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Burgh42

Apr 17, 2012

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Also this week, Tennessee senators approved an update to the state’s abstinence-only education policy – which, I should add, doesn’t work seeing as the state has one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the country – which would outlaw the teaching of “gateway sexual activity.” I know what you’re thinking: what is this “gateway sex” all the kids are talking about? Is it as awesome as oral?

According to Tennessee legislatures, “gateway sexual activities” are kissing and hand holding. You know, things that small children do. Joyous things that bring us closer together, as humans. Ways we express affection every day. Evil.

The bill would warn teens about the dangers of kissing and hand holding, and prohibit teachers from demonstrating such activities. I’m not really clear on whether that means a teacher would be fired for, say, kissing his wife when she picks him up at the end of the day. And what about the teachers of small children who need their hand held every now and again? Off limits? Again, unsure.

What I am sure about is that a bill effectively warning teens about affection is one of the saddest things I’ve ever heard. But what do you think? Is Arizona worse for increasingly limiting the rights women have over their own bodies, or is Tennessee worse for providing us with a future world full of idiots who think evolution and global warming are myths and holding hands is a sin?

KalRyanish

Apr 17, 2012

Tennessee is a fucking disgrace.

MuseofSatie

Apr 17, 2012

I think Arizona and Tennessee are tied for the title of Dumbest Fucking States.  Georgia isn't far behind.

SillySmartie

Apr 17, 2012

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This is obscenely ridiculous! And so sad for those kids. No wonder smashingkeyboard is so backwards socially. tsk tsk tsk...

Tenon

Apr 17, 2012

As a native Mississippian, this makes me proud. 

Burgh42

Apr 17, 2012

The teen pregnancy rate is highest in Mississipi and lowest in New Hampshire, the CDC said.

 

State-by-state percentage infographic.

You can probably guess what it looks like.

smashingmayo

Apr 17, 2012

Gotta love how instead of sticking to the topic they then add in the bashing of religion (mocking sin), science brainwashing (global warming, proven false), and science-fiction (evolution, in its most broad-reaching definition). You can't take anyone seriously when they take digs at people who don't believe scientific fairy tales, aka theories.
Burgh42

Apr 17, 2012

is Tennessee worse for providing us with a future world full of idiots who think evolution and global warming are myths and holding hands is a sin?

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greyeyedqueen

Apr 17, 2012

Oh, crappola on a stick.  You have to be kidding me.  So, are these guys going to be going around checking hotel rooms on prom night or making schools cancel prom?  It's prom season, and I don't see that going over very well.  At all.

 

Morons.

smashingmayo

Apr 17, 2012

They SHOULD cancel prom and all other school dances because aparently everyone just grinds and teachers ignroe it. Pathetic.
OhnoezItsthatguy

Apr 17, 2012

WTF^

 

It's hot in the South.  The only thing to do is fuck. You're already sweaty.

 

heheh that last part rhymed...

SillySmartie

Apr 17, 2012

It's hot in the South.  The only thing to do is fuck. You're already sweaty.

Sup... ;D

greyeyedqueen

Apr 17, 2012

Nah, teachers don't ignore it.  It's more likely to be the parent chaperones who ignore it.  Thing is, dancing is allowed, so if they're dancing and it doesn't look like they're simulating sex on the dance floor, we let it go.

niceonagoodday

Apr 17, 2012

Dancing is clearly an activity sponsored by Satan and is also a gateway to STDs.

greyeyedqueen

Apr 17, 2012

Well, there are those who think so, but if we host a school dance, kids are going to, you know, dance.

Marmelodov

Apr 17, 2012

"Tennessee senators" approved it, you retards, not the Tennessee senate.  Of course this shit won't pass.

eggman1515

Apr 17, 2012

Thing is, dancing is allowed, so if they're dancing and it doesn't look like they're simulating sex on the dance floor, we let it go.

Your students make a distinction between the two?

James_1001

Apr 17, 2012

Tennessee isn't even the most socially conservative state in the US either. However, that's probably due to Nashville and too a lesser degree Clarksville (which has Austin P University), which are relatively "moderate" when it comes to social issues.

With Tennessee, even within major towns like Clarksville, you find quite a few holiness churches. Now, to understand holiness churches, think Southern Baptist or Assembies of God (which are in themselves relatively fundamentalist) but turn it up by about 2-3 clicks.

Now to understand what some holiness doctrines preach, it can vary from denomination to denomination, but the main emphasis is that becoming a Christian (born again) is just the initial part of salvation. That a sancification process in which nearly all sin is removed from ones life continues this salvation. Its sometimes their definition of what is "sin" that mainstream Christians (example Lutherans) take issue with. For example, its not forbidden as a Lutheran Christian to listen to rock music, to have a beer, or to attend an 80s night dance. With holiness churches (and to a lesser degree southern baptists), those activities are considered sinful. IF they don't consider it a sin, then it leads to sin. That's the mentality.

This news of warning against the dangers of kissing falls right in line with holiness doctrine, to stray away from things that might "lead" to sin (or in some denominations, kissing intimately might be considered sin.) In their eyes, in order to protect "God's people" they believe laws must be made to enforce morality. They don't see separation of church and state in the same light as we do. They see it to mean only that government cannot interfere with faith. They believe faith has a direct place in creating laws.

wutsthishere

Apr 17, 2012

they have good barbecue though.

and we have them to thank for ham and red-eye gravy and Mountain Dew.

nsertnamehere

Apr 17, 2012

They have Memphis, and Memphis is fuckin' rad. 

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