The Family Action Council of Tennessee (FACoT) is upset because students who are preacher-programmed homo/transphobes can no longer strut the Tennessee school hallways damning GLBT people to hell due to Tennessee’s anti-bullying law. On their website, FACoT claims:
Tennessee law contains several provisions designed to prevent bullying in schools. These provisions define what constitutes bullying; require school districts to adopt policies prohibiting bullying; and encourage districts to implement prevention programs. However, some provisions as well as current district policies can lead to: (1) some students receiving less protection from bullying than other students; (2) students being prevented from expressing unpopular or religiously-based viewpoints; and (3) a district implementing an anti-bullying program that promotes a political agenda.
– FACoT‘s website
Ah, the intolerance of intolerance is intolerance argument… Fear not haters of equality, FACoT is here to make sure that obnoxious religious bigots can never (by act of law) be called a bully. Yes, you see, stopping religious bigots from taunting GLBT kids with visions of eternal torture is actually an act of bullying because not only does it limit a bully’s right to be as obnoxious as they like under any condition, for a religious bigot, informing others of their sinful ways is part of their religious practice. See? Intolerance of intolerance is indeed intolerance!
According to FACoT’s site, bullying against GLBT kids isn’t actually a problem anyway:
- 84.6% of LGBT students reported being verbally harassed, 40.1% reported being physically harassed and 18.8% reported being physically assaulted at school in the past year because of their sexual orientation.
- 63.7% of LGBT students reported being verbally harassed, 27.2% reported being physically harassed and 12.5% reported being physically assaulted at school in the past year because of their gender expression.
- 72.4% heard homophobic remarks, such as “faggot” or “dyke,” frequently or often at school.
- Nearly two-thirds (61.1%) of students reported that they felt unsafe in school because of their sexual orientation, and more than a third (39.9%) felt unsafe because of their gender expression.
- 29.1% of LGBT students missed a class at least once and 30.0% missed at least one day of school in the past month because of safety concerns, compared to only 8.0% and 6.7%, respectively, of a national sample of secondary school students.
Digging past the fact that 9 out of 10 GLBT kids are bullied to instead represent that the EXACT OPPOSITE is true (9 out of 10 are NOT bullied) really says something about the True Christian (TM) character of FACoT. I mean, the diligence it must have taken to read through all of those reports of suicide, depression, assault and abuse to find that one statistic to be used on FACoT’s website must have taken a constitution that would make Simon Legree blush. Bravo, FACoT… bravo!
So, to ensure that
bullies the religiously pious are protected from bullying bigot-ophobes, Tennessee Republicans have introduced Senate Bill 760 and its House counterpart, House Bill 1153. Yes, REPUBLICAN Senator Jim Tracy and his House counterpart REPUBLICAN Representative Vance Dennis introduced these bills to make sure that, as the bills both state:
… “creating a hostile educational environment” would not include discomfort and unpleasantness that can accompany the expression of a viewpoint or belief that is unpopular, not shared by other students, or not shared by teachers or school officials.
This is great news for white supremacist Christians who believe in the Curse of Ham. After this bill becomes law, they’ll be able to express their “unpopular” views on segregation.[box]
- “The curse which Noah pronounced upon Canaan was the origin of the black race.” – Jehovah’s Witnesses
- “We know the circumstances under which the posterity of Ham were cursed with what we call Negroid racial characteristics.” – Mormon Church
- “The Scriptural basis on which we are implored to intact this legislation… I find none.” US Senator Robert Byrd (and Klan member) speaking against desegregation
Just because the above religious views might be “unpopular, not shared by other students, or not shared by teachers or school officials“, under this new “Save The Bullies” law, students will be able to express their faith viewpoint or belief that whites are the superior race in school without facing disciplinary actions.
Also, Christians who believe in the inerrant teachings of Matthew 5:17 and Leviticus 15:19-30 will at long last be able to express their faith viewpoint or belief on menstruation as well![box]
Matthew 5:17: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” (Jesus instructs his followers to uphold Old Testament laws)
Leviticus 15:19-30: 19 When a woman has her regular flow of blood, the impurity of her monthly period will last seven days, and anyone who touches her will be unclean till evening. 20Anything she lies on during her period will be unclean, and anything she sits on will be unclean. 21Anyone who touches her bed will be unclean; they must wash their clothes and bathe with water, and they will be unclean till evening. 22 Anyone who touches anything she sits on will be unclean; they must wash their clothes and bathe with water, and they will be unclean till evening. 23 Whether it is the bed or anything she was sitting on, when anyone touches it, they will be unclean till evening. 24 If a man has sexual relations with her and her monthly flow touches him, he will be unclean for seven days; any bed he lies on will be unclean. 25 When a woman has a discharge of blood for many days at a time other than her monthly period or has a discharge that continues beyond her period, she will be unclean as long as she has the discharge, just as in the days of her period. 26 Any bed she lies on while her discharge continues will be unclean, as is her bed during her monthly period, and anything she sits on will be unclean, as during her period. 27 Anyone who touches them will be unclean; they must wash their clothes and bathe with water, and they will be unclean till evening. 28 When she is cleansed from her discharge, she must count off seven days, and after that she will be ceremonially clean. 29 On the eighth day she must take two doves or two young pigeons and bring them to the priest at the entrance to the tent of meeting. 30 The priest is to sacrifice one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering. In this way he will make atonement for her before the LORD for the uncleanness of her discharge.[/box]
Just because the above faith viewpoint or belief might be “unpopular, not shared by other students, or not shared by teachers or school officials“, under this new “Save The Bigots” law, students will be able to freely inquire into the uterine lining status of any female at school without facing disciplinary actions.
Thank you Tennessee Republicans for being the vanguard of all faith-based values: