Take a bow, Senator Stacey Campfield. You are our Idiot of the Month
STACY Campfield, 42, is a right-wing Republican senator in the state of Tennessee. He is also a devout Catholic. It is a combination that has produced a very stupid man who has an intense dislike for The Gays. In fact, his distaste for homosexuality goes so deep that last year he authored a “Don’t Say Gay” bill which aims to outlaw any attempts to inform Tennessee kids about homosexuality before they reach the ninth grade.
Campfield insists his bill, which would limit class discussions to “natural human reproduction science” in public schools, is necessary because homosexuality is “dangerous”.
A while back, during the course of a radio interview, our Stacey made controversial statements on the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and the media’s supposed “glorification” of homosexuals:
Most people realize that AIDS came from the homosexual community – it was one guy screwing a monkey, if I recall correctly, and then having sex with men. It was an airline pilot, if I recall. My understanding is that it is virtually – not completely, but virtually – impossible to contract AIDS through heterosexual sex …
Not only is the man mad, he is sadly lacking in education. But what is even more disturbing is that, this week, his egregious bill found support among Tennessee’s legislators. Members of the House education committee actually voted in favour of this discriminatory crap.
Campfield’s bill was even supported by a Democrat. Said state representative John DeBerry:
The basic right as an American is my right to life, my right to liberty and my right to the pursuit of happiness. Within that includes being able to run my home, raise my children as I see fit and indoctrinate them as I see fit.
Wednesday’s hearing attracted a large crowd, including many high school students involved in gay-straight alliance groups at Nashville high schools. Some students stood in protesrt on a busy street with their mouths covered in purple tape.
Only one subcommittee member opposed the measure. Representative Craig Fitzhugh, a Democrat, said:
It looks to me like a solution looking for a problem.
Meanwhile, we learned today from this report that “if the Governor of Kansas, Sam Brownback and Lt Gov Jeff Coyler get their way, it will be legal to discriminate against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons in the state – as long as you do it in the name of religion”.
Their bill, HB 2260, would allow individuals sue the government if their exercise of religion:
Has been burdened, or is likely to be burdened.
Coyler said during a hearing on the bill that:
The federal government’s recent attempts to trample the religious liberties of millions of Americans must be at the forefront of your debate. Religious liberty is at the heart of who we are as a people.
In support of the bill, Michael Schuttloffel, executive director of the Kansas Catholic Conference, said:
Increasingly, freedom of religion is being reduced and confined to little more than the freedom to worship in a private setting.
Simon Brown, of Secular News Daily, observed:
What Coyler, Schuttloffel and other advocates of this bill are really doing is using ‘religious freedom’ as a justification for allowing some Kansans to impose their religion onto others … Religious freedom is not under attack in the United States. Those who claim it is are using tactics of fear and distortion to justify radical changes that would make it much easier for them to impose their narrow version of faith onto unwilling third parties. Legislation like this can crush rights and spawn chaos, which is why every effort must be made to make sure that HB 2260 ends up on the legislative scrap heap, just as it did last year.
Hat tip: Canada Dave (Kansas report)