It’s not work ethic Tennessee has failed to instill; it’s skills, and that goes straight back to a government that’s unwilling to tax sufficiently to support education.

    Maybe that’s because an educated populace is less likely to fall for conservative BS,

    • Yes, green, but as far as all the ‘statements from Ramsey and his cohorts, they never have backed up a single one with facts! And you are so right. Knoxville was recently awarded the dubious honor of third from the bottom of citiies our size and worker pay and benefits for women.