Sunday, May 1, 2011

their version of freedom

In a year of political insanity, what is next?

The Tennessee State Senate has voted to ban the words "gay" and "homosexuality" in K-8 grade classrooms in the Tennessee public schools.  The fear of these homophobic senators, apparently, is that if young students even hear those words, they'll automatically think, "Wow!  How cool it would be to be gay!" and will somehow convert their sexual orientation immediately, and there will be no heterosexuals left.

That, of course, isn't what they're thinking -- even Tennessee senators can't be that stupid.  Is it to keep young homosexuals repressed and isolated, leading to more gay teenage suicides?  Is it to give permission to gay-bashers to beat up and kill these kids?

These right-wing radicals and Tea Partiers love to throw the word "freedom" around, but they obviously don't want people to have the freedom to be who they are if they happen to be outside the narrow version of "normal" and "acceptable" as determined by the state.  Now even freedom of speech is gone in the Tennessee classrooms.  I wonder how long it might be before gays in Tennessee would be required to wear pink-triangled armbands.

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