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Dear Tennessee: This SUCKS!

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Apparently, some people in this country don't understand how harmful bullying can be.

A new law in Tennessee is giving students a "license to bully," if they are doing so in the name of their religion. According to reports, lawmakers are seriously considering allowing students to express harmful and damaging opinions to other students if their religion supports their arguments.

The bill is reportedly a top priority for the conservative Family Action Council of Tennessee — a group that voiced their support in their December newsletter, saying it hopes "to make sure [the law] protects the religious liberty and free speech rights of students who want to express their views on homosexuality."

So basically, a child can do harmful damage to another through their words and actions, be hateful and ignorant, all because their faith system dictates that something is wrong.

Makes us sick just to think about this gross and disgusting bill being passed. Has the multiple suicided of bullied children around the world taught these people nothing about compassion, understanding and community. It hurts our hearts to believe some kid in Tennessee is going to be put down and made fun of relentlessly simply because they are choosing to be exactly who they want to be.

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24 comments to “Dear Tennessee: This SUCKS!”

  1. REPUB says – reply to this


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    HYPOCRITE IS WHAT YOU ARE—– why is it alright for you to bully conservative politicians? answer that DOUCHE



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    why???how can people be so fucking stupid in such a developed country…..calling all american gays to move to canada….trust me its much better and safer



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    Does this just apply to gays or are muslim students allowed to call christian students 'infidel', and christian students can call muslims 'heathen'? Racists also hide behind the bible, so are white christians allowed to discriminate against black students? This is just sick.



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    Here's the thing. It sounds pretty terrible on the surface, however I think there may be a silver lining in this. It's a way for some of these kids to grow a pair. I was not a popular child in a Tennessee school (a VERY SMALL TN SCHOOL AT THAT) and I got through without killing myself. You know why? I had enough self respect and self worth, because it was my parents responsibility to mold the kind of person that I am. If this were to pass, it says that ANY religion can say what they want. So yea, there may be Bible Beating Christians shoving down their thoughts, but now OTHER religions have that right. I say go for it.



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    Re: REPUB – Guess you can't tell the difference between a public figure who chooses to be a public figure and some kid in school.



  6. 6

    These things are always sponsored by groups with the word, "Family" or "Values" in them. When did we decided to alter the meaning of those words to apparently mean evil? I'm so sick of stupid people



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    Re: cruhhjackus – It is true that what does kill you can make you stronger, but don't forget - it can also kill you.



  8. 8

    Lol……….. The U.S. are getting more stupid by the minute, I see…



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    "License to bully"? No, they have the right to their opinion and beliefs. It's OK for you to express your opinion, but not OK for someone who believes some lifestyle choices are wrong to express theirs? I don't think that skeezy old guys should be marrying little 16 year olds (hi, Doug & Courtney!) and you feel the same way and express that opinion regularly. Why is OK for you to say stuff like that about a 16 year old girl, but it's not OK for a Christian to say they don't agree with homosexuality?!



  10. 10

    So it was ok for you, Perez, to bully people and "out" them with your website because you felt you had a "license to bully" given that you were doing it in the name of making yourself famous?



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    Re: rosebud99 – I can agree, and it's also on a 'case by case' basis. I just seem to feel like no one can defend themselves anymore and everything has to be censored. I don't believe in that. I believe that some of these kids just need to punch some of these other punk-ass kids in the face (believe me, they do need it). When it comes to some law like this, I feel like it could be useful, versus terrible.



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    This is ridiculous. When I was in high school I was called incredibly horrible homophobic things but I'm completely hetero- are kids still going to be able to 'express their religious views' against people whose school identity is probably based on rumour alone (as it often is?!).

    Backward, backward.



  13. 13

    Really that's the reason why gays have bullies, because so many churches, especially the ones down south (I went to one of these types growing up) who constantly preach about the supposed evils of homosexuality.



  14. 14

    I can't wait for the day when we finally start raiding anyone who has anything to do with these "Family values" aka domestic terrorist cells.



  15. 15

    Unbelievable. If these 'christians' in question would stop using the bible as a weapon against their fellow human beings the world would be a better place. Christianity has become one of the most hateful religions out there, and I feel sorry for the real Christians out there who still stand for one of the easiest lessons they learned — Love Thy Neighbor. The fact that there could be a law in our government that not only protects these people, but aids them, is just embarrassing. It's amazing that we live in the year 2012 and we STILL have people being persecuted in the name of religion. Mythology/religion, whatever you want to call it, has no place in this government. Other countries that are just as developed as we are realized this a long time ago.

  16. ONIT says – reply to this


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    Freedom of speech! Yet, people have to understand that it is NOT what you say but how you say it. One can state their neutral opinion without being offensive.



  17. 17

    just when I thought americans (especially southern USA) wasn't that bad and it was all in my head….. they come to prove me wrong, they're stupid…. yep… plain stupid….



  18. 18

    They say "ignorance is bliss" not in this case thats for sure.

  19. Draax says – reply to this


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    I bet you atheist students are not allowed to speak out against religion.



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    I am a southern Baptist from Tennessee. I am young, educated, and religious. Are ya'll not bullying when you call all southerners "ignorant", "stupid", and "backward". This is a bill in order to allow students of all races, genders, sexuality, and religion to express their opinions and beliefs. This will produce open conversations, not hatred. I am religious, I do not always agree with the lifestyles of others around me., but I do not love them any less. I have had many gay friends. I did not hate them for their lifestyle, even if i thought it went against my religious upbringing. This is bill is to protect religious freedom (which is often deprived in school systems) and children. Children could have educated conversations about their lifestyles, religious beliefs, and opinions. This will educate other students about homosexuality, religions, and broaden or solidify their opinions. This is not to condemn homosexuals, but it is to not deprive children of their right to free speech and religious opinion. The people in Tennessee are just like any other Americans. We are not backwoods monsters, who force our opinions on others who go around beating Bibles over others' heads. We are just protecting our rights/freedoms.



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    As a heterosexual Tennessee Christian, I find this legislation embarrassing. This is not legislation that will "open the conversation" for people to speak about their views, regardless of how some folks want to try to bill it as that. This is just a legal way to justify anti-gay bullying on school grounds, which will relieve accountability from school teachers and administrators who turn a blind eye to kids from the GLBT community as their bullies continue to make their lives a living hell. Any way you try to bill it - it's WRONG. Want to convince me otherwise? Introduce a no-tolerance bullying bill…no stipulations on what can be said or who can say what…but simply stating that bullying of ANY kind will NOT be tolerated, and on the third offense, the bully should be expelled. Period. Just my two cents.



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    Re: Draax – Totally agree with this. Even though they say it's supposedly for all religions, it is clear that it will not work out that way, especially when it comes to atheism. And also, I still will never understand why Christians can't just apply their religious beliefs to themselves. They say gays impose their lifestyle just because they wish to be open about it. It's not like they go around telling everyone to be gay and be like them and whatever. That's what these radical religious types do, they take their personal belief of what a person should be, and apply it to everybody. I know plenty of Christians who realize that their beliefs aren't everyone's, so they just apply those beliefs to themselves and let others do their own thing. I wish everyone could reach that level of understanding.



  23. 23

    This is disgusting. Fuck Tennessee.



  24. 24

    This country was founded on religious freedom. There is a difference between expressing religious beliefs and bullying. You can't use the guise of bullying to shop free speech. And btw don't think that Christians aren't bullied.