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TN lawmaker:  "Everybody in this room knows what gateway sexual activity is."

TN lawmaker: "Everybody in this room knows what gateway sexual activity is."

Rep. John DeBerryWith the close of the first legislative session of 2012, Tennessee has passed an interesting assortment of conservative legislation, summarized by the Associated Press.  It's now a felony in the state to sell synthetic salts as bath salts and it's a crime to release "wild-appearing swine without proper documentation."

Some of the more controversial bills that created a buzz on the Internet while they were being deliberated have religious motivations and are aimed at public education, such as:

  • SB 0893, which grants legal protections to teachers who allow students to question the theory of evolution;
  • HB 2658, which permits the display of "historically significant documents" like the Ten Commandments at public buildings;
  • HB 3266, which allows school personnel to participate in student-initiated religious activities; and
  • HB 3621, which prohibits teachers from promoting or condoning "gateway sexual activity."

Time magazine points out a key point of controversy over the "gateway sexual activity" bill, which is part of the state's abstinence only sex education stance, is that it is so vague that no one really knows what "gateway sexual activity" is.  Critics say that teachers could be penalized for allowing students to hold hands or hug — or even dance too close at school dances.

But in a video released by Tennessee's Family Action Council, Rep. John DeBerry says no explanation is necessary.  "Everybody in this room knows what gateway sexual activity is," he explained to lawmakers deliberating on the measure. "Everybody knows there's certain buttons when you push them, certain switches when you turn them on, there's no stopping, especially for undisciplined, untrained, untaught and unraised children who just want affection from somebody or anybody." Watch:

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One of the growing crowd of American "nones" herself, Deborah is a prolific writer who finds religion, spirituality and the impact of belief (and non-belief) on culture inspiring, fascinating and at times, disturbing. She hosts the God Discussion show and handles the site's technical work. Her education and background is in business, ecommerce and law.
  • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

    Illegalizing the selling of "salts" as a bath salts, I don't think is a conservative thing, not from what I've seen of the carp.  That K2 and other K add any number.

    I don't know what "gateway sexual activity" is and as you pointed out, nobody else knows what it is either and what is wrong with receiving affection, which includes hugs and is not necessarily sex, from somebody or anybody you care about and cares about you?  Does this mean a hug is "gateway sexual activity"?  Give me a break!

  • blackrockburner

    What is a "Gateway sexual activity"?  I'll know it when I see it.

    Of course, I may have to watch several times in order to be sure.

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