This Tennessee Thing Just Isn’t Working Out

Well, thanks to some of Tennessee’s more ludicrous legislators, the state is once again a national laughingstock. State Senator Bill Ketron and House Rep. Judd Matheny have a bill that would send anyone practicing Sharia Law to jail for up to 15 years:

It exempts peaceful practice of Islam but labels any adherence to Shariah law — which includes religious practices such as feet washing and prayers — as treasonous. It claims Shariah adherents want to replace the Constitution with their religious law.

Yes, the scourge that is the halal meat market is surely a threat to our way of life. House of Kabob, you are put on notice.

Dagnabbit but I am sick of you people making me ashamed of where I live. This nonsense is just the cherry on top a sundae of legislative foolishness: a bill forcing teachers to frame subjects like evolution and global warming as “controversial”, a bill that would ban discussion of homosexuality in schools, a bill that would exempt CCW holders from background checks. I mean Jesus Christ, people. Have you not noticed that our unemployment rate is still 9.4%? As of December 2010, Coffee and Warren Counties, Metheny’s district, have unemployment well over 10%. Ketron’s district fares even worse: Maury County unemployment was 13.5%, Marshall County was 15.6%.

Do you idiots really think banning Sharia law is going to help out the people in your districts? People need jobs, not fearmongering about religion! Are you really that out of touch? Are you really that stupid?

And to the people in your districts who keep voting these assclowns into office: don’t you think you deserve better? Is there no one in Marshall, Maury, Lincoln, or Rutherford counties who can do a better job at the legislature? Is there no one able to focus on real problems in these counties? Stuff that people really care about? Is this the best your districts have to offer?

I mean really, I’m almost at a place where I feel like it serves you right. You vote these jokers into office year after year after year — Ketron and Metheny have been in office since, what, 2004? — and what you get is 15% unemployment and stupid bills banning Sharia law instead of positive initiatives to bring economic development to rural counties. Maybe they’re not the best folks the job, ya think?

You know what really pisses me off about this idiocy? We’re a national punchline — again. This story got picked up at Gawker, for crying out loud. Once again Tennessee is the poster child for backasswards ignorance. Thanks a lot.

What major employer would want to move to Tennessee when everywhere you look we’re evidently a bunch of uneducated, unsophisticated rubes led by intolerant knuckle-dragging Neanderthals? What educated workforce would want to live here? Every year they ratchet up the idiocy and it’s very, very bad for the state of Tennessee.

Listen: Sen. Ketron and Rep. Metheny. We need jobs and economic development in this state. And … well, you’re not helping! Just … shhhh.


Filed under religion, Tennessee, TNGOP

9 responses to “This Tennessee Thing Just Isn’t Working Out

  1. >So, I guess if halal meat is a no-no, so is kosher meat?

  2. >Don't be silly. Kosher meat is perfectly fine because WE ARE A JUDEO-CHRISTIAN COUNTRY! Or something.Funnily enough it wasn't too long ago that this country neatly overlooked the "Judeo" part.

  3. >We don't have a Sharia Law problem. We have a Levitical Law problem. As someone whose marriage is currently deemed invalid by the state's practice of Constitutionally protected Levitical Law, I am denied the right to start a family because of the real material threat to American freedom posed by radical religious-based discrimination. It took me putting a referendum on the ballot to overturn still more Levitical Law in Cannon County so I could create jobs. If Sen. Ketron were serious about removing threat to American freedom and jobs and families, he'd make the practice of Levitical Law a felony.

  4. >Uh, yeah…it just underscores that the majority of Tennessee's voters are basically lemmings blindly following the fear-mongering candidates who are oh-so-willing to let them march right off of the common sense cliff. For a while, when I first moved to TN (which, overall, I find to be a delightful state – beautiful and for the most part, lovely people – as long as you avoid discussions about religion and politics), I thought being Catholic was against the law – based on how many times I was told by Baptists that Catholics go to hell. (and not to worry – I already had a reservation in hell, just not for being Catholic! LOL.)

  5. >All these kinds of laws and controversy do… is keep us occupied while the crooks steal more money. Billions of dollars is just not enough. They won't rest till we are living in boxes or shacks at best and working for nothing, actually, we will owe money to the company for clothes and food and school.. Kind of like right now. Funny thing is we will have our religion to donate what ever change we have to while they tell us to keep having kids and to keep quiet.

  6. >Exactly so, Thomas.The right just needs to keep screeching insanely, and the corporate media can pretend that balance is taking seriously 'debates' like whether there is global warming.Meanwhile, the plutocrats who own the Senators, the judges, and the media will keep robbing us blind. I wonder if they have an endgame strategy of leaving the country, or if they just never see past the next quarter.~

  7. >I wonder if they have an endgame strategy of leaving the country, or if they just never see past the next quarter.Where are they gonna go … Somalia? Isn't that … Muslim-y??!!These are very, very dark days for America. But they say the darkest hour is before the dawn. Let's hope this is the last gasp of the John Birch Society before it goes down in spectacular flames.

  8. >i thought TN was a beautiful state filled with kind and friendly people, SoBe. only been there once, but i have nothing negative to say about it as a black liberal northern queer. so take comfort in that if you can /hugs/.what makes me crazy is that state dems don't employ people like you to write their campaign ads. seriously, what the hell is the problem with them? ok, i actually know what the problem is, but like you, the ads/jokes/critiques just write themselves, don't they? while republiclowns are busy focusing on issues like denying the 14th amd, keeping queers from getting married, bashing the undocumented who cook their food and demonizing their state's tiny muslim population, state citizens are literally starving and losing their homes and states controlled by thugs don't seem to care at all. honestly, the only answer i can come up with is "racism." the question is "why do poor whites continue to vote for republiclowns who do *nothing* to improve a sinking economy?" i'm sure some asshat like your commenter "Jim" in the previous thread will come here and tell us why it's much, much more important to ban halal meat than it is to create jobs in TN.

  9. >Oh I'm sure he'll smugly say that as a free market conservative he doesn't believe in banning halal meat but then he's voting for the people who do that once they get into office.So that begs the question: stupid or corrupt? Which is it?