A new bill to update the 2010 Massachusetts anti-bullying law was passed by 143 to 4 in the state House and is now going on to the Senate. The update will require schools to report every incident, proven or alleged, to the state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and to the attorney general’s office and legislature, and it will distinguish certain classes of students as more vulnerable to bullying, such as homosexual and transgender students. (You can bet that “Christian” and “conservative” students will not be added to that list.)
According to MassResistance, an ultra-conservative and anti-homosexuality group, various gay and lesbian activists are lobbying for the legislation to pass in order to stifle those with opposing views on homosexuality. Now, that’s according to MassResistance, although it sounds accurate to me, given the intolerance toward non-leftist, pro-traditional points of view in schools today, as well as how activists push their gay lifestyle agenda onto school kids, including kindergarteners, and the rest of society.
And it has nothing to do with “tolerance” or “acceptance,” or promoting a gay and lesbian lifestyle but coercing others to embrace it via suppressing politically incorrect views.
Take the ongoing issue of gay activists wanting to march in the St. Patrick’s Day parade, for example. They don’t want to merely march to observe St. Patrick’s Day, but to carry gay banners and wear sex-associated costumes to draw attention to themselves. So here the activism seems to be for more self-centered purposes, like the same-sex couple who would rather sue a photographer or florist for not providing a service to them rather than just finding another photographer or florist for their same-sex wedding. (And this has nothing to do with gays and lesbians being free to live their lives as they wish, or their right to marry as they wish, by the way.)
As far as “bullying” laws go, they now go beyond addressing acts of physical aggression or threats of physical aggression, but they address everyday name-calling and teasing, for which apparently the old concept of “sticks and stones” is not enough. Now anything that is uttered can be perceived as “hurtful,” or “offensive,” and is now called “bullying.”
The anti-bullying “Bill of Rights” law in New Jersey that was signed into law by Chris Christie requires students and teachers to act as snitches, to report even the most innocent remarks made in the school lunch line, etc. Besides the lawsuits that have already been caused by the law, it also makes way for false accusations by malicious or vengeful kids.
The newly updated anti-bullying law in Massachusetts will be a similar thought-control law, in which any student who expresses any opposition to homosexuality, for example, can be accused of “bullying,” even if he is not singling out any specific “victim.” All an alleged victim has to do is say he or she was “offended” by a remark. So really this doesn’t address real bullying — it is mainly an anti-free speech law that will promote intolerance of dissenting and diverse points of view, especially those going against the gay and lesbian agenda.
In an environment of true academic freedom in the schools, students opposed to homosexuality should feel free to express their opinions without fear of intimidation by the political correctness stasi, just as those who believe that traditional marriage is old-fashioned and repressive should be equally tolerated.
But I would go further than that, and include the right to mock and ridicule, not targeting any specific individual with intent on hurting someone’s feelings, but just expressing a sense of humor. For example, Jay Leno should be a role model in his mocking and ridiculing President Obama’s disastrous Affordable Care Act. So if gays and lesbians march in a St. Patrick’s Day parade wearing stupid-looking cross-dressing outfits and sexual paraphernalia, there is no reason why school kids can’t make fun of them and mock them. Those self-centered fools are the “class clowns” of local parades, in my view. But with these fascist censorship laws now, such ridiculing of clowns will be criminalized.
Of course, the answer to the problems of bullying (and anti-bullying fascism) is to get the State out of the education business. Once the State got its grubby paws on the education system, that opened the door to any and every social activist — from the extreme religious fanatics to the extreme sex-pushers — to infiltrate their various agendas into the schools, so that there is now virtually no more learning of math and reading.
Finally, one more thing about real bullying against homosexuals that includes violence: the Matthew Shepard case. Had he and similar victims or potential victims been armed, he could have been able to save himself from being killed by those two gay-hating thugs. In the case of real bullying, that is, actual physical aggression or the threat of it, the targeted individual need only brandish a gun and the neanderthal bullies will run away like the cowards that actual bullies are. A good reason why the LGBT groups should join the gun rights advocates.
(Cross-posted on my blog.)12:03 pm on March 13, 2014 Email Scott Lazarowitz