Okay guys this is really important like this isnt another DMMd rant like this is serious, okay?
This was just shared on my facebook newsfeed and I’m more than a little terrified.
Basically, its a bill that says in the state of Tennessee (heehaw thats my state btw) religious freedom can go so far as to allow bullying of LGBT+ students. It also will force students to partake in different religions despite their own beliefs. No, not ‘accept and understand’ different religiouns - I said partake. As in I, an agnostic, will be forced DURING SCHOOL HOURS, to pray to God.
“Conversely, if a student of a minority religious faith (e.g., a Buddhist, a Wiccan, etc.) or a non-believer were to obtain a ‘position of honor,’ as defined under this bill, that student would be permitted to subject all classmates to prayer and proselytizing specific to his or her faith tradition in connection with school events. In both cases, parents would have no recourse to ensure that their children were not coerced into such religious exercise.”
Keep in mind, popular religions are not stated that they need to obtain a ‘position of honor.’
It went on to state that this means ‘God’ can actually become the answer to anything. This was supposed to be geared towards, putting your religion into your homework, artwork, and classwork (as if thats something thats already outlawed…oh wait, it is, just none of the schools here in TN actually follow it.) So basically, if youre a Chirstian, here’s your get out of jail free card for basically anything you’ve ever wanted to do at school ever! You can LEGALLY beat me up and torture me in the school bathroom and when questioned just say “It’s a sinner!!!” and poof - youre a perfect angel again, hurry on to third period!!!
In case you’re wondering, since this is all about ~*~RELIGIOUS FREEDOM~*~ that means if, say, a Buddist did the same thing and tried to pull the same response, the teachers can always turn around and say “But I’m a Christian and that’s wrong so you still can’t do that.” WOW, AIN’T THAT COOL? So it’s more-so just religious freedom to CHRISTIANS and an extremely high possibility of a brand new hospital bill for any Muslims, Buddists, Wiccans, athiests/agnostics, other non-Christian religions, and LGBT+ students as well!
But hey, good ol’ Bill Hasslam won’t ACTUALLY let that pass, right?
Too bad the senate already passed it 32-0 and the house at 90-2 a few days ago.
I did some more digging, read more here, here, here, and here.
My petition is here.
Please sign, signal boost, and help, this bill could, AND WILL, make school a terrifyingly dangerous and uncomfortable place for many, many students throughout this state!