campfield Tennessees Stacey Campfield Still Belligerently Dumb, Apparently Unaware of Africas ExistenceMichelangelo Signorile interviewed Stacey Campfield, the temper tantrum-throwing, belligerently stupid Tennessee legislator who authored the infamous “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which would prohibit teachers and counselors from even mentioning gayness in Tennessee schools, and Stacey came ready to reassure everyone that he hasn’t read even one book since the last time he was interviewed in the national media. Oh, these are some doozies, they are.

It’s gay kids’ own fault for being gay when they, you know, blow their brains out:

“That bullying thing is the biggest lark out there.”

“There are sexually confused children who could be pushed into a lifestyle that I don’t think is appropriate with them and it’s not for the norm for society, and they don’t know how they can get back from that. I think a lot of times these young teens and young children, they find it very hard on themselves and unfortunately some of them commit suicide.”

Nice of him to add the word “unfortunately.”

Just because things happen in nature, doesn’t mean they should be discussed in school:

“[Homosexuals] do not naturally reproduce. It has not been proven that it is nature. It happens in nature, but so does beastiality That does not make it right or something we should be teaching in school.”

Bestiality happens in nature. Wow. Is it “bestiality” when beasts are doing it with each other, Stacey?

Half of all plays are about gays. Stacey Campfield really pays attention to the theater, you guys:

“Homosexuals represent about 2 to 3 percent of the population yet you look at television and plays and theaters, it’s 50 percent of the theaters, probably more than that, 50 percent of the theaters based on something about homosexuality.”

And now, the dumbest thing Stacey Campfield has ever said:

“My understanding is that it is virtually — not completely, but virtually — impossible to contract AIDS through heterosexual sex…very rarely [transmitted].”

Far be it from an average Tennessee wingnut to be able to pick out Africa on a globe, but it’s stunning that the man seems blissfully unaware of the fact that the sub-Saharan African AIDS epidemic involves lots and lots of heterosexual sex.

Stacey also believes that AIDS entered the human race when a pilot had sex with a monkey, though, a story which I thought had been debunked for so long that even wingnuts understood it was an urban myth. Apparently not in Tennessee. Mike debunks all that in his piece, and Stacey said other stupid things in the interview, so click.