Anti-Bullying is the New Bullying

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


South Park, as often, was actually ahead of its time with its sendup of anti-bullying hysteria in the curriculum. But anti-bullying is really a Trojan Horse for moving leftist social issues deeper into the classroom. The constant parade of weepy students discussing how they were bullied is really a vehicle for attacking and outlawing religious values.

In Canada, Laurel Broten, Ontario’s Minister of Education announced that Catholic schools could not teach that abortion was wrong under anti-bullying doctrines.

We do not allow and we’re very clear with the passage of Bill 13 that Catholic teachings cannot be taught in our schools that violates human rights and which brings a lack of acceptance to participation in schools…

Bill 13 has in it a clear indication of ensuring that our schools are safe, accepting places for all our students. That includes of LGBTQ students. That includes young girls in our school. Bill 13 is about tackling misogyny, taking away a woman’s right to choose could arguably be one of the most misogynistic actions that one could take

What is Bill 13?

Passed in June, Bill 13 was formulated in response to a series of teen suicides by students who were victims of bullying from their peers. It requires schools to provide “a positive school climate that is inclusive and accepting, regardless of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, family status or disability”. The act specifically mandates that schools – Catholic Separate Schools included – establish “gay-straight alliance” organizations be available where requested

Here’s how it works

1. Talk about the problem of bullying. Pick out a teenage suicide to exploit.

2. Use the manufactured outcry to pass a law whose real purpose is to promote the left’s social agenda

3. Use the law to override any religious values based dissent against that social agenda

Wrap the whole ugly thing in talk of “inclusivity” and “safe spaces” for all students, when in reality the school is excluding most students, endangering others and making it unsafe to be anything but a parrot for the dogma of the left.

Rather than opposition to bullying, the anti-bullying campaign is a collectivist group rights treatment which stacks people based on the victim group that they belong to and assigns them “protections” based on that group. Since young girls are all in need of abortion, then opposing abortion in any way is a violation of the group identity inclusivity doctrine.

Orwell? No, Ontario.

Now back to the good old US of A, where the New York Times and a number of other outlets are loudly ridiculing the American Family Association’s opposition to Mix It Up Day, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, the richest civil rights organization in the country, to, supposedly, break down cliques and social boundaries.

On Mix It Up at Lunch Day, schoolchildren around the country are encouraged to hang out with someone they normally might not speak to.

“I was surprised that they completely lied about what Mix It Up Day is,” said Maureen Costello, the director of the center’s Teaching Tolerance project, which organizes the program. “It was a cynical, fear-mongering tactic.”

Although the suggested activities for Mix It Up at Lunch Day do not expressly address gay and lesbian students, the law center itself promotes equal treatment for gays and lesbians and that philosophy then informs the school program, he said.

But the idea that the program is intended as homosexual indoctrination is simply wrong, Ms. Costello added.

“We’ve become used to the idea of lunatic fringe attacks,” she said, “but this one was complete misrepresentation.”

Since this is the New York Times, it’s understood that everything you just read is one big heaping pack of lies.

The SPLC’s Teaching Tolerance site has extensive guidance for teachers on how to officially teach Tolerance (TM). Under “Mapmaking and Boundaries Crossing for Mix It Up” we come to proposed activities by age level.

The lesson plan for Grades 3-5 is about Racism and Brown v. Board of Education. For Grades 6-12 under Controversial Issues, it’s gay rights. And yes it’s an attack on religion.

Controversial Topic: “You’re so gay!”

“Being gay is a sin.”

Gay people believe they are born gay, that it isn’t a choice. Therefore, it’s not a sin.

So yes, Mix It Up Day, is very much about gay rights. Lying about it is dishonest and also a sin. But it’s not up to secular schools to teach what is or isn’t a sin. And that’s the real issue.

Some forms of religion think that homosexuality is just fine. Others that are biblically minded think it’s a sin. In a free country, both sides get to teach their religion to their children. In an unfree country, one side gets to teach their religion and the other side has its religion banned.

Naturally none of this applies to Muslims. Because when freedom of religion goes away, then the only people who get to teach their religions are those who impose their way by force, whether it’s deceptively through anti-bullying measures or openly through violence.

  • riverboatbill

    The way to take care of a bully is with a right hook.

