Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Stacey Campfield Camp Responds!!!

I woke up this morning to the surprise of my journalistic life:  a direct response from the Stacey Campfield camp.  Actually, the unmoderated comment that was left is supposedly directly from Stacey, himself.  However, upon further inspection, and after checking the links provided, I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt and say that he, himself, did NOT send me the response.  On the other hand, regardless as to who, in fact, sent it, it's frightening to know that these are the "facts" these people espouse.  Worse, it's detrimental that they seek to impose their terribly misguided "factual" beliefs on the public-at-large and, in particular, the LGBT community.  Allow me to dissect.


The responder started of for acknowledging my passion:  "While I apriciate (sic) your passion, here are some cold hard facts..."  Then, the fun begins.


On the issue of gay men having a decidedly shorter lifespan, this link was offered as their "proof".  Their "documentation" turned out to be a far right-wing propaganda piece chock-full of the same old diatribe we've been hearing for decades.  In the first paragraph, it's noted that "...evidence shows homosexuality to be a compulsion and lethal addiction, not 'mainstream America'".  It's also noted that even without AIDS, "...homosexual persons will probably not live past their 40s..."  I can't make this stuff up!  Read it for yourself.

As I suspected, and as I stated in the original article, At The Root of the Tennessee Madness, they are taking outdated information, in some cases from as far back as the late 70s!, and presenting it as today's facts and reality.  How dangerous is that?  First of all, things that held true in 1978 obviously don't hold the same validity in 2012.  But, more importantly, how dangerous is it to attempt to govern in today's world using 1978 survey information?

Conclusion:

Study after study reveals that homosexuality, whether male or female, can take anywhere from 10, 20 to 30 years off of someone's lifespan. With all the attention on smoking, which the National Cancer Institute says takes from 7 to 10 years off someone's life, why not the same human outcry on homosexuality? Here's a behavior that's killing people 2 to 3 times the rate of smoking, yet nobody seems to care. In fact, we are encouraging and affirming individuals into the "gay" lifestyle. If you truly love someone, you would steer them away from self-destructive behaviors, rather than towards them, shouldn't you? Homosexuals need our tough love, not blind love, the kind of love that is going to love them no matter what they say and do. We must extend that helping hand and say " I think your worth saving, let's work on it together."
 All of that, and I'm still only on the first link "he" provided.

So, where does his information supporting getting AIDS through "normal" heterosexual vaginal sex come from?  What's his "scientific" proof?  Cecil Adams, touted as the world's smartest human.  The world's genius was asked, in December 1988, his opinion of how risky heterosexual sex was.  In 1988, the whole world was still trying to get a grip on what was really going on with the virus.  I know.  I was there.  I was in San Francisco during those days, watching my own friends die on a daily basis from a disease that we still hadn't fully come to understand.  But, again, that was 1988.

So, to make sure this is very clear:  A State Senator is taking someone's opinion and presenting it to his constituents as "scientific fact".  Worse, he's using someone else's opinions, masked as knowledge, in order to propagate his own bigotry and hatred towards the LGBT community, young and old.  Can I say again:  this is an ELECTED official!  I'm convinced that today's elected officials have completely lost sight of the fact that, by virtue of our votes, we hired them to work for us.  They've got it reversed.  And, that needs to be re-examined.

And, finally, an attempt was made to justify his bill "Don't Say Gay", which forbids school administrators to say the word "gay" or even acknowledge their LGBT students as such.  The bill that, if not already implemented, could've potentially saved Phillip Parker's life.
As for the reason for the interview (My bill on parental responsibility of teaching sexuality to very young children) Here are some points of view for you to consider.

-It is a parents responsibility to decide when a child is ready to grasp such a complex issue as sexuality and what they want to tell the child about that complex subject. Not a teachers.

- All children develop mentally at different rates. I do not feel a teacher with an agenda (Be it pro or con) is the appropriate person to decide “Now is the time” for an entire class of children just because they may think one way or another on an issue and want to espouse it.

-A teacher is not a trained child psychologist or psychiatrist and could do as much harm as good to a sexually confused child.

