Proposal to ban homosexual references from TN schools

Knoxville (WVLT) -- Any homosexual references could be banned from Tennessee schools if one local state representative has his way.

Volunteer TV's Kim Bedford has the details of the proposal.

Representative Stacey Campfield wants to ban anything that exposes students to homosexuality in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.

Campfield says, "Really just saying, hey, we're not going to talk about this. We're going to leave it up to the families to talk about and decide when it's appropriate for their children about this kind of information. That's not an area our schools should be concentrating on."

Campfield hopes to present the bill to the legislature in the next couple of weeks.

If passed, it would go into effect in July.

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  • by Lawrence Location: Morristown on Feb 15, 2008 at 04:21 PM
    Leonardo da Vinci, Alexander the Great, Sir Francis Bacon, Florence Nightingale, S. Josephine Baker, Margaret Meade, Tennessee Williams, Edgar Allan Poe, President James Buchanan, President Abraham Lincoln, George Frederic Handel (Messiah oratorio with its Hallelujah chorus), Franz Schubert, Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky, Sylvano Bussotti, Michelangelo (the Sistine Chapel), King James 1st(you remember that version of the Bible don’t you?), Edward Fitzgerald, James Baldwin, Walt Whitman, Oscar Wilde, Simon Callow, Montgomery Clift, Stephen Sondheim, Kit Lambert, Brian Epstein, Leonard Bernstein, Horace Walpole. What do these names have in common? They will all have to be removed from the curriculum, along with dozens more historical icons, and inferences to them in order to avoid references to homosexuality. I’d rather have my kid properly educated than stupid and blind to reality. NO THANKS Stacey Campfield. I think you're being a tad bit homophobic here.
  • by Jonathan Location: Memphis on Feb 14, 2008 at 09:06 PM
    Campfield's efforts to "ban anything that exposes students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade to homosexuality," are absolutely absurd, irresponsible, and at worst, tactically dangerous. Pretending that gays and lesbians do not exist by erasing their histories or their place in society from school classrooms will not erase gays and lesbians from existence, including thousands of STUDENTS that attend Tennessee schools every day. Instead he will be eroding support systems, desperately needed education and positive examples of tolerance and acceptance. He also puts Tennessee students in danger. Did you know that according to the Center for Disease Control/Massachusetts Department of Education Youth Risk Behavior Survey (1999), 33% of gay youth will attempt suicide? In fact, gay teen suicide attempts are four times that of heterosexual youth. Believing that this problem does not exist will not make it go away. Turning a blind eye will not exonerate him and others from the many deaths for which he and others' negligence will be partially responsible. This position is tired. His rhetoric is ludicrous. And this type of asinine point-of-view will eventually be replaced with more progressive, educated and humane perspectives. For as long as bigotry, intolerance and injustice exist, people will persistently and tirelessly endure to see that it is eradicated from the human experience.
  • by John Location: Brooklyn on Feb 14, 2008 at 05:52 PM
    This prospect really upsets me, as a Tennessean. It's ridiculous; hiding the subject until high school won't make it go away. I realized that I was gay when I was in third grade. I was eight. There was no choice in the matter, and no one had really told me what "gay" was until a short time later. If someone had discussed it with me, or at least explained it, I could've avoided so much trouble over the next few years in figuring out why I felt like that, but I was left to do so on my own. I was eight. If our society, specifically in Tennessee, is ever going to learn to spare the shame a child or teenager feels when he or she realizes he is gay (and often learns shortly before or after that this is a bad thing) we should get our heads out of our asses and realize that talking about it with kids, even condoning it to them, isn't going to lead to any demoralized structure. Sexuality is fixed. Talking about it won't change it, but it may have negative effects on someone who's having trouble
  • by Tony Location: San Franfreakso, CA on Feb 14, 2008 at 05:27 PM
    Good for you deep south -- why don't you also ban discussion of global warming, evilution, and divorce. Ignoring what you don't like will simply make it go away! Oh wait, I've been ignoring the South all my life, and yet it keeps rearing its head.
  • by Ed Location: Sevierville on Feb 14, 2008 at 04:51 AM
    HOOORAYYYY for Rep.Campfield, I agree 100% why should anything that is biblically wrong and completely the choice of the parents to address and discuss with thier children be handled by the Schools. The school system already has to much say so in what our children are taught and how they are raised now days. I understand about the separation of church and state. But, come on, do most people really think this is what our founding fathers really meant by "seperation" I stand behind him, ready to support Stacey in anyway I can. Raising children is the parents job and it is their choice as to what they are to understand about certain subjects. I know that not all will agree with me, but they are my children, my CHOICE.
  • by Becky Location: Clinton on Feb 13, 2008 at 11:41 PM
    As a teacher, I don't believe that teachers should have to compromise their own convictions and make references to issues that we don't believe is right such as homosexuality. This issue should be something that is left to the parents to decide how to educate their child. This is a responsibility that teachers should not be burdened with.
  • by amotherslove Location: scott co on Feb 13, 2008 at 07:57 PM
    Please vote for the ban on homosexuality. I want to be the one to decide what to tell my child on this subject. I am a devout christian and do not think that homosexuality is right. I do not want the school teaching my child anything about it, that's my job.
  • by Leanna Location: Bean Station on Feb 13, 2008 at 07:33 PM
    I was raised a christian and that means to listen to each and every person no matter what but there again I am an adult. I don't think children need to hear about homosexuals. They have a hard time just trying to understand about sex between a man and a woman, also about diseases and death in one sentence. I believe that any topic about homosexuality should come from either the parents or from a professional speaker on that TOPIC. Children are confused enough.
  • by Tiffany Location: Knoxville on Feb 13, 2008 at 07:29 PM
    So does this mean you are going to propose a ban on anything that exposes students to heterosexuality as well? I mean if you can talk about heterosexuality why not talk about homosexuality? It is what it is. It's always been there just more open and talked about these days
  • by victoria Location: cleveland on Feb 13, 2008 at 07:20 PM
    why would you ban something that you played a part in if you have kids? you wouldn't. children will ask this disturbing question at a young age and you want to have your kids to understand this. if they ask this question they won't to know for a reason, right? this question is part of science and if you take this away from your kids, they will get into more trouble when they become of age.
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