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Monday, April 30, 2012

BULLY FOR YOU

"We can learn to ignore the bulls$%t in the Bible and what it says about gay people."

Hypocrites
A lot of folks on the internet are writing about the anti-bullying guy who spoke at the National High School Journalism Conference, giving the man a lot of name-level publicity and notice but its worth noting because of how he spoke and why. Allegedly this man from the It Gets Better foundation was supposed to give a talk on bullying, but instead he ended up being a bully himself and attacked people who dared disagree with him.

His attack was primarily based on a typical leftist misconception of Christianity and the Bible, acting as if the only possible opposition to homosexual activity Christians might have is based on the book of Leviticus. This isn't just ignorant of Christianity, its ignorant of the Bible. Its like standing up and mocking fans of the Lord of the Rings for being gay because Tom Bombadil was a fay, dancing fruit. Well yeah, that one character, at that one time, but that doesn't mean the rest of the entire series is that way.

Without going into too much theological depth, suffice it to say that homosexual activity is in no uncertain terms condemned as sinful in the New Testament. For more thoughts on the Old Testament laws and how they are seen today you can read my bit on Religion and the State.

But the key to this isn't so much that he got the Bible so hilariously wrong or mocked Christianity, its that in the process of trying to tell kids about bullying, he did exactly what he said should not be done. He was trying to tell everyone that being different (homosexual) is perfectly fine and nobody should bully anyone for that, and in the process savagely attacked people for being different, and mocked them out loud in front of a jeering audience of teenagers "It’s funny as someone who is on the receiving end of beatings that are justified by the Bible how pansy-assed people react when you push back."

In other words: I was bullied for being queer, and now you get yours. In the middle of an alleged anti-bullying speech. Apparently to him, bullying is bad... unless your target is Christians. But it goes even further.

His speech didn't so much say "don't pick on, antagonize, and beat up people." He was commanding people to think differently, to believe differently about homosexuality. Bullying is behaving badly, being brutal and thuggish toward someone. Ending this behavior is not enough for this speaker, he was telling everyone to abandon their faith and reject the Bible. To "get over" their beliefs, in a sarcastic, bitter tone. He redefines bullying down to a thought crime, for daring to think differently. You can think and believe anything you want... except in ways that make me unhappy. Then you are stupid and have to change.

To me it seems like this was just another gay guy who felt guilty and low about himself, blamed others for it, was told his actions were sinful and hated people for bringing it up, and finally got a stage to lash out at the people who made him feel bad, in his mind at least.

So to sum up, he was ignorant, bitter, hypocritical, and tyrannical. And this guy has a career talking about bullying and teaching kids? By the way, he's President Obama's "Anti-bullying Czar." Just something to keep in mind.

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