  • fubar

    the way to take care of bullying is for the kids to fight it out themselves. This resolves the matter because the bully, a coward, gets put in his place and occasionally those at odds end up as friends —

    Now, the cops are called to schools when kids fight, ensuring a permanent black mark on the kid's record, giving him/her/them a label as "criminal", OR the bureaucrats – the principals, teachers and worthless guidance counselors have confrontational groups to "work things out" which end up with the weaker kid generally getting beat up on 2x as much, because everyone thinks he's a whiner for taking it to the adults. AND the kids have no experience working things out in real life, when they get into the real world, becuase they've had "adults" step in and moderate and try and find resolution. This is a win-win situation for progs.
    Self respect would resolve all this. Also, the discontinuation of "state" schooling.

  • tagalog

    I notice that Bill 13 requires tolerance in a host of areas, though it excludes the area of religious belief and expression. I suppose the sponsors of Bill 13 think that the First Amendment is enough for religion.

    I wonder if the focus on bullying can be interpreted as an attempt to begin teaching children at an early age to perceive themselves as victims, so that they can learn at the earliest possible time to be good little piggies at the public trough when their time comes.

  • Moishe Pupick

    Tu., 10/16/12 common era

    This anti[-bullying jihad is simply a manifestation of the radical egalitarianism that the Left is foisting off on the masses. Everyone and everything is equal. "Diversity" is inherently holy and trumps all absolute religious values.

  • Supreme_Galooty

    Bullys need to be confronted – but not necessarily by the bullied. I recall when my son, in the first grade, was being bullied by an eight grader. I confronted the kid after school one day and threatened to tear his arms out of the sockets and feed them to my dogs. Naturally the kid's father was highly agitated. When he appeared on my doorstep, heard the facts of the matter, the bullying stopped abruptly. (I understand there was some subsequent family counseling involved as well.) All to the good.

    The problem here is with liberals – not with bullying. Don't forget that Stalin (35 – 50 million murdered,) Hitler (8 – 10 million murders,) Mao (80 – 100 million murders,) and other assorted like-minded statists, were all liberals. There's not a hair's breadth of difference between these anti-bullying zealots and the aforementioned murderers. All in the name of the Holy Greater Good….

    • Questions

      If you think that Stalin, Hitler, Mao and other State purveyors of mass executions and famine had anything to do with liberalism, you're living on another planet, or at the very least deficient in your political theory. As for playground bullies, few want or covet holding State power when they become adults. They're nasty — many are from deeply religious conservative families (but I digress) — but they don't have it in them to liquidate whole political classes.

      • Supreme_Galooty

        I don't "think" that Stalin, Hitler, Mao, et alia had anything to do with liberalism – I know it to be a fact. It is thoroughly documented and not even controversial. Educate yourself. You are dead wrong.

      • Drakken

        The new liberalism is the old communism under new management. The only nasty sobs are you do gooders and your good intentions.

  • guest

    great article and my thoughts exactly. unfortunately, i must remain anonymous for fear of being bullied because of my belief in God. and because the left will call me a bigot

    • Drakken

      Well mate stand up and be counted and tell the bullies if you cross this line you will understand my point of view the hard way.

      • Jenny

        Very well said Drakken, in order to fight the bullies we need to stand up for ourselves and fight, we need to show them we are unaffected but if it involves physical abuse then you will be needing help form others.

        Anti Bullying Kit

  • Michael Servetus

    If you live in fear of being bullied, you are an enabler.

    And BTW your "belief in God" doesn't apparently strengthen your character if you submit, capitulate, appease, hide, and deny so easily.

  • Tanner

    We need to be careful not to delegitimaze real serious bullying cases, but I totally hear ya Daniel. Now the Left is using the whole bullying idea as a weapon to advance political agendas. That is sick that they do that. They've become the very enemy that they claim to be against. But the real truth is that the Left is not concerned about ending bullying in the U.S. even though they say that. In reality, the word "bullying" in a Leftist context means anyone that disagrees with their views. Just look at what happened to Stacey Dash. Obama supporters bullied her for supporting Romney. Where was the outcry from the media? What's next? The media not covering a Christian being bullied by radical Muslims at a university because of fears of "bullying" Muslims? As David Horowitz once said, "As a SDSr in the 60s once said, 'The issue is never the issue. The issue is always the revolution.'" That quote still holds true to this day for the Left because they still live by that quote. You can see it by their actions. Unbelievable.

  • Laura

    “taking away a woman’s right to choose could arguably be one of the most misogynistic actions that one could take”
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    I would say that female genital mutilation, stoning for adultery, “honor” murders etc. are by far the most misogynistic actions that one could take.