Things just keep getting worse and when you think that the anti-gays have said just about everything they can to demonize, degrade and de-humanize LGBT, they manage to outdo themselves. At yesterday's hearing of Joint Committee on Education, Brian Camenker of MassResistance in support of Bill S321--Parental Notification--spent his three minutes of allotted time to speak in support of this bill by claiming that homosexuals were not among the 6 million Jews, gypsies, Jehovah's Witnesses and social outcasts killed by the Nazis in the Holocaust. Camenker went as far as to say that the whole "pink triangle" was made up in order to arrest Catholic priests.
And it gets worse, one of Camenker's minions who testified twice agreed with Brian. In her testimony before the Joint Committee on Education, she said that it was the Nazis themselves who were the homosexuals and they gave pink triangles to and arrested only the "most flamboyant of their own people." Thank God for Representative Alice Wolf who sat on the Joint Committee and called out Camenker on his craziness. Rep. Wolf said that "a fact is a fact" and you cannot deny that homosexuals were targeted and killed in the Holocaust. Camenker was relentless and he told Rep. Wolf that she was incorrect. Among other notables testifying at yesterday's hearing were Evelyn Reilly of the Massachusetts Family Institute, Ed Saunders of the Mass Catholic Conference and C.J. Doyle of the Catholic Action League.
Camenker's testimony in support of S321 was in response to Tom Lang of KnowThyNeighbor who tesified (Download lang_testimony) that Bill S321, by creating an "opt-in" only provision to the existing law of parental notification and its broad-based definition of "alternative sexual behavior" would not allow the inclusion of discussion about LGBT in any classroom or outside activity without a parental permission slip. Lang said that for example if S321 passed, "a field trip to the Holocaust Memorial would be fine unless a teacher included homosexuals among the list of (people) murdered by the Nazis in their death camps." And "discussion of the influence Gertrude Stein's relationship with Alice B. Toklas had on her poetry would also be forbidden." Bill S321 includes "homosexuality, lesbianism, trangenderism and bi-sexualism" among the list with bestiality and sado-masochism. Discussion of "alternative families" and same-sex marriage are also included in the proposed "opt-in" policy.
Of the Twenty-Five (25) Co-Sponsors of S321 Download Rep.htm only one bothered to appear before the Educational Committee to record her support--Rep. Elizabeth Poirier (R-North Attleborough). But she left before testimony was heard on this bill. Poirier was among 17 co-sponsors who are Republicans and fall in the large majority of support of this nasty bill which is trying to take away any or all identity from LGBT youth and does nothing but cause them harm.
I wonder how many of these Legislators understand the nature of the support and testimony for the bill that they sponsored--liars, bigots, homophobes, opportunists and now Holocaust deniers. I have called my Senator Bruce Tarr and have already read the riot act to his aide for the senator's sponsoring of this bill. This is absolutely inexcusable, deplorable and to which he and others should be held accountable.
Download Rep.htm Legislators Who Co-Sponsored Bill S321 and must be called
Link to the National Holocaust Memorial Traveling Exhibition of the Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals
Tom Lang, Director