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Gays Not "Mentally Healthy Adult Human Beings" According To This Clueless Tennessee Lawmaker

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This is classy: about a day after a gay teen in Tennessee committed suicide, Rep. John Ragan told one of his constituents that gay individuals are not “mentally healthy adult human beings.”

Of course, this also comes after his terribly inaccurate response to a plea from a lesbian student at Middle Tennessee State University to oppose a bill that would basically give a license to bully, who wrote:

“The threat to gay or lesbian children (yes, they do exist) or even to children rumored to be gay is quite overt.There is no mistaking that the purpose and language of this bill are to justify and defend anti-gay bullying, which has already caused too much pain and driven too many children to take their own lives.”

Beautifully put and inarguable, right?

Well, according to Ragan, homosexuality is comparable to murder, rape, overeating, and prostitution:

“Logically, homosexuality is defined by behavior, i.e., unless one engages in sexual activity with a member of the same sex, he, or she, is not a homosexual. (The term sexual orientation is a description of feelings.). Feelings do not control the behavior of a mentally healthy adult human being.

By way of emphasis, let’s examine a few questions: If a person “feels” so angry with another that he or she “feels” like killing the object of their anger, is that person “controlled” by that “feeling?” Alternatively, can the possessor of that “feeling” choose not to act on it? If that person fails to act on that “feeling,” is he or she still referred to as a “murder?”

Can a person feel so much lust toward another that he “feels” like committing rape? If such is a possibility, is that person “controlled” by that “feeling” or can he choose not to engage in that action? If that person fails to act on that “feeling,” is he still referred to as a “rapist?”

Can a slender person “feel” like overeating, but choose not to do so? Is that person still called “fatty?” Can someone “feel” like not going to work, but get up and go anyway? Is that person still called “lazy?” Can a nun “feel” like engaging in sexual relations, but choose to remain celibate? Is she called a “whore?” Can someone “feel” like committing adultery, but choose not to do so? Is that person still called an “adulterer?”

Can a parent feel so upset with the misbehavior of a child, that he or she “feels” like “beating” that child? Alternately, can a distraught parent choose to merely “discipline” a child with a lecture, a “time-out” or a “grounding” (dependent upon age) to reinforce a prohibition against poor, or dangerous, behavior.

The list of questions about “feelings” that do not control people could go on and on. However, the point is sufficiently made. Mentally healthy adult human beings are not “controlled” by their “feelings.”

Yep, he said all of that. Loving another person is exactly like those things, he's absolutely right! Glad he cleared all that up!

And then he had the audacity to call everything he says "fact" and even quotes John Adams about facts.

How do people like this get into the position they have? Shouldn't we be checking if they even have a baseline of decency and common sense??

We are so frustrated by this and the countless other examples of people being misinformed and promoting inaccuracies and bigotry.

A boy died from being bullied, so let's protect the bullies. Plain and simple: this makes no sense.

RIP Philip Parker.

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38 comments to “Gays Not "Mentally Healthy Adult Human Beings" According To This Clueless Tennessee Lawmaker”

  1. 1

    Being gay is a genetic screw up just like mental retardation, Alzheimers, and the other 39893 mental conditions. So hes correct when he says "gay people are not mentally healthy"

  2. 2

    "A boy died from being bullied, so let's protect the bullies." the government has been putting laws in effect to protect the weak and stupid for a very long time, which ultimately just ends up slowing down natural selection. If weak minded twats want to kill themselves so be it, at least they'll never get the chance to procreate.

  3. 3

    Not everyone can have common sense, think logically or understand the meaning of life…..this idiot needs to be beat, just because!

  4. 4

    I am gay and I deem this to be accurate. Finally someone gets it.

  5. 5

    His basic premise is wrong: "… unless one engages in sexual activity with a member of the same sex, he, or she, is not a homosexual." That means no one is heterosexual, too, until they have straight sex. The US is so backwards when it comes to this world because they are run by religious nuts who believe in superstitious nonsense. They might as well be sacrificing virgins to the volcano god…if they could find one.

  6. 6

    Re: NookiesWA – "the government has been putting laws in effect to protect the weak and stupid" So when will they start making laws to protect you?

  7. 7

    Re: NookiesWA – Hate like homophobia is also the signs of someone who is not mentally healthy.

  8. 8

    Re: NookiesWA – Entertaining as always. The irony of a homophobe using natural selection as their argument is not wasted on me.

