The Pro-Bullying Law

Bilerico reports:

After a two year hiatus, the US state of Tennessee is once again taking a look at a "Don’t Say Gay" bill, this one with new and improved discriminatory provisions, including requiring teachers and school counsellors to out LGBT students to their parents.

The potential for harm to LGBT students, and students with LGBT parents, is obvious. It’s easy to see how a the child of LGBT parents could even be forbidden from talking about their home life in any way that might require comment from a teacher, such as in a school report or show & tell. I won’t even get started on the compulsory outing provision, as many others in the LGBT media have already taken that on.

So who then does this bill benefit?

The Right would have us believe that this sort of legislation ensures that challenging social issues are addressed by parents rather than educators. It’s the same sort of flawed reasoning that has given us the catastrophic public health failure that is abstinence-only education.

In reality however, this bill only protects one class of people: school bullies. You see, if teachers saying anything "inconsistent with natural human reproduction" is prohibited, it becomes extremely challenging for educators to respond to the abuse of students who are, or are perceived to be LGBT. After all, if saying that there’s nothing wrong with being LGBT could cost a teacher their job, how can they come to the defence of a bullied LGBT kid?

I’ve known Christians who felt that it was their child’s protected religious freedom (and moral duty) to aggressively attempt to "argue" LGBT students out of their sexual orientation or gender identity, regardless of how this impacted the other student. It’s hard to imagine that these sorts of encounters aren’t in the mind of the bill’s creators.  Read on…

  

7 thoughts on “The Pro-Bullying Law”

  1. “You see, if teachers saying anything “inconsistent with natural human reproduction” is prohibited, it becomes extremely challenging for educators to respond to the abuse of students who are, or are perceived to be LGBT. After all, if saying that there’s nothing wrong with being LGBT could cost a teacher their job, how can they come to the defence of a bullied LGBT kid?”

    How the heck do you figure this?

    whatever happened to the teacher saying that abusing or physically harming ANYONE is wrong. If a teacher sees any kid abusing another, they should put a stop to it and ensure the offender is disciplined regardless of why the child was targeted. There’s absolutely no need for the sexuality of either child to come into play, hence nothing to stand in the way of a teacher intervening.

    If the bully wants to try to bring up the alleged sexuality of the kid they were abusing, all the teacher has to say is “I don’t care about that”.

    Honestly, from reading this blog, you’d think the only kids that are ever bullied are the gay ones…

    1. Well, to be fair the writer does set that in a wider context. He talks of being, while very young, bullied by a teacher for ‘my milk religion’ – he is very coy, does he mean Judaism? – and how bad he felt about it.

  2. I’m a politically aware native Tennessean and this law has virtually no chance of passing. It is put forward by a legislator from East Tennessee who is a native of New York and thrives on making a name for himself by acting like God’s rep. It’s an embarrassment in a place where generally nobody gives a damn what you do as long as you leave your neighbor alone.

  3. The christian extremists call their form of bullying “witnessing” – telling LGBT students they are going to burn in hell unless they repent their sinful ways, etc.

    ‘Freedom of Religion’ does not mean ‘Freedom to impose Religion.’

    1. So tell them you’ll see them there and move on with your life.

      It’s not just GLBT people that get told that, I’ve heard that line from those nutjobs because I’m an atheist and a goth WAY more times then because I’m gay.

      Have we really become so weak that we can’t handle a xian whacko telling us we’re going to hell? If that’s all it takes to break high schoolers these days, they’re in for a real world of hurt once they get out into the real world and mommy and daddy aren’t there to protect them.

  4. Bullying is not a reason to support laws other than those that address bullying. We shouldn’t allow children who can’t behave properly to decide how we run a society.

    Teachers and school counselors will not only “out” students to their parents, they will “out” them to police and media for being involved with other victimless sexual minority behavior, such as consensual zoophilia, teleiophilia, or even simply for being a minor who takes a picture of his own body.

    Many, many people in the mainstream media are taking on every conceivable issue related to “gay rights.” That’s very popular. It doesn’t require any courage to support gay rights today in my country. In fact, people are attacked for not supporting even more gay rights. But at the same time, it’s very unpopular to address the other sexual minority issues. The same “tolerant” and “open-minded” people who promote gay rights will attack a person for speaking up for the rights of other sexual minorities, and the same people who promote gay rights are supporting websites that blatantly discriminate against minors. So much for gay youth.

    I don’t believe kids should be unnecessarily “outed” for anything that isn’t harmful; I’m not sure if I support silence on certain issues from schools as they exist today. But I think the crux of the problem is the lack of rights of kids in general, and to oppose this one law is like resisting one small symptom of a disease instead of trying to cure the disease.

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