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Wednesday, 17 March 2004

Topic: The Culture

Tennessee is such a nice place, really. Green mountains, deep valleys, lots of wide open space...

In the news?

Tenn. County Wants to Charge Homosexuals
Associated Press - Wed Mar 17, 1:37 PM ET

What this about?

DAYTON, Tenn. - The county that was the site of the Scopes "Monkey Trial" over the teaching of evolution is asking lawmakers to amend state law so the county can charge homosexuals with crimes against nature.

The Rhea County commissioners approved the request 8-0 Tuesday.

Commissioner J.C. Fugate, who introduced the measure, also asked the county attorney to find a way to enact an ordinance banning homosexuals from living in the county.

"We need to keep them out of here," Fugate said.

The vote was denounced by Matt Nevels, president of the Chattanooga chapter of Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.

"That is the most farfetched idea put forth by any kind of public official," Nevels said. "I'm outraged."

... Rhea County is one of the most conservative counties in Tennessee. It holds an annual festival commemorating the 1925 trial at which John T. Scopes was convicted of teaching evolution. The verdict was thrown out on a technicality. The trial became the subject of the play and movie "Inherit the Wind." ...
Oh well.

Over at Pandagon Jesse Taylor comments:

Is there some law that says every reactionary moron in America has to do a tour of duty in Dayton, Tennessee?

"Yeah, I was there in '78 when we tried to bar restaurants from serving Jews, man...those were the days."

"That's nothin'! I was there in '65 when we tried to get black people banned from public schools on account of their not being God's people!"


"Yeah, that's where I got this dent in my head from."
Tennessee is Bush country.

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