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Bullied for Not Believing in God


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Carrie
- 403 days ago - theatlantic.com
Despite secularism and atheism being on the rise, some areligious students feel discriminated against--at times violently. Now teachers across the U.S. are creating Secular Safe Zones to "curtail anti-atheist bullying, discrimination, and social isolation.



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Carrie B. (309)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 1:48 pm
By now most of you know that I went to Catholic school for 12 years ~ what you don't know is that in my high school we had ONE non-Catholic student and he was my sweetie. His step-father had thrown him out of the family home in a mountain town in Colorado, so he moved to Denver to live with his older sister and brother-in-law. No public school would allow him to enroll since he had no legal guardian in Denver. My high school agreed to let him attend and waived the tuition fee. He had to take the required courses for our school ~ which included religion all four years and philosophy for upper classmen.

Most in are class knew he was not Catholic ~ I think,~ but I don't know because it was never discussed. No one cared. He was a good student, a good athlete, a good friend, and that's all that mattered. What has happened to our society that so many children have become intolerant, nasty, bullying bigots?
 

Elizabeth M. (67)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 2:08 pm
I agree fully Carrie that" our society has changed for the worse, and many children are intolerant, nasty and bullying bigots".The values and principles are not getting through to so many children, they seem to know that they can't be hollered at or get even a little spank these days, so they push the envelopes as far as they can.The social media also has added to problems not just with the kids, but adults also. They can say whatever they want, when people really don't know them. They probably wouldn't have the guts to say some of the things face to face .
 

Bea friends Kindly (22)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 2:09 pm
I believe religion should be a personal thing.... My opinion..... It causes war and we all just want to live in harmony... I dont like to discuss it as it offends any one who is a believer in what they believe............ I believe in human nature and am not interested in your religion or persuasion. I was born naked and will remain that way...... I love all human kind, reguardless of any differences, because differences make us stronger..........
Thank you Carrie for the story
 

Sue Matheson (72)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 2:21 pm
thanks
 

Bea friends Kindly (22)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 2:41 pm
Food for thought............. spell God backwards and you have Mans Best Friend ;) >>>>> Dog..... Just A thought :)
 

Kit B. (276)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 2:50 pm

I went to a public high school the most important issue was scholastic achievement. We managed to out score (on the SAT) many of the private eastern schools, this is important because it was meaningful to the students. We also had prayer in school, unlike many other schools in the district, we had 3 populations, Catholic, Methodist and some Baptists and Jewish. Each day we had a prayer in Latin, one in English and one in Hebrew. No one really cared much about the prayers and principal was a happy man when the Supreme Court finally ended that part of our day. We were healthy red blooded (never understood that, are some green blooded) American teen agers. I'm sure there was as some teasing and maybe some bullying that went on. I know that some could not join the fraternity or sorority they wanted for various reason. Yes, we did have them and they were connected to those on campus at most colleges. The bullying we see today, the open hostility toward others that are a part of a group, was not a part of my experiences. High school is fun for some and a miserable existence for others.

Some of this is directly on the parents. Religion as my own principal taught does not belong in a public school, teachers are not trained in theology. It should not integrated by force into the curriculum and other in the most broad way should not be discussed. Placing any religious object or icon in the school sends a message that the religion most closely associated is a better religion. That is not for school or for teachers to judge. That will in time become a decision for each person, but while in public school funded by public tax money all religion iconography should be removed or better, not placed in the school.
 

Jo S. (498)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 2:55 pm
Noted & shared.
I don't think any child should be bullied for any reason, religion included.
Thanks Carrie.
 

Kit B. (276)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 2:58 pm

That this is even needed speaks loudly to deeper problems within out society.

"The Secular Safe Zone initiative is designed to create “safe, neutral places for students to talk about their doubts without fear of religious bullying.” That’s done by recruiting "allies” and training them to recognize and respond to anti-atheist bullying. The initiative is modeled off of Gay Alliance’s LGBT Safe Zone program, which was started several years ago, in that it allows mentors at schools to explicitly demarcate spaces where “students know that bullying won’t be tolerated.”

