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And How Would You Deal With It, Focus On The Family?

I’m a little confused. Focus on the Family is complaining about upcoming  attempts to address anti-gay bullying in Alabama schools, which in itself isn’t surprising. What is a bit off-putting is that they don’t seem to have come up with any sort of alternative plan of action.

Alabama schools are now required to write stricter anti-bullying policies, thanks to language in a bill that opens the door to the gay agenda.

The new law is problematic because it puts the focus on the motivations and “characteristics” of victims, rather than on the wrong actions of the bullies.

Betty Peters, a member of the Alabama education board, said the bill would allow gay activists to work their language and curriculum into schools.

“We need to punish all bullies,” she said, “regardless of their motivation.”

Ah, okay – it’s a fairness issue. I can get on board with the idea that all bullies should be punished equally, but that’s missing the point. Suspending kids for harassing gay students is not going to make the problem magically go away. This is a specific issue, an outgrowth from the general problem of bullying, and a specific response is needed to address it. Should we treat racist bullying as if it was the same as the general background noise of cruelty to be found in any high school? What about bullying that targets kids with disabilities? FOF isn’t denying that there’s a problem here, but they are denying that it needs to be solved. The current ‘solution’, if you could call it that, is clearly not working, or else this wouldn’t be an issue in the first place.Why are they so adamantly against schools even talking about homosexuality?

Oh wait, I forgot to quote the end of the article:

Parents should watch out for attempts to mandate special protections for “gender identity” and “sexual orientation”— which can pave the way for pro-gay curriculum and mandatory “diversity” training.

And they sign off with the scare tactics routine.

These people need to make their position more clear. Do they think that gay students should be free from harassment and bullying? Do they think that gay students should be free from social stigma? I sure as hell hope so, but they need to be a lot clearer than this about it.

Categories: Gay Rights
  1. September 30, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    I’m not normally in accordance with FOTF, but I think they have the right of it on this issue. There’s a movement to grant gays and trannies special protections and that is wrong, just as all the previous protected minorities laws were wrong.

    In this case the problem is bullying – though we’d have to actually define what that is – not bullying gays. If a behavior set is wrong and merits punishment then it it so and does so regardless of the sexual proclivities of the victim.

    As for their sign-off. That’s true as well, though they grossly overstate its rate of occurrence.

    • October 1, 2009 at 8:35 am

      I don’t think anybody is disagreeing with that, though. Nobody is saying that bullying gay students is wrong while bullying other (‘normal’) people is perfectly fine. The problem is that groups life Focus on the Family have shot down every singly attempt at rectifying the problem so far. ‘Get rid of bullying’ has been a goal of every educational facility in the country for decades, yet it’s as widespread as ever.

      I mean, how would you deal with the problem of racism in schools? How would you deal with the problem of homophobia? Are you really saying that the best solution is to pretend that these aren’t distinct issues?

      • October 1, 2009 at 10:43 am

        Insofar as what a school can do, they aren’t distinct issues. Schools can’t – and really shouldn’t – try to quell homophobia and/or racism. They should however set boundaries for the actions resulting from these feelings.

        Sadly, they don’t seem try to do that. Instead they focus on bad behavior targeting certain groups. This is in this case what FOF is complaining about.

        A Jock bullying the Emos is just as bad as a Jock bullying the gays, yet all the publicized programs – day of silence, etc… – are focused on the bullying of the gays.

        I think you can see where this sets up the climate wherein gay students are treated a special case and a protected class.

        • October 1, 2009 at 1:33 pm

          No, I don’t. When I was in school (at all levels) I was taught, in no uncertain terms, that we should respect each other differences – and yes, that included a picture of a stereotypical ‘jock’ standing next to a stereotypical nerd, along with sterotypical overweight kids, stereotypical kids with disabilities, and sterotypical kids from various different ethnic backgrounds. The only group that was notably without a representative were the gay kids. That’s an awful lot of ‘protected classes’, isn’t it? Presumably my school should have just said ‘Don’t bully!’ without showing us whot hat bullying is most frequently targeted at.

          The programs you’re talking about, including the Day of Silence (which, as far as I’m aware, is not run by actual schools) are not about proscribing special punishments for bullies who target children who are (or appear to be) gay – instead they’re about raising awareness of the bullying issue and trying to undermine some of the misconceptions that might be at the root of the problem. The Day of Silence in particular is a protest. It does not turn gay students into some sort of ‘special case’.

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