Christianity Thomas on 04 Nov 2011 12:32 am
It is a well known fact that people, especially in middle and high school, can bully gays so much that recipients of the bullying commit suicide. This article describes one such case:
Jamey Rodemeyer sent out many signals on social networking sites that he was struggling with his sexuality, and although he encouraged others on YouTube to fight off the bullies, things didn’t get better.
The Buffalo, N.Y., boy, 14, killed himself this weekend after posting an online farewell.
A student at Williamsville North High School, Jamey had been tormented for the past 12 months by cyberbullies who made disparaging comments with gay references on his Formspring account, a website that allows anonymous posts.
“JAMIE IS STUPID, GAY, FAT ANND [sic] UGLY. HE MUST DIE!” one post said, according to local reports. Another read, “I wouldn’t care if you died. No one would. So just do it :) It would make everyone WAY more happier!”
Who would write things like that? Christians for one. Their track record in the gay-bashing arena is long and storied. And now, in Michigan, Christians have a new law that protects them so they can keep up the bullying.
the Michigan legislature is doing its best to make me hang my head in shame. On Wednesday, the Republican-controlled state senate passed an anti-bullying bill that manages to protect school bullies instead of those they victimize. It accomplishes this impressive feat by allowing students, teachers, and other school employees to claim that “a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction” justifies their harassment.
Michigan is already one of only three states in the country that have not enacted any form of anti-bullying legislation. For more than a decade, Democrats in the state legislature have fought their Republican colleagues and social conservatives such as Gary Glenn, president of the American Family Association of Michigan, who referred to anti-bullying measures as “a Trojan horse for the homosexual agenda.” In that time, at least ten Michigan students who were victims of bullying have killed themselves.
This year, Republicans only agreed to consider an anti-bullying measure that did not require school districts to report bullying incidents, did not include any provisions for enforcement or teacher training, and did not hold administrators accountable if they fail to act. And they fought back Democratic attempts to enumerate particular types of students who are prone to being bullied, such as religious and racial minorities, and gay students. But it was the addition of special protections for religiously-motivated bullying that led all 11 Democratic senators to vote against the legislation they had long championed.
In an emotional speech on the Senate floor, Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer accused her colleagues of creating a blueprint for consequence-free bullying. “As passed today,” said Whitmer, “bullying kids is okay if a student, parent, teacher or school employee can come up with a moral or religious reason for doing it.”
The bill is called “Matt’s Safe School Law,” after Matt Epling, a Michigan student who committed suicide in 2002 after enduring prolonged bullying. Matt’s father, Kevin Epling, expressed his dismay in a Facebook post after the state senate vote on Wednesday. “I am ashamed that this could be Michigan’s bill on anti-bullying,” wrote Epling. “For years the line [from Republicans] has been ‘no protected classes,’ and the first thing they throw in…was a very protected class, and limited them from repercussions of their own actions.”
This video talks about how ridiculous “Matt’s Safe School Law” is:
There are no words to describe how disgusting and hypocritical Christians can be. First they have a leader, Jesus, who specifically tells them to love one another. Christians completely ignore Jesus’s central message and decide instead that their “God” hates homosexuals. Then Christians use their hatred to bully homosexuals, to deny homosexuals rights like the right to marry, etc. And in the case of Michigan, Christians pass laws that are specifically designed to kill homosexuals through extreme bullying that leads to suicide.
How can any group of people who claim to be moral and ethical be so transparently disgusting in their behavior? This is not some little fringe group of radical Christians behaving this way – these are elected public officials in prominent state offices acting in concert to kill people. All because they do not listen to their religious leader’s message of love but instead create their own brand of bigotry and hatred and then spread it nation-wide. Disgusting.
See also this post: Are Christians killing gay kids? Yes, absolutely.
Are you a Christian? Why? How can your conscience tolerate the bigotry and hatred of the Christian faith? If you would like to break free of your religion and become a far more ethical human being, these sites can help: