Christian Right: Anti-bullying bills, policies are pro-gay ruse

Congress is due to consider an anti-bullying bill for schools. One outspoken Christian activist calls the measure “a ruse” perpetrated by homosexual groups.

The Safe Schools Improvement Act (H.R. 2262), introduced in early May by Representative Linda Sánchez (D-California) and endorsed by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), would require special treatment on the basis of a student’s actual or perceived “sexual orientation” or “gender identity.” According to GLSEN, bullying is a “serious public health crisis” — and passage of H.R. 2262 would lay a “foundation of support” for future, similar policies.

Matt Barber, director of cultural affairs for Liberty Counsel, offers a blunt comment on the Safe Schools Improvement Act. “This is a ruse orchestrated by adult homosexual pressure groups intended as a foot in the door for their radical, anti-moral values agenda,” he states. Full story.

Putting an end to anti-gay bullying
The suicides of 11-year-olds Jaheem Herrera and Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover in April have refocused many people’s attention on the problem of anti-gay bullying. Both boys committed suicide after enduring anti-gay bullying at school.

Two-thirds of students report being bullied, according to Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) data from 2005, yet some groups of students are disproportionately targeted for harassment. Nearly 90 percent of LGBT students polled in a GLSEN study reported being verbally harassed in school, while less than a fifth reported that teachers intervened on the student’s behalf upon overhearing derogatory remarks. Full story.

Study: Almost all LGBT youth are harassed

Greg Laden’s Blog
… In Illinois, at least. And probably lots of other places.

The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) released a report Wednesday showing that LGBT students in Illinois face an alarming level of harassment, both physical and verbal, at school.

Inside Illinois Schools: The Experiences of LGBT Students surveyed 206 Illinois students about the level of harassment they receive in school, how much they skip school for being harassed, and how their grades are affected by this harassment. Full story.

Fed watch: Proposed bill to fund anti-bullying

By: Lisa Baiocchi-Mooney
Children and the Law Blog
A recent proposal to amend the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (HR 1589) would authorize funds to be used for gang prevention and to address the increasingly prevalent issue of bullying. The proposed amendment, by Rep. Linda Sanchez of California, specifically focuses on the negative impact that bullying has on children on school campuses.

This seems especially relevant considering the recent headlines regarding young school children taking their owns lives as a result of bullying.
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