Christian Action League supports bullying of gays

When I was in elementary school, I was bullied by a giant idiot named Clay. Clay had failed a few times, and as such, he was significantly bigger than everyone else in the same grade (he was roughly twice as big as I was). His obvious stupidity and lack of brain power made him detest anyone who appeared intelligent or interested in school. His favorite tactic was to hold kids upside down and shake them until their money fell out of their pockets, which he would invariably steal.

In some schools, bullying is so bad that the law needs to get involved to protect students trying to learn. This is especially true for homosexuals, who are routinely tortured and tormented in schools due to their sexual orientation. In North America, they are attempting to amend existing anti-bullying laws to include protection for gays and lesbians.

That’s something the Christian Action League is attempting to fight. That’s right; the group opposes laws that would protect kids of a different sexual orientation from being bullied. They claim these types of protection only encourages children to express their sexual identity, and eventually, their precious marriages will be threatened.

This is your typical bigoted bullshit being masked as some kind of crusade to ‘save’ marriage. It’s just another way of saying they don’t mind a world where homosexuals are flogged, ridiculed or demeaned. As far as they are concerned, these kids don’t deserve the same protection as everyone else.

Now I know there are a few people out there who wonder why the atheist movement so strongly supports gay rights. This is part of the reason right here: so long as religions continue to treat other human beings as inferior simply because of their hate and bigotry, atheists opposed to these types of institutions will defend the rights of homosexuals. Our goal is to expose the racism, intolerance and hatred of groups like the Christian Action League and their ilk.

Comments (14)

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    CybrgnX

    As one of those picked on nerds I found there is only one way to get bullies to stop…beat the shit out of them. I beat one up with a chain, another I staded, and the 3rd I held in a head lock until he turned blue and passed out. Its amazing how quickly they stop picking on you when you find out your psychotic!! The cops?? hell they were useless, I went to catholic school with NUNs, they never stopped the bullies.
    My kids never had a problem with it because they appeared on local TV beating the shit out of an adult using Judo and karate, so most of the kids were afraid of them. My daughter later told me it was a slight disadvantage because the boys were too scared to ask her out to the dances.
    It is a bad thing that you have to learn to beat the shit out of someone just to be left alone in school. But looking back on it I can see something else too…The bullies were ALWAYS the christian kids, I never met an athiest bully or a jewish one or a gay one. Strange how those high bible morals help make you nice.

  • avatar

    LB

    I really would like to find a way to do an end-run around this “marrige is the foundation of the universe” argument. I mean it’s patently obvious it’s a easy cover for hate but the fundies seem to use it as a defense for everything.

  • avatar

    Louis

    @CybrgnX
    I don’t think beating up Christians is the best approach, if that’s what you were getting at.

    Bullies have pathological problems themselves that makes them enjoy hurting others, I don’t think beating them up will correct those problems.

    Laws like these are good and bad. They’re good because no one should be subjected to any cruelty in an environment where they *should* feel safe. But they’re also bad because they single out a minority group, which may not want the attention garnered from such a law. The laws that protect bullying should be broad enough to encompass all (cogent) issues.

  • avatar

    Heidi

    Louis, you really think people would rather be beat up than have someone point out that their minority group has rights? That seems bizarre to me.

    But I do agree that bullying for any reason should be covered under anti-bullying laws. Bullying is unacceptable, period.

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    Kyle

    Agreed, Heidi. An “eye for an eye” is what’s getting us into trouble in the first place. Anti-bullying laws will work if the parents of these bullies are taken to task as well as the child. Maybe parents will think twice about teaching their kids to hate if the parents will have to pay stiff penalties for how their kids mis-behave in school.

    I know, having just this afternoon been verbally assaulted by a parent because of my gender expression at a grocery store, right in front of her kids. The teaching of hatred begins at home. It’s all the worse if the family’s religion condones violence. You have much larger issues then.

  • avatar

    Jeffrey

    http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2009%20%20&BillID=s526

    Looks like it passed so far.

    I agree with Kyle and Heidi.
    I think the solution isn’t so much ‘Bully Christians’ as ‘Don’t let some misguided sense of holy respect keep you from calling people on their shit.