  9. 9

    Re: NookiesWA – You know, you seem to be so anti-everything, I'm beginning to think you're just not 'for' anything. You're against religion, against homosexuals, against black people, against science, against facts, against the medical association, against the citizens of the country you live in, against celebrities, against Perez Hilton (even though you've posted over 2200 comments on HIS gossip site!!!!!!!!!!!) against liberals, against conservatives, and the list goes on and on. You're just one of those people who is so insecure about themselves that they can't say they like anything. You're so transparent. You said yourself that you see this world as a shit hole, and even admitted you wanted a bomb to be dropped on hollywood even though you practically live on a gossip site. (how embarrassing!!) Maybe the world wouldn't be so shitty to you if you showed even an ounce of compassion for something.

  10. HOTI says – reply to this


    He's just a troll. Nevemind him…

  11. 11

    Hilton acts like a 12 year old girl, vacations and goes on date nights with Momma, has dressed like a Toddler & Tiaras contestant, fawns over MattyB and other little boys, pretends to shit on a Bieber cutout, posts pics of guys dicks, etc etc. and then wonders why, in this day and age, people think gays aren't mentally healthy. Look in the mirror douchebag, there's your answer. If you're going to act like a fucking freak, you're going to be treated like a freak. You're responsible for the way the public perceives gays, how you act influences people's opinions eg. Lohan, Kardashians, Andy Dick etc. Not hard to figure out dickwad. This guy is right.

  12. 12

    Re: JasonDiggy – I swear you're the only person on this site with an ounce of logic!!!

    Re: Lady Who? – So you mention lindsay lohan, the kardashians, and andy dick who are all straight (kind of). Shall i then judge all straight people because of how they act? No, of course not, so don't use such a ridicilous argument.

  13. 13

    We have a long way to go in this country…some are still living in the intellectual caveman times.

  14. 14

    Re: NookiesWA – No, you are a genetic screw up, and I say that very seriously.

  15. 15

    Let's see, according to the media only gays kill them selves so it's not hard to say they're not healthy mentally.

  16. 16

    Re: joethehobo – Well said.

  17. 17

    what is it with this guy? hope he has some gay kids. would be even better if he got busted in a gay scandal. and to nookieswa… someday you'll wish someone would show you some compassion and you'll be denied the same way you deny others. hope it gets caught on film …

  18. 18

    I'm not even from the United States, or even CLOSE to tenessee, but what i just read made me wanna throw up all over this john ragans ugly ass face. now i'm emailing to really show him how i feel about what he's said and about others. I have a cousin who is married to another male, he's one the of the healthiest of all my family.. so he'd better reconsider what he says.

  19. 19

    It is a tradegy that the boy died. Still the boy should have live. Yes, there are going to be bullies for you being gay, religious, fat, skinny or whatever …If everyone committed suicide because some gets bullied there will be no one in this world.

    Honestly I do agree with the statement because they are not mentally ready. Most people you hear that do commit sucide is because they are gay. But if it floats your area then be prepared and keep your head up.

  20. 20

    as far as bullying goes..being gay is no different than being fat. gays want to be treated like they are gods gift to the world (although they hate god and chrisitianity in favor of muslims who would murder them all). they are people like you and me. if you kill a gay, his life is somehow worth more than if you kill someone straight? what a country.

    yell alluh akbar and machine gun some jews at a ticket counter, and thats not a hate crime. but god forbid your vicitim is black or gay..its a hate crime.

    get over yourself…youre no better than me.

  21. 21

    This man is so ignorant. I am very openly gay and I CAN NOT help that I want to be with another man. Being with a woman does not feel right to me and women DO NOT turn me on sexually. I CAN NOT control that.

  22. 22

    NookiesWA: I am so sorry that something happened in your life that caused you to believe things such as this. To look at a situation and choose to see it in a hateful, small-minded way. What you are saying is wrong. Plain and simple. Your opinion on this matter is not based on fact but on hate. I'm sorry you see the world in such a hateful way, it must be so lonely for you. I hope you get the help you need to become a mentally healthy adult, because it's very clear from your posts, you are not one.

    All homosexuals aren't mentally healthy? What mentally stable human being comes to school or work everyday and bullies a person based on their sexual preference? What mentally stable individual makes themselves feel good by tearing down others? Wouldn't you say that people who spend their lives fighting to deny the right to love another human being regardless of gender and spreading hate is mentally unstable?

    Many psychologists believe that bullies enjoy hurting others and every time they get away with it, it prompts them to do it again. The children who bully are more inclined to grow up and have anger management issues, aggression issues, and continue to be a bully in the workplace and be a bully in their relationships. Are these people mentally stable?

  23. 23

    Re: thebigboot – That is so not true. The media does enjoy focusing on gay teen suicides because gay rights is a very popular subject. There have been many straight teens who have committed suicide do to bullying. Here's a list of some examples: Phoebe Prince, bullied by nine girls over who she was dating. Amanda Cota, bullied because she was very short and had the body of a 6th grader at 17. Tristen Hagen, commits suicide after having sexual relationship with his FEMALE babysitter Brenda Harding.

