Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Ashamed to Live in East Tennessee

Rhea County asks legislators for gay criminal bill (Registration Required)

"Rhea County commissioners unanimously voted to ask state lawmakers to introduce legislation amending Tennessee’s criminal code so the county can charge homosexuals with crimes against nature.

"We need to keep them out of here," said Commissioner J.C. Fugate, who introduced the motion."
I saw this story earlier today here, and my jaw literally dropped. I had to laugh out loud at the sheer audacity of it.

SayUncle has a good quote.

This is worse than the "God Resolution", worse than Union County schools letting kids off for a revival, worse than almost any other local event I can think of lately that shows how the misuse of religion can blind community leaders to blatant bigotry.

Please, please - let people know about this unbelievable example of local politics run amok. Let it be ridiculed in the public arena as it should be. If anybody reading this lives in Dayton or Rhea County, let your Commission know they will be voted out of office next term - this is even a better reason for recall than anyone here that participated in KnoxRecall (a recent effort to remove former Knoxville Mayor Victor Ashe and several City Council Members) ever dreamed of having.

Hopefully we'll see another headline soon that reads, "Rhea County citizens remove commissioners from office for Crimes Against Humanity"

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