Tennessee State Sen. Stacey Campfield personally replied to an email from a constituent this week ... and told that person to seek therapy or go on meds.
Campfield, a Republican, reintroduced the "Classroom Protection Act," also known as the "Don't Say Gay" bill, to the General Assembly this week.
The bill forbids teachers from discussing anything gay-related from kindergarten through 8th grade, even banning the word "gay" itself from discussion.
The legislation also has a provision requiring teachers to out potentially gay students to their parents. Suffice it to say, this controversial bill has ben polarizing.
One concerned Tennessean emailed him the following:
"I am appalled at your thought of [the bill] and how it will protect children. I [used] to be proud to call Tennessee my home but after this I am not so sure."
"I encourage you to change your mind or you will make a bunch of people very upset. Imagine, if you have kids and one was gay, how this bill would affect them and you."
"Your mind set is pathetic as well as this bill."
To the citizen's surprise, he got an email back a short time later, and not a mere form letter. It was from the Senator Stacey Campfield himself saying:
You seem to have some serious, deep anger issues. Have you ever thought about therapy? I hear they are doing some wonderful things with medications these days.
Yours in service,
Sen. Stacey Campfield
Sent from my iPad
Campfield later confirmed he sent the email and explained that he just doesn't have patience for people who write aggressive letters toward him.
"When somebody gets into insulting or cussing or something along those lines, it breaks down communication and is not respectful," the Senator told TMZ.
"I’m not here to be their pinata."
Campfield says he's willing to give the concerned citizen another shot at an open dialogue about the bill if the citizen promises to control his "anger issues."
Was the email really that angry, though? Or is he equating "anger issues" with "any opinion that differs from mine"? You tell us in the comments below!