November – Week 2 Summary

12 Nov

Michigan GOP Gives Anti-Bullying Bill A Loophole
In 2002, 14-year old Matt Eppling committed suicide after being at the receiving end of some rather severe bullying. To aid in combating this, Michigan lawmakers drafted a law that would effectively prohibit bullying. Sadly, the Republican majority Senate felt it necessary to add a clause that would essentially allow bullying when it was fueled by “moral convictions.” The clause states that the bill, “does not prohibit a statement of a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction of a school employee, school volunteer, pupil or a pupil’s parent or guardian.” The few Democrats in the Senate attempted to add specific categories where bullying would not be allowed, race, gender, sexual preference, but these suggestions were turned down. So this turned from a law to help protect students from harassment to, if you want to bully your fellow students, make sure you have a plausible case for “moral convictions.” While I can’t say for certain, I can make a fairly educated guess as to why this loophole was added, homosexuality. Christian conservatives want to be able to spew their venom at homosexuals without the risk of legal action.

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Posted by on November 12, 2011 in Weekly Summary


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