An Open Letter to Tennessee Senator Stacey Campfield from Michael Wiseman

A friend shared the following open letter on Facebook today and, considering how Campfield’s idiocy annoyed and terrified me yesterday (yes, terrified… ignorance is terrifying) I felt compelled to share his letter which you can read on Mr. Wiseman’s (aptly named) Facebook page here.  Thank you Michael Wiseman!

I was taken aback earlier today after listening to an interview conducted on January 26, 2012 between you and radio host Michelangelo Signorile. In the interview, you stated several false facts that I feel should be addressed & corrected since you are responsible for making important decisions concerning state expenditures for health and human services in Tennessee.

[Between his introduction above and his conclusion below,  Mr. Wiseman systematically destroys all of Campfield’s claims with actual facts… not “I think I read somewhere” ones.  Click the link above… or here… to read them in all their glorious detail.]

Mr. Campfield, your statements made in this interview combined with your history of supporting an anti-gay agenda is very alarming in this day and age. The GLTB community at large has spent several decades trying to obtain the same rights and privileges granted to everyone else. And while huge strides have been made in recent years, children struggling with their own sexual identity need a positive and safe environment to learn in. Your bill will condemn homosexual children across our great state. This isn’t about religion or one’s personal system of beliefs; it’s about protecting all of our children. Homosexuality is natural and there is nothing wrong with it. It has existed in every facet of humankind since the dawn of time. Children who discover that they are gay need to realize that there is nothing wrong with them. They should not have to endure physical or verbal abuse by those that do not agree with their sexual orientation.

I’m not trying to change your mind (or lack thereof), but as a Senator, you should do a little more reading and research before speaking on such issues instead of trying to create controversy for yourself to pander to the lowest common denominator of the uneducated voter. I would be happy to discuss this matter with you personally, but I doubt that you will even read this. Tennessee is a wonderful state full of compassionate and loving people. There is room for everyone in the Volunteer State as well as the rest of our little blue marble. I hope over time you are able to open your mind and be more accepting of those that do not fit into your view of what is “normal”.

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