In the context of debate in the Tennessee House of Representatives of House Bill 534 on Monday night, Representative Bill Dunn (R-Knoxville) used the debate to show that given what is occurring at places like the University of Tennessee, it is essential that laws be put in place in order that Christian students and other similar groups can be protected in order to prevent those groups from being forced to embrace ideas which are contrary to their faith.
"I think it is interesting that a private university in our State would force Christian organizations to accept non-Christian leaders, or not to have rules saying that leaders need to be a follower of Christ, but other higher education institutions in our State, such as the University of Tennessee, don't find it offensive to use student fees to host 'sex week,'" Dunn said.
"They are spending $20,000 of money from the university so that they can have over 30 events, including seminars on 'getting laid,' 'sex positivity,' 'queer as a verb,' and many other things that I don't want to mention on streaming video. and there will be a campus-wide a scavenger hunt for a golden condom. In addition, the university will be hosting 'noted lesbian bondage expert and erotica author Sinclair Sexsmith, who is an expert on sexuality and leather,' Ms. Sexsmith is expected to show college students 'how to turn up the heat on our sex drive.'"
"The group that is sponsoring this said that university officials have been 'overwhelmingly supportive of sex week, which includes a sex talent show, and drag show. We went to our administrators and they approved it immediately,'" quoted the former House Republican Leader. Dunn concluded his remarks by quoting a Tennessee graduate who said "my blood runs deep orange and its boiling." Dunn used the planned events at the University of Tennessee to illustrate why the General Assembly needed to deal with the issue of religious freedom on Tennessee campuses, with students of faith being forced to fund morally objectionable activities while potentially being forced to accept members or leaders into their on groups who are opposed to their religious beliefs.
In later remarks, Rep. Susan Lynn (R-Mount Juliet) called the exercises in public deviancy at the University of Tennessee planned for April 7th-12th "an insult to the good people of my district, many of whom pay a lot of taxes to support the University of Tennessee," stated Lynn, "many of the people in my district didn't have the good fortune to go to college."