Sunday, December 18, 2011

Bullying, Intimidation, and Hypocrisy

Wouldn’t it be ironic if the anti-bullying campaign resulted in more bullying:

• A Catholic student in Michigan is suing a teacher who reportedly punished him for stating his religious belief against the gay lifestyle when that teacher asked him his opinion on the issue. The Thomas More Law Center (TMLC) announced in a press release Thursday that they had filed a lawsuit on behalf of Daniel Glowacki, a junior at Howell High School at the time of the incident, against the school and his economics teacher Johnson McDowell.

• According to TMLC, which is representing the student in court, Glowacki was specifically asked by McDowell about his feelings on homosexuals; he responded that as a Catholic he was offended by the gay and lesbian lifestyle. Because of his answer, Daniel was ordered to leave the classroom under threat of suspension.

• “This case points out the outrageous way in which homosexual activists have turned our public schools into indoctrination centers, and are seeking to eradicate all religious and moral opposition to their agenda,” said Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of TMLC, in the release.

• “It defies common sense for schools to ban all sorts of unhealthy foods while at the same time promoting the homosexual lifestyle, which hard statistics show increases drug abuse, suicides and reduces the life expectancies by several years. Schools that promote such lifestyles are engaging in a form of child abuse.”

While it is praiseworthy that schools should not tolerate any bullying, it seems that many have simply used this campaign to purposely bully a different group of students. It would be another matter entirely if Catholic or Christian teaching advocated bullying. However, we find the exact opposite in the Bible – “Love your enemies!” It would also be another matter if it had been found that devout Catholics and Christians disproportionately bully gays, but this also hasn’t been found.

Meanwhile, we consistently find that today’s secular religion discriminates against other religions, even to the point of prejudicially characterizing them. Just recently, Hillary Clinton compared those (Christians) who raise religious objections to SSM to those who try to justify honor killings.

This is not to say that religions shouldn’t be above criticism. There are times that religions should be held to account, but we all have our religious/philosophical worldviews. (No one should be exempt from scrutiny merely because their belief system doesn’t fall under the category of “traditional religion.”) For example, it is hypocritical for schools to cite Christians as “bullies,” when the real bullies fall under the radar and are given a free pass. It’s not fair to allow gay advocates to bully Christians and then to penalize the Christians with charges of “hate speech” and “bullying” when they attempt to express their views.

Meanwhile, if the schools and our secular authorities are really interested in curbing bullying and hate speech, they might look at the sayings of Mohammad:

• Muhammad said that “the hour will not come until Muslims fight and kill the Jews and the Jews will hide behind trees and rocks, and these trees and rocks will cry out saying, ‘O Muslim, slave of Allah, this Jew is hiding behind me, come and kill him.’” (Hadith no 5203; Reported by Muslim)

Because of these negative characterizations, Jews have fled Muslim countries en masse and are now suffering from escalating Islamic persecution as Muslim populations grow in Western nations. However, our secular authorities seem to be unconcerned about this as they – lacking any higher, objective moral principles and governed only by pragmatic concerns – are being pushed by circumstances or the loudest and pushiest interest group.

Meanwhile, according to the Voice of the Martyrs, 160,000 Christians are being exterminated a year, mostly in Islamic countries, but no Western nations are protesting in any meaningful way.

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