Anit-Bullying Bill HB1366 (NC) Dies: A Quiet, Disturbing Death
Buried in the back pages of the revised "Triangle and Co." Section B of the Raleigh News and Observer newspaper this morning was the news of the Anti-Bullying Bill, HB1366. It died! Gone for the rest of this legislative session. After being on page one, above the fold, front and first section on Wed., it died...and the news was buried in the pages of the paper.
And who killed it? Bullies! The so-called "social conservatives" and "religious right" in the State called and canvased legislators and killed it. Why? Because it listed gay teens are targets of being bullied. Simple as that.
Bullies killed an anti-bullying bill.
Politics matters, and sitting on the side-lines doesn't help.
Chapel Hill and Carrboro, North Carolina, United States
I am a dad, who happens to be gay, with two amazing young adult children who have taught me, my partner, and their mom what grace, faith, hope, and love are all about. I am also an ordained clergyperson in the Presbyterian Church (USA), involved in congregational life, sometimes preaching here and there, and an oblate of St. Benedict's Monastery in St. Joseph, MN. I taught at Duke Divinity School at Duke University for over a decade, and I currently teach at North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC. I teach Ethics, World Religions, and English. And I am the Director of a religious non-profit, "School of the Pilgrim" (www.schoolofthepilgrim.com), in which I take people on actual pilgrimages to break out of the religion of rush hour in order to find their inner spiritual path. I am also glad to work with and be an advocate with people living with disabilities in faith communities, who teach me more about life in all its wonders and quirks. Enjoy the blog! And for more information about the book ON BEING A GAY PARENT, go to www.onbeingagayparent.com. Email contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, and phone is 919-444-9111