roadbikeRob saidTennessee is way too conservative for its own good. Its GOP neds to be taken over by moderates and progressives.
Unfortunately things are going just the other way. For over 100 years, Tennessee's legislature was majority Democrat, although mostly conservative Democrats. In the last 10 years there has been a shocking swing to the Republican side, and not just innocuous moderate Republicans.
The Republicans in the legislature now are the looney, militant religious right wing nuts who are on a crusade to fight the culture war and intend to crush anyone who opposes them.
In addition to this law that reverses Nashville's anti-discrimination law, we've seen bills that seek to forbid teachers from discussing homosexuality
in any way in schools and a bill that seeks to put so called "intelligent design" or "creation science" on equal footing with the real science of evolution
. They have also passed a bill that will effectively once again ban abortion
in the state.
These people are crusading theocrats, plain and simple, and they make no bones about it.
What's really unfortunate is that these people, despite their ridiculous beliefs, are not stupid. They are actually very clever and very effective. In the case of the creationism bill they have pushed it as a bill that will foster critical thinking skills. Who could be against that, right? But in their mind, evolution is brainwashing and it's a critical thinker who has the fortitude to consider creationism. They sold the anti-gay discrimination bill as the Equal Access to Commerce bill, saying they're not really targeting gays, but simply trying to unburden businesses from having to deal with varying municipal regulations. Thus the need to overturn Nashville's non-discrimination law.
They have been shockingly effective.