  • avatar

    Jessica

    One problem with the serious bullies is that their parents either don’t believe their child is a prick or they don’t care. It doesn’t matter how often the school intervenes with some of them, the parents will insist it couldn’t be their darling child. My cousin was a horrible kid. His teachers hated him, he used to be really nasty to me and he got in a lot of trouble. But his mum always insisted he was ‘just there’ at the time or ‘the teachers were out to get him’. If the parents agree that the ‘faggot had it coming to him’ it’s bound to be even worse. That’s why anti-bullying laws are so important. We need a way to show parents we mean business. Condoning the bullying of gays because it will discourage them from expressing their sexual identity and “protect marriage” is wrong on so many levels.

  • avatar

    CybrgnX

    Antibully Laws like all laws are worthless to PREVENT the action. Another example. At the local school one student was bullying another and basically choking him to “blue” with no sign of stopping. They adults had to stop it but how??? They tried to pull them apart-and don’t even think of hitting, striking, or leaving a mark on the shit-head because that would get you SUED big time. Mean while one kid is dying, the adults are frightened to stop it or do nothing, the POLICE are 15 to 30min away…..so much for Anti-bully laws or effective adults.
    So what do you do???? OK I admit the adults are scared and incompetent.
    One aid (me wife) touched the bully who promptly released the victim and dropped to his screaming in pain (she knows the Vulcan pain touch-no I will not explain). When she released the bully, what was the first thing he said? “I’m telling my Dad an officer with the Air Force and we will sue your ass!!!!” Yes he was a nice kid.
    The laws are useless, it takes skilled trained people to monitor the little shits to just keep it under reasonable control…..How much are you willing to pay to get this in your schools????
    As mentioned above I only had useless nuns, no one skilled at controlling the situation. So I defended my self, Do bullys have deep psychotic problems??? Did not care then nor now. We all have problems, I and you deal with those and we don’t go beating people.
    This is a BAD problem with no easy solution, so if you are gay, smart, the wrong religion, color, whatever YOU WILL BE A TARGET in schools. Know the best defense??? when this is seen all the other students stand at your side in support of the bully. Wonderful thing! Ha!Fantasy land!!! At best you defend yourself, usually its only a beating, at worse????

  • avatar

    CybrgnX

    Hi Sorry the next to last line ‘Know the best defense??? when this is seen all the other students stand at your side in support of the bully.’
    should be
    ‘Know the best defense??? when this is seen all the other students stand at your side in support AGAINST the bully.

  • avatar

    Mark Zamen

    A very good essay; accurate, thoughtful, and well written. The fact that there is opposition to protective legislation is but another reminder that a large segment of society still regards gay men and women (among various minorities) as second-class citizens – or worse. That is the salient point of my recently released biographical novel, Broken Saint. It is based on my forty-year friendship with a gay man, and chronicles his internal and external struggles as he battles for acceptance (of himself and by others, including fellow Mormons). More information on the book is available at http://www.eloquentbooks.com/BrokenSaint.html.

    Mark Zamen, author

  • avatar

    Alex

    The sad thing is that the standard mantra is that if you ignore them, they’ll go away, and that’s just bullshit, pure and simple.

    Ignoring a problem does not make it go away, and bullying is not a “rite of passage” that every child must endure.

  • avatar

    Mimi

    Wow, are these idiots serious?

    How much more un-Christlike can the so-called “Christian League” get?

    That’s exactly why I despise religion. The endless hypocrisy.

  • avatar

    Chase

    Not to rain on your naive little parade, CybrgnX, but the dude is right. Being the sell-out hick-bags alotta kids at schools are, they’ll take the bullies side in order to not get fucked up… And he’s dead-on when he says all those goddamned laws that “protect minor’s” or whatever can end up killing as many kids as it helps. Christians are so hypocritic… concerning the actual blog and not the comment-debate, They’re just telling the bullies it’s ok to fuck up these kids’ lives, even encouraging it. I’m typing this all via a wii, so sorry about any typos and/or sentences that make no sense.

  • avatar

    Chase

    shit, ok, i gotta correct some stuff, like i said i was on a Wii, so i misread some things… cybrgnx, not so naive, but you were right the first time when you said they’d take the bullies side, even though it was just bad wording. anyway, you cant rely on adults to get the job done, i agree.

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