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Tennessee Governor Receives Controversial Bill That Would Allow And Encourage Bullying Among Students

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03/27/2014 11:59 am
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Tennessee Governor Receives Controversial Bill That Would Allow And Encourage Bullying Among Students
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Ben Patton Senior Manager @CincyBen We’re living in a society that is generally working towards an atmosphere of acceptance and harmony; abolishing hate and standing up for the weak and those who are different. Then of course you have states across the country who seem to be more concerned with segregating gays, ‘cause let’s be honest, that’s super American. Now we have Tennessee, I state I actually love…I mean, who doesn’t enjoy country music and visiting Music City?! But Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has recently received a bill, the “Religious Viewpoints Antidiscrimination Act,” to be exact. This will be basically allow (and potentially encourage) anti-gay bullying in the name of religious freedom. From my understanding, it would allow bulling beyond the reaches of the LGBT community and basically everyone would be allowed to bully just about anyone, for any reason, based on this religious freedom act. You believe in God? Ok, we can LEGALLY bully you. You’re an Atheist? Ok, we can LEGALLY bully you. Oh, you’re gay? Yep, we can are definitely going to bully you. Someone please explain how this makes sense? The ACLU released a statement stating the bill “crosses the line from protecting religious freedom into creating systematic imposition of some students’ personal religious viewpoints on other students.” According to TheNewCivilRightsMovement, “At a basic level, a student could merely write “God” on a chemistry test as the answer to a question asking to where water comes from. A student could also stand in class and say their religion says that gay people are sinners and going to hell, and that speech would be legally protected. The bill states “a student may express beliefs about religion in homework, artwork, and other written and oral assignments free from discrimination based on the religious content of their submissions. A student would not be penalized or rewarded on account of the religious content of the student’s work.” Once again, can someone please explain how this makes sense? The New Civil Rights Movement went on to say,
“Tennessee’s “Religious Viewpoints Antidiscrimination Act” actually mandates that schools allow students the use of public school facilities — including the school’s public address system, classrooms and school assemblies — and makes schools “[p]rovide the forum in a manner that does not discriminate against a student’s voluntary expression of a religious viewpoint.” An evangelical student, or example, could preach the gospel during a science class, or “witness” during English. Attacks on LGBT people and same-sex marriage are automatically protected under this bill, offering anti-gay students a state-sposored license to bully. And of course, a student could claim they worship Satan and subject their classmates to that “religious viewpoint” as well. The bill, of course, likely violates the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution, but that rarely stops conservative lawmakers on a religious mission. Republican governor Bill Haslam hopefully will show moral courage and veto this bill. If he signs it, he’ll be forcing all Tennessee students to be subjected to the religious beliefs of their classmates, and forcing Tennessee into a costly battle in court. But given that the Tennessee senate passed the bill yesterday on a 32-0 vote, and the House passed it 90-2, any veto Haslam considers likely will be overridden.”
Kansas and its ridiculous segregation attempts were shocking enough, but c’mon Tennessee…this is just unbelievable. This takes "equal rights" to un-healthy and un-American level in my opinion. What do you think PopWrappers? Comment below and let us know what you think.

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