Bill O’Reilly says gay marriage could lead to turtle marriage. Rick Santorum says it could lead to dog marriage. And now Missouri Rep. Dwight Scharnhorst says it could lead to goat marriage.
Sponsors of legislation in Missouri that would eliminate discussions of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in public schools and prohibit teachers from addressing bullying based on sexual orientation told the Huffington Post that they “do not want the homosexual agenda taught in the schools.” Rep. Dwight Scharnhorst (R), a co-sponsor of the so-called Don’t Say Gay bill, argued that sexual orientation issues “should be taught by parents, clergy and physician” and warned that teaching about LGBT issues would lead to other discussions. “There is no need to talk about Billy wanting to marry a goat,” he said.
While I’m sure Representative Scharnhorst’s ardent supporters in the heartland of Missouri have some wild desires, that doesn’t mean they’re shared by everyone!
By the way, why on earth would you want to prohibit teachers from addressing bullying regardless of the rationale behind it? Why would you want to codify and officially condone bullying?
This could potentially become state law, and the result would be that a generation of young adults in Missouri will have learned that hate-crimes are protected speech.
You have to be a very miserable person to sponsor this kind of legislation.