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Breaking News - Stop Bullying

by Beit T'shuvah

October 16, 2012 | 11:34 am

This morning, Harriet Rossetto, my wife and partner, was reading an article from the New York Times about the Southern Poverty Law Center's "Mix It Up At Lunch Day" designed to break up cliques and prevent bullying. The American Family Association, described as a conservative evangelical group, has called the project a "nationwide push to promote the homosexual lifestyle in public schools" and is urging parents to keep their children home from school on October 30, the day most schools plan to participate. What is going on? When I was in school, people were bullied for their lunch money, because they were nerds, etc. I am sure the same is true today. Jocks pushed the non-jocks around, I was made fun of because I was fat. There are so many reasons for bullying, the American Family Association has gone too far, in my opinion.

I am a person of faith. I am a person who works hard to respect the dignity of each person. According to the Bible, we are all created in the Image of God. Bullying another person because they are different goes against every Religious and Spiritual Teaching of every faith! Every person of faith and non-faith who respects the inherent dignity, the Declaration of Independence and the founding principles of this nation must stand against this attack by the American Family Association. Edmund Burke said it best :" Evil flourishes when good people(sic) do nothing! I am asking everyone to stand against this Evil of bullying and the American Family Association.

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