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Missouri Advances Even Stricter Don’t Say Gay Bill

Missouri Advances Even Stricter Don’t Say Gay Bill

 

Missouri lawmakers late last week advanced a Tennessee style “Don’t Say Gay” education bill that would also serve to ban LGBT positive groups in schools.

The bill, introduced last month to little attention, has now been referred to the Elementary and Secondary Education Committee.

HB 2051 seeks to ban teachers from talking about sexuality other than heterosexual reproduction, and desires ban all mention and expression sexuality in schools outside of that context, saying:

170.370. Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, no instruction, material, or extracurricular activity sponsored by a public school that discusses sexual orientation other than in scientific instruction concerning human reproduction shall be provided in any public school.

Whether the legislation’s rather open definition of “human reproduction” science will cause the bill problems as it has done in Tennessee remains to be seen. For instance, how will the legislation effect current sex education (or lack thereof), and what of IVF and other reproduction science subjects?

Still, the bill is co-sponsored by a swathe of House GOP members such as Speaker-elect Tim Jones (R-089), Rep. John Diehl (R-087) and current Speaker Steven Tilley (R-106).

Because the measure goes so far as to ban extracurricular activities that exceed its mandate, it would seem to ban gay-straight alliances. This, LGBT rights groups warn, is an unlawful blow to free speech that will not go unchallenged.

“Filing this bill is a desperate tactic by frightened, bigoted, cynical individuals who are terrified at the advancement the LGBT community has made in breaking down the barriers to full and equal treatment under the law,” A.J. Bockelman, executive director of the state’s LGBT rights group PROMO, is quoted as saying.

“It’s clear that this proposed bill does nothing to protect students. In some way, however, these enemies of Freedom of Speech have done us a favor. By attempting to coerce teachers and students into making this core reality of our lives literally unspeakable, they have only proved why LGBT students need greater, better, and stronger protection in our schools.”

The Tennessee House meanwhile continues to advance its embattled version of the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

 

Related Reading:

Don’t Say Gay Bill Needed to Keep Indoctrinating Children, Claims Rep

Tennessee Senate Okays ‘Don’t Say Gay’ in School Bill

TN ‘Don’t Say Gay’ in Schools Bill Unlikely To Get House Vote Before 2012

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1:04AM PDT on Apr 28, 2012

If I were a teacher in Missouri, I would advise all my students that I intend to resign as soon as that hateful anti-intellectual bill passes. And meanwhile, I would make sure they know that homosexual people, and homosexual non-human animals, most certainly exist and are a part of the real world -- which it is the school's job to teach them about. And I would not mind adding, they are a part of God's creation, whom God loves equally along with heterosexual people and animals.

11:45PM PDT on Apr 26, 2012

A class in RESPECT AND RESPONSIBILITY should be taught from Grade one to graduation. Children should be taught that anything is permissible as long as it does not hurt themselves or anyone else. If children are taught at a very early age that every child has their own strengths and weaknesses and that they should use their strengths to help others not to tease or bully them.
It should not matter if a child comes from a FAMILY of a mother and father, 2 mothers or 2 fathers or a single mother or father as long as they are LOVED.
Sex Education should be taught on LGBT, Contraceptives, Masturbation, Pregnancy and all forms of sex. Let us face it whether we like it or not children are curious and are having sex earlier. Children should be taught the JOYS and the CONSEQUENCES of having sex ( Pregnancy, STD, AIDS and others.) Cut out Geography or History early on then put it back in. Geometry and Algebra can be learned in college if needed. I believe this is a solution. Stopping the damage before it starts so that Bullying, Sexual Assault, and many others will be greatly diminished if not eradicated. It is my belief that when children graduate with these principles where they are taught RESPECT for themselves and others and to take RESPONSIBILITY for their actions. If children grow up with these values, I believe business and government would benefit greatly. Within a few generations this world would be a much better place to live in.

9:53AM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

Yknow, they never really talked about gay sex in my school either... but that was in the 80s before AIDS and herpes became such huge problems.

I guess.... they want all that to happen all over again....?

9:36AM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

Lets all put our heads in the sand, and all the "bad things" we don't agree on will disappear.... So now we have a new saying " Don't say Gay and it will go away". This is about as usefull as "Pray the Gay away".... Good luck!

1:17AM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

And I thought that this was only happening in (I think) Russia?

11:52PM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

It is sad how, in such a time of "advancement", people continue to be such discriminatory bigots.

10:26PM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

I feel like I'm in the Twilight zone! We are going backwards in time

6:55PM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

I made a video about why Homosexuals should have equal rights. It’s at my YouTube channel Zarrakan, and here’s the link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdK5ETOJusw

Watch it, share it, and join the fight against the evil Homophobes.

5:05PM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

Both imaginary God and fairy Allah seemed unusually obsessed with where dudes stuck their little pricks. God was perfectly OK with incest but butt slamming and sheep poking were a no no. Allah liked butt slamming for himself and his priest cronies but not for everybody else. After reading chapters and chapters of sex and violence in the holy, sacred BuyBull, I think all these fairy spirits are a bunch of perverts who can't keep their noses out of peoples' asses. America was founded on the principle of individual freedom. I think that means freedom from harassment by crazy people. Religion is an opinion and my opinion is just as good as your opinion and my opinion is Jesus Freaks are nuts.

4:05PM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

Lois E., are you really comparing sex between two consenting adults to having sex with animals? Well I guess for some racist, bigoted anti science people having sex with an animal would be a step up on the rings of evolution. Wait, YOU don’t believe in evolution so let me put that another way. Having sex with an animal would be having sex with something with a higher IQ for some of YOUR crowd.

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