Once again, Tennessee is proving itself to be one of the most anti-gay states in the country. This time, it’s a school in Rossville, just outside of Memphis (where just a few miles away, a Mississippi city mayor announced his gay orientation).
This time, it’s Rossville Christian Academy, a private school with around 300 students. The school announced a new policy that specifically addresses the gays:
“Homosexuality is forbidden in scripture (Romans 1:27, Leviticus 18:22). A staff member or student who promotes, engages in, or identifies himself/herself with such activity through any word or action shall be in violation of this policy. Should the administration determine a violation of this policy, the person involved will be subject to disciplinary action with the possibility of permanent dismissal. Any applicant who is not in compliance with this policy will not be admitted.”
Interestingly, according to WREG News, a CBS affiliate based in Memphis, at least one parent has seen through the smokescreen.
“My initial reaction is that it was specifically aimed at one person, and I felt very sad about that,” said the parent, who did not want to be identified.
Unfortunately for that one student, and any others who might happen to be gay, this ban is perfectly legal, highlighting the fact that there are absolutely no legal protections for LGBT Tennesseans. None. Zip. Nada. Even when a municipality like Nashville attempts it, the state legislature rallied around a bigoted bill to squash the effort with HB600, a law that was birthed by right-wing legislators after discussions with the Family Action Council of Tennessee, run by former state senator David Fowler. The legislation is currently mired in litigation.
The sad truth of the matter is that we’ve seen this kind of thing coming. Right wing politicos and teavangelicals are making a mad dash to circle the wagon now that gay rights are a statistical inevitability. Even gay marriage has the support of more than 50% of the general population, with most Americans understanding that fair is fair. As a result, the bigots (who usually hide behind religious impersonation) are pulling out all the stops to keep “the gays” from influencing their own flocks.
It’s the flip side of the Matthew Shepard law. These are the same kinds of people who shouted from the rooftops that preachers would be imprisoned for even so much as reading Leviticus 18:22 or 20:13. Now that they’ve been proven completely wrong, they’re doing everything they can to indoctrinate people into the same kinds of hateful rhetoric — all under the guise of “Christianity.”
Their true hearts are laid bare with this — They know full well that their actions are legal, so they distort the law and use that legality to throw every gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender person they meet under the bus. Plus, they’ll fight tooth and nail to keep these laws in place — to keep it legal to fire someone because they’re gay, deny a lesbian couple the ability to rent a one-bedroom apartment, to deny same-sex marriage, or to provide the needed therapy for transgender people.
Bigotry is as ugly as it ever was. We’re finally starting to see it just as it is, and it can mean only one thing:
They’re losing. Big time.