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Friday, September 30, 2016

Is anti-gay bullying protected under freedom of religion? According to lawmakers in Michigan, it is. The Republican-controlled state Senate passed an “anti-bullying” bill Wednesday that would allow students, teachers, and other school employees to claim they are justified in harassing others because of “a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction.”

The bill, which awaits approval in the GOP-dominated Michigan House of Representatives, is called “Matt’s Safe School Law” in honor of a bullied student who committed suicide, but the exemption in the text of the bill would actually do more to protect bullies than their victims. The ramifications for LGBT students are particularly frightening, since now the cruelty of those who bully them will be excused under the guise of religious beliefs that homosexuality is wrong.

  • bmkmd

    A wonderful example of family values. Not.
    The only hope is through the ballet box, which is a hard, grassroots project. Younger people are far more liberal about gay rights than older people, and the laws will change over time to reflect that. The trick is to get those younger people to the polls.

  • craigsheely

    It’s about time somebody sits these right wing religious extremists down and remind them in no uncertain terms that we live in a democracy, not a theocracy and they have no business forcing their dubious moral values on the rest of us. I’m not a constitutional lawyer, but this seems unnconstitutional and if passed should be challenged in the Supreme Court. This is a slap in the face to our Founding Fathers.

  • Racy

    I’m so damn tired of hearing about how the GOP is the party of the moral, strong family values, etc. They are just the opposite, with their intolerance, being so judgemental of people who may not share their religious beliefs, and wanting limited Government control of their lives, yet actually wanting more laws to help enforce their reigious views. They boo an American Servoicemen, on national television, at one of their comical debates, because he is gay. Not one Republican candidate came to his defense. They pick and choose parts of the Constitution that supports their views, but ignore others, i.e: Everyone is created equal, the need for Seperation of Church and State, the Government’s role in providing for the welfare of it’s people, etc. Now, they make it legal to harrass and potentially physically abuse a person that is gay. The hypocrocy makes me sick! Herman Cain’s supporters still cheer him, despite evidence of sexual harrassment, but demanded that Mr. Weiner be removed from office. It is only a matter of time that a gay person is seriously injured or even killed, with the blessing of the Government. These are very evil people, and I can only hope that the everyday, working Americans, who could care less about what somebody does in the privacy of their bedrooms, and want our Government to focus on more equality in distributing the wealth, in this country, and providing the opportunity for anyone wanting a job, to be able to obtain one, and not just at McDonalds. Jesus would definitelty be a Democrat, if he were here today.