In an attempt to justify his “don’t say gay” bill, aimed at keeping anything gay related out of the school system, Republican Tennessee state Senator Stacey Campfield told
his mirror TMZ that the gay rights community are the “biggest bullies in the world.”
In the call, reacting to a letter from a gay rights advocate, Campfield said the “gay rights community are the biggest bullies in the world.” The TMZ hosts asked him what he found so aggressive in the letter from a gay rights advocate, clearly not understanding that in the world view of a Republican, anyone who exercises their first amendment rights while disagreeing with said Republican is seen as a hostile enemy. Also, there seems to be a lot of fear from these far right Republicans. A whole lot of fear.
Campfield proved that this is all about his ego by swaggering, “I’m just not going to put up with it.” Indeed, sir. No one is asking you to put up with anything, unless you consider allowing others to express their point of view as egregious.
The Republican sermonized, homosexuality is “very dangerous” because, “have you ever heard of AIDS?” Had I been there I would have asked him if he had ever heard of unemployment. He then proceeded to say that Africa has a problem with AIDS because a little birdie told him that sodomy is much more prevalent there.
Campfield clarified that there’s no comparison between the civil rights movement and the gay rights movement, and any such suggestion is “insulting to the civil rights movement of the black people.” (Any takers on just how much of an advocate Campfield has been for “black people”? There’s nothing a bully likes better than to divide and conquer his prey.)
The Republican told TMZ Live, “You know, you could say the same thing about kids who are shooting heroin. We need to show them the best ways to shoot up. No, we don’t. Why do we have to hypersexualize little children? Why can’t we just let little kids be little kids for a while?”
Or, let some senators be little kids forever. But I digress.
The Republican then went full on Leave Britney Alone wail, saying he wishes the gay community would just leave the straight people alone. Campfield whined that any time they speak, they go “bazonkers”. “We don’t wanna hear about it every day. Quit trying to ram it down everybody’s throats and quit pushing it on everyone. Just leave us alone.”
Campfield went on this self-pitying rage about how the gays need to leave him alone after he bullied and insulted a self-identified gay TMZ employee. Campfield dodged all reasonable questions and insisted on moving the goal posts to suggest that anyone questioning him was advocating teaching 5-year-olds about sex. It should be noted that this is from the party who seems to have no problems with having loaded assault weapons in our homes, on our streets and in our schools.
The wounded look in the TMZ employee’s eyes makes me wish I would have been there to ask the Senator if he missed the part in the Bible about not judging others. It’s always the dense projectors of the world who cause the most pain, and it’s impossible to get through the wall of defense they’ve built around their very fragile sense of self. See, Campfield thinks he can’t win if gays are allowed to exist. It’s an affront to his ego that anyone would go against his “beliefs”.
Also, as a typical bully, the Campfield type has a keen eye for the most vulnerable and enjoys kicking them around. (In his neck of the woods, the most vulnerable are the gays, minorities, and women.) What does that say about him? Paper tiger. It takes a lot more courage to stand up and say who you are than it does to kick the dog. This is how bullies prove their manhood to others – by showing that they can humiliate the less powerful.
The TMZ gang is shocked by the senator’s reaction, and this is part of the problem. There’s a large part of this country that has no idea just how rotten things are in the Southern belt. People are outraged today by an Alabama teacher who called Michelle Obama fat butt while teaching his psychology class. He peppered anti-gay hate speech into his lecture, proving my point that bullies come after those they view as beneath them and therefore vulnerable.
They hate with equal fervor the gays, women/young girls, minorities, and all Others that are not white, straight, male Christians from certain European regions. Please wake up, America; these are not anomalies. This is consistent. It’s ugly and hateful, and it shames the good people in those regions. It’s easy to analyze from afar as their fear of their growing irrelevance. True as that is, that’s not helping vulnerable children in those areas today. A hatred is burning through these people, and it’s inflicting deep pain. My heart hurts for the children in that classroom, gay and straight alike. They are being bombarded with sneering hate, and directed as to where to aim their resentments.
The gays are bullying everyone, y’all! How? Well, even mentioning their rather relevant fight for civil rights is a mean spirited act of bullying because Campfield, an allegedly small-government Republican, doesn’t want to hear about it. So he’s going to use the law to silence any mention of gay rights even in an 8th grade history class. His right not to be offended supersedes everyone else’s right to liberty, which is another classic example of privilege in action. In a final, sadistic twist, the Senator’s party puts a “freedom” stamp on their efforts to steal others’ liberty.
Ms. Jones is the co-founder/ editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
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