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.