Tennessee State Senator Stacey Campfield has introduced a bill barring the mentioning of homosexuality to K-8 students. However, the bill really goes beyond that, as Campfield’s bill would require counseling for kids who are gay and require schools to out them to their parents.
Campfield also appears to be an opponent of sex education in general. He makes a comment suggesting that towards the end of this seven-minute interview.
This interview with TMZ, while a bit on the long side, is well worth listening to in its entirety. It points out the distortion of facts, misrepresentation and outright delusions that anti-gay advocates like Campfield are pushing.
Campfield begins the interview by dismissing a person’s comments as coming from a “well-known homosexual advocate.” Yet Campfield states later that he has nothing against gays. He just doesn’t want them pushing it on kids in the schools or down the throats of people like him. The imagery for that is too good to pass up. It would be a sight worth seeing. When someone is this anti-gay, it raises questions at what he is repressing.
Campfield makes the exaggerated statement that AIDS is caught at 50 times the rate for homosexuals as it is for hetersexuals. The fact is that it is 18 times higher. That is still a high number and dangerous but most people who come at this issue rationally look at that and see the high rate as a reason for sex education.
When confronted with the suggestion that it would be good to instruct young people who are gay on how to have safe sex, Campfield comes up with this ridiculous suggestion:
“You know, you could say the same thing about kids who are shooting heroin. We need to show them the best ways to shoot up. No, we don’t. Why do we have to hypersexualize little children? Why can’t we just let little kids be little kids for a while?”
Seventh and Eighth graders are children, but kindergartners are little children. By middle school, kids are developing into adults. Campfield must be having trouble figuring puberty out to make the argument he did. The rise of sexual feelings is confusing for even straight kids, much less gay ones. Keeping their minds in the dark about sex makes problems.
According to Campfield’s twisted world, showing kids how to use a condom is like loading a syringe and offering them to get high on heroin. Here is the linchpin of the anti-gay argument: Let’s make things as extreme and ridiculous as possible and maybe our craziness will rub off and taint gays and lesbians in the eyes of heterosexuals.
When Campfield is reminded that AIDS is prevalent in Africa among heterosexuals, he comes up with the idea that is because Africans run around committing sodomy more so than anywhere else in the world. Being against gay civil rights is not enough for Campfield. He needed to add a little racism into his homophobia.
Campfield makes the often-distorted comment that homosexuality is not genetic. His argument is that there isn’t a gay gene. First, no one has mapped out how the entire human genome operates in all its subtlities. Second, there doesn’t have to be a single gene to make something genetic, whether that is homosexuality, lying or having a generally happy demeanor. Real research has found genetic, hormonal, and environmental influences as a cause for homosexuality. That fits for heterosexuality too. Campfield may be surprised to find that there isn’t a heterosexual gene either. Still to be determined is if being a homophobe is genetic or environmental. My hunch is that it goes hand in hand with being an idiot, at least one like Campfield who can’t get his facts straight.