Guess if you don’t talk about it, it doesn’t exist huh?
The Tennessee Senate passed a bill on Friday that would bar teachers from discussing homosexuality with elementary and middle school students.
Under the legislation, dubbed by critics as the “don’t say gay” bill, any instruction in public classrooms will be “limited exclusively to age-appropriate natural human reproduction science.”
Republican Stacey Campfield, the bill’s sponsor, says “homosexuals don’t naturally reproduce” and has argued families should decide when its appropriate to talk with their children about homosexuality.
But gay rights activists are blasting the legislation, which passed 6-3, as a form of discrimination.
It “limits what teachers and students are able to discuss in the classroom,” Ben Byers of the Tennessee Equality Project told LBGTQ Nation. “It means they can’t talk about gay issues or sexuality even with students who may be gay or have gay family.”
It’s unlikely that the bill will be taken up by the House before lawmakers adjourn this spring, but Campfield said he would push it forward in 2012.
So is this bill about “protecting the children” or enforcing one persons point of view on the masses??