-I doubt many on the other side would want a teacher who said “Homosexuality is evil, dirty and wrong” just because they felt that it was what is appropriate, that it is what they thought the children needed to and were ready to hear. This bill ensures neutrality from teachers.

-Physically threatening behavior is what is and needs to remain covered for all groups. Not the sexuality of the victim. We already have anti bullying legislation passed in Tennessee (In fact I co sponsored it 2 or 3 years ago when it passed) so all children are protected from bullying in our schools. [this is in reference to the bill that would allow for bullying of LGBT students if done for "religious, political, or philosophical reasons".  And, they still don't get it!  No one is looking for SPECIAL protection.  And, we certainly don't present ourselves as a "special class" of people.  Equality means we're equal to every other person, not special.  In fact, THEY are making us that "special class" of people by singling us out to be victimized by discrimination in the job and housing markets and, frightfully, in the schools!]

-We do not need an un equal justice system that creates special separate classes of protected people that gets special protection under the law.


-Nor do we need to silence the first amendment rights of religious free speech of those in our schools whose family may hold different beliefs (as long as those beliefs are not physically threatening). [note to you, Rep. Campfield:  not only is it physically threatening to the LGBT students, it's costing lives.]

-While there is a scientific and educational need to mention the basics of heterosexuality when teaching the basics of reproduction (XY chromosomes, etc.) there is no scientific need to mention homosexuality as homosexuals do not naturally reproduce.

-We are falling behind the rest of the world in math, science, and English amongst other things. Tennessee ranks about 46th in most areas. Social engineering is just one less issue teachers should have to worry about teaching as part of their curricula.
That someone from the Stacey Campfield camp thought enough of what I said to take time to respond is encouraging.  That they have this view of reality is mind-boggling.  That they are passing their myopic, unfounded, and outmoded views on the people of an entire state is very dangerous.  So, again, I strongly urge signing the petitions.  Too much is at stake to wait for "someone else" to do it.

4 comments:

  1. i made it thru about 6 paragraphs and my blood pressure was rising ... first and foremost should you prefer to live a long and unhappy life or a short, happy, productive life? heck if i don't leave the house again, stop smoking, drinking and running around with wild men (when i can find them) only eat "protein shakes and ride the stationary bike i would probably live longer than i will but i DO NOT WANT TO LIVE LIKE THAT.

    Accepting your homosexuality, openly and honestly is a private choice. Once that choice is made, I can't see wanting to go "back in the closet" to live 10 more years ... IN THE CLOSET!

    Sexually transmitted disease are rampant in nursing homes, in colleges and high schools and hate to say it but in our own neighborhoods!!! Disease don't stop to ask what your preference is ... it just stops to see if your using your BRAIN to enjoy safe sex and share that with your partner.

    I am sure i will continue to read your blog (after my BP drops a bit) but this person needs to better inform himself of LIFE

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  2. Thanks Ron for exposing this charlatan for what he really is: a hopelessly ignorant bigot.

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  3. Ron, Thanks for the good article. A quick clarification, In your 5th or 6th paragraph, you refer to Stacey Campfield as a U.S. Senator. He is actually the state senator representing west Knoxville and west Knox County in Nashville, not a U.S. Senator in Washington. As a Knox County resident I have challenged him on several occasions and have kept several e-mails from him from his last attempts (yes, plural) to codify his bigotry in state law. You'll also find multiple pages of exchanges on Del Shore's (comedian) Facebook pages regarding the 2011 attempt at Don't Say Gay in which Campfield bullied, harangued and dodged Shore's attempts to set up a debate. I suspect your note really is from Campfield. He tends to be slippery with facts and full of double speak, but he's so sure of himself, he actually does write back.

    You do know he says he's straight but he's unmarried, in his 40's and absolutely obsessed with gay sex, which seems a little suspicious.

    Thanks again - keep up the good work.
    WSD Knoxville

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  4. "You do know he says he's straight but he's unmarried, in his 40's and absolutely obsessed with gay sex, which seems a little suspicious."

    Now if he has track lighting too...

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