Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Kansas bill would allow for the criminal prosecution of teachers who distribute materials related to homosexuality

Kansas Senate Bill 56 is broadly worded to make it easy to criminally charge teachers for distributing materials that are “harmful to minors.” According to State Senator Mary Pilcher-Cook, one of the primary proponents of the bill:
Pornography and obscene materials are becoming more and more prevalent in our society and it’s all too common to hear of cases where children aren’t being protected from the harm it inflicts.
If you read the bill carefully, prohibited materials include, but are not limited to “ … acts of masturbation, homosexuality, sexual intercourse or physical contact with a person's clothed or unclothed genitals or pubic area or buttocks or with a human female's breast.” Ms. Pilcher-Cook has strange ideas about what is pornographic.

Sexual intercourse is inclusive. Why did they add homosexuality and what constitutes an act of homosexuality? Is that a same-sex kiss?

Elise Higgins of Planned Parenthood agrees. She said in written testimony that the bill criminalizes discussions of sexuality in public schools, which would mean that young people would not receive needed education about reproductive health. She also said the bill singles out gay and lesbian youth for discrimination by including “homosexuality” in its definition of “sexual conduct” alongside acts such as masturbation and sexual intercourse.

We can assume that there are teachers who use poor judgment. They should be disciplined not thrown in jail. OK, it's fucking Kansas but still what exactly are these people so terrified of?

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