Tennessee Still Doesn’t Get It
Ok, didn’t we just go through this with Michigan? Following the failed lead of Michigan, Tennessee has a proposed bill that would make it ok to bully gay teens. Or, as they self-righteously worded it: they are more interested in protecting “…those expressing religious, philosophical, or political beliefs…” than they are in protecting gay teens. Or, as they preposterously put it, they really DO want to protect kids from bullying, but they don’t want to “…create special classes of people who are more important than others.” These are ELECTED officials!! Officials that We The People put into office by virtue of our votes.
I would hope that every parent of lgbt teens in Tennessee will band together and, not only defeat this proposed bill before it even gets started, start a grass root movement to get the person(s) responsible for even introducing such incredibly hateful, and potentially harmful, legislation in the first place.
Once again, we’re forced to look reality squarely in the eyes and acknowledge that the change that’s needed starts with the adults. It’s an embarrassment to our “developed”, “civilized” society that we have elected officials who clearly, honestly believe that it is absolutely alright for your lgbt kids to be bullied as long as the bully is doing it in the name of God. I don’t know about you, but it scares me in a deep place that there are people of power who believe this is a right and righteous decision.
Thank God (the loving God, that is) that there’s a huge army in place to combat madness such as this. Collectively, we were able to get a similarly worded bill reworded in Michigan. Now, we must focus our attention to Tennessee. Whatever it takes, we have to make sure that this bill never even reaches the floor. The Jacob Rogers’ of Tennessee are counting on us.