  24. 24

    No one is in the right state of mind when they choose to end their life. Not every suicide is gay person, and not every gay will commit suicide. But something is wrong in their mental capacity within that moment they choose to end their life. But why do gays commit suicide? In a philosophical sense I think it is laziness and fear. They are fearful of people's opinions and perceptions of them, they are lazy because they are scared so they don't get up and fight. Fight the bullying or the day to day challenges, but they want it better now, they need it better now. They are tired of not being accepted, so rather than not be accepted, they rather not exist. So they end it. They don't realize that tomorrow might be the day everything changes, that fighting to today might make it better for the future tomorrow. After all that is what happen to the civil rights with blacks and women. But would that mean gays are weak? Bot particularly. There are still kids young I. The mind

  25. 25

    Young In the mind and very irrational and influenced. Maybe the torture and the wrath people break down the barriers to where there is nothing left. I don't think it has to do with being gay. I know I'm just rambling here but I think suicide is very general problem. Both this judge and Perez himself narrow it down to homosexuality because it suit their agendas. And Tome its both sickening.

  26. 26

    Listen, if you wanna say being gay is a choice, then what the hell do you call being straight. If I "choose" to be gay, then guess what you CHOOSE to be straight. You can't point the finger without it being shoved right back in your face. That guy stated the MOST IGNORANT rant ever using a choice of wording that proves that he is ignorant and biased.

  27. 27

    Re: NookiesWA – Seriously? If you have nothing nice to say then don't say anything at all

  28. 28

    Re: badnfluenz – DUH that's what i am saying people choose to be either gay or straight. But I don't believe one person is truly 100% gay or 100% straight. If you are you would find no sense of beauty in that gender. Geez read the blog man. you choose I choose we all choose. I believe in this notion and nobody has the right to tell to believe other wise. If you do you better have some honest fucking proof other "oh I can't help but feel this way." whether conscious or subconscious we all choose. God bless and good day motherfuckers.

  29. 29

    Re: Lady Who? – I see your point. Because Perez Hilton chooses to act in a certain way, that means all gays must act the same way. Get the hell out of here and take your obsession with Perez Hilton with you. Go to your comments section, every single one of your last posts is a desperate cry for attention to Perez.

  30. 30

    Re: thebigboot – Not sure if joking or just stupid…

  31. 31

    Re: resabambino – While I agree with you, you kind of lost me there toward the middle. Perhaps the reason so many gay children (yes children, because many of them are around 14) are killing themselves is because while most victims of bullying outgrow their weaknesses or abnormalities, you can't outgrow being gay. The bullying continues way on through adulthood. What hope is there for these children when they see adults going out of their way to stop gays from having the right to marry? What hope is there when we see during this presidential primary how it is considered a good thing when a candidate has 'anti-gay rights' as one of their platforms? In order for gay bullying to truly stop, it needs to start with the adults of this country first. I'm very pleased with the progress this country has made even within the past few years, but there is still a long way to go, and for many gay children in this country, their happiness is something that just can't be put on hold.

  32. 32

    Re: bobo99 – After reading your post, I can assure you, with every fiber of my being, that I am better than you.

  33. 33

    Maybe they're not mentally healthy because people keep telling them they're demons, immoral, and they're continuously rejected by society. It'd definitely drive me insane not to be accepted by others based on the way I was born.

  34. 34

    Re: honeylove021 – I can assure you that I am 100% gay. It's just who I am. I was born that way. Does this mean I am a typical flamboyant gay person like Perez is? No, in fact, you wouldn't believe me if I told you I was gay. If you believe that no one, including yourself, is 100% gay or 100% straight, then I think that means you have something to work out with your sexuality, not me. I understand that you are on my side, but the world would be a better place if people just stopped speaking for other peoples' sexualities. You don't know any other person's true sexuality except your own, so why on earth do you feel you have the right, and most of all the authorit,y to determine just how gay I really am?

  35. 35

    Re: electromouth – Thanks electromouth. You're the only one who notices. :)

  36. 36

    Re: HeartsContent – Exactly!

  37. 37

    I know that I am 100% straight because I choose to be. But I meant that humans are neither or in the psychological sense being that sexuality is so complex. I am not professing to know other people's sexuality, just mere looking at the situation as something we may never truly acquire the knowledge of why we are the way we are, other than knowing the choices we make.this unique situation is particularly interesting because goes forth into investigating the human mind, not at all in the interest of how gay you think you are and who sleep with.

  38. 38

    Re: honeylove021

    "But I don't believe one person is truly 100% gay or 100% straight"

    You're post speaks for itself. You also don't choose your sexuality. You can choose who you sleep with, but your sexuality.