It seems that way too many are obsessed with only looking at the result, rather than attempting to look for viable solutions that go beyond personal bias and dislikes. I mean take the whole issue of Bullying that is rampant in many schools today. It seems to me that perhaps we need to examine why such behaviour exists, and even how we can find ways to end such tactics.
Perhaps if we did more of that, then less schools might get shot up by frustrated ‘over the edge kids’ which frankly, seems to be on an increase. I mean we had the school hostages and deaths not more than a week ago, and now a school principle as well. Were is all this going to end? Another Columbine?
Right now adding gays to the protected list in a Iowa Anti Bully bill has been stalled for three years because well, it includes gays in that protected list.
But the bill is tied up in the House where full story )for three years have refused to consider the measure because its includes gays in a list of categories to be protected from harassment. (
Yet if you look at the recent killing of a School Principle, you have to wonder how any sane politicians can afford to let their personal bias and bigotry stop them from ending needless harassment. I mean seriously, if proper courses and training were made mandatory, would this Principle be dead today? I mean it kind of shows you, eventually some will find a violent way to react when they are simply pushed too far.
I don’t condone this 15 year old’s actions, but then maybe the Iowa Republicans and their counter parts elsewhere in the USA should take a closer look at how their hatred, their bigotry towards Gays has led to these type of situations. Look at the Gay Bashings that have been in the news these days and ask yourself, is this because people hate or because they feel it is okay to attack a minority when their political leaders do it daily, without repercussions?
According to court papers filed late Friday by the prosecutor in Sauk County Circuit Court Hainstock told police after he was taken into custody that students regularly bullied him – calling him “fag” and “faggot” and rubbed up against him. (full story)
Many who are abused aren’t necessarily abused physically, but mentally. I don’t know which is worse but both are scourges and yet it seems that way too many are willing to excuse bullying because well, its not a visible problem nor do many consider name calling all that bad. I wonder if the slain Principle would agree today about that?
You know, what you say and how you say it are important. It does have an effect. Hell when I have raised my voice at my dog, you can see how she knows it, how she looks and it rips my heart apart to know she is unhappy. Are humans any less sensitive than our four legged friends? It isn’t easy to always keep your mouth shut or to think before we speak, but damn it, when something like constant attacks occur, surely our Teachers and Educators must step in. How can they not?
Frankly I think all of this increase is a direct result of the so called Religious Movement that has happened over the last two decades or so. I firmly believe that in essence those claiming a higher calling to GOD’s words are faking it. Oh they may believe they are better Children of God, but are they when they allow their bias against gays to sway them from doing what is right?
Makes you wonder just what is GOD thinking about all this bigotry and bullying that goes on?
Bullying is not something we should ignore. Too many are now dead because we have ignored it, and perhaps this is just one more example of Man’s Intolerance to Man, simply because they are afraid of us. Why I haven’t a clue really but it does make you wonder at times. I see Stephen Harper with his vehemence or George Bush and his, and I wonder, what the hell did Gays ever do to them? What is it that makes them hate us Gays so much?
You have to wonder, where they perhaps victims of bullying when they were young?
Did they, like so many kids today, get called names?
Three-quarters of students surveyed across America said that over the past year they heard derogatory remarks such as “faggot” or “dyke” frequently or often at school, and nearly nine out of ten reported hearing “that’s so gay” or “you’re so gay” – meaning stupid or worthless – frequently or often. ( full article )
Is the legacy that politicians like Stephen Harper and George Bush wish to leave behind? A legacy of hatred and scorn or worse?
Is this what Harper and Bush mean by returning to old fashioned Family Values?
Is this truly what Harper, Bush, and The Pope refer to as Being Good Christians?