Sorry, folks, but I can’t not do this.
Today’s award goes to TENNESSEE (all caps to emphasize just how horrific this state’s recent action is)
SB 1793/HB 1547 passed the TENNESSEE Senate on Monday by a vote of 32-0. Their House passed it last month by a vote of 90-2.
So just what is SB 1793/HB 1547, you may well ask. They call it the “Religious Viewpoints Antidiscrimination Act.”
A little commentary on this bill:
While purporting to prevent discrimination against students expressing religious viewpoints, SB 1793/HB 1547 crosses the line from protecting religious freedom into creating systematic imposition of some students’ personal religious viewpoints on other students,” the Tennessee American Civil Liberties Union said in a recent statement. “Should this pass, students with a range of religious beliefs, as well as non-believers, would likely routinely be required to listen to religious messages or participate in religious exercises that conflict with their own beliefs.”
The act will also allow children the platform to use public school facilities, such as a school’s public address system, classrooms and school assemblies, to express their religious beliefs without discrimination. This would automatically include opposition to same-sex marriages and the LGBT community.
According to the legislation, those allowed to speak at certain public school forums must be in the highest two grade levels or in a specific position within the school. However, the clause lists three positions of honor already: student council officers, class officers, and captains of the football team.
Isn’t that just precious? Wouldn’t you love to have your children preached to at the next assembly/game/student council meeting? Because you just know those kids are going to be even-handed, fair, and non-biased. And their bigoted parents, the ones who obviously voted in the clowns populating the TENNESSEE legislature, surely have taught their young ones to be tolerant and accepting. And I’ll just bet the brand of religion espoused by those kids who will be taking over the microphone emphasizes love, mercy, and grace.