Safe zones? What are young people doing to one another makes this necessary? I remember those years and later in college as years for exploration of ideas, speculation about other thoughts and philosophy beyond those that were known or conventional. I'm sad to see so many young people learning that to think beyond the traditional, to exercise any form of free expression is to put your life in danger.
 

Elle B. (82)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 4:08 pm

" I would suggest first of all that all of you Christians, missionaries and all begin to live more like Jesus Christ." ―Mohandas K. Gandhi, The Christ of the Indian Road by E. Stanley Jones

­".... For every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted." – Jesus of Nazareth, Luke 18:14, The Holy Bible






 

Linda Moore (221)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 4:41 pm
Excellent quotes, Elle, thanks!
 

Birgit W. (147)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 5:01 pm
Why aren't we able to respect each persons unique view about life? Each person is here for a different reason, and has to follow their inner calling.
 

Roger Skinner (14)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 5:13 pm
And it is not just students who face religious bullying, plenty of adults face it also. Not to mention (okay, especially to mention) that almost every conflict in the world today is more over religious differences than anything else. People can't seem to think clearly nor reasonably when religion is a factor.
 

Roseann D. (178)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 5:26 pm
Atheists seems to have a lot more in common with Christ's teachings than these so called Christians. Maybe Atheists should step in to step in to show them the way.Clearly they are not learning Christ's teachings from their families or churches.
 

JL A. (275)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 6:15 pm
It doesn't matter what the victim's profile is--bullying is never OK and both the bully and the victim will have lasting negative health impacts so everyone should always intervene to stop any they witness.
 

Patricia H. (468)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 9:50 pm
noted
 

Helga Ganguly (87)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 10:40 pm
Bullying leaves a person scarred for life.I tried to teach my children never to bully and alleyways to by sensitive to others and that the underdog is probably the most interesting person in the room.They never had a problem with religious indoctrination since our own family was so diverse.I write occasionally on some economy board that discusses the high cost of weddings.Half the group so far has called accused me of "the arrogance of poverty" and when I praised the new Pope for moderation,I was ,you could say,bullied, about my religion-if the nitwit had it right- bullied because " my Pope had done such and such " and so I was also guilty" etc. Hilarious,in any case,since these people can't read,obviously. I'm just a little bit Jewish. Can't a Jew like a Catholic? My mother married one.
 

. (0)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 10:47 pm

Having their Religious views coming from a "Jealous God," I can see why their minds are so warped.
Of all of the things Religion teaches, the only Scriptures that should have been taught were the ones that abide by the "Golden Rule."

If they want to teach anything Religion-like in schools, they should teach "Spirituality," Meditation could quite possibly improve their grades. The Bible is rife with riddles, and many good "Books" were left out of the current one. The current one is filled with violence. Classical Music that soothes the Soul could be played over the intercoms to improve their grades, and calm their Souls. Bullying should never be allowed!

You should never have to fear a God or Goddess. They are the ones that are supposed to help you to grow.
There are many who are Divine, and do not accept such ill treatment of others. Angels will help you along in your paths. Invoke them, and/or ask for them. They are happy to help, but your paths are your choice. Personal to you. You were given "Free Will" at birth, it is your Right to use it. :) Children should be taught this, but taught to "Harm none." Bullying takes away the Rights, and the "Free Will" of the victims.

Pray for Peace. :)

{{{{ hugs }}}}

Mary Oliveau
 

Robert Hardy (67)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 10:51 pm
If there is a God, I wonder what he/she would think of all this?
 

Jody B. (6)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 11:41 pm
Wow.
 

Wendy G. (52)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 11:54 pm
Religious views are a personal choice and nobody elses business.
 

PrimaSICK B. (1278)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 12:03 am
Excellent comments people and Thank You Carrie for posting !!!

JL A. (225) Saturday September 14, 2013, 6:15 pm
It doesn't matter what the victim's profile is--bullying is never OK and both the bully and the victim will have lasting negative health impacts so everyone should always intervene to stop any they witness.

JL - With everyone elses comments and yours ,it really sums it up for me.

TY .
 

TomCat S. (234)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 12:38 am
And Republicans are opposing those safe zones, because they consider it their God given right to bully.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 12:39 am
I went to a non-sectarian school at the time when they banned school prayers. My daughter went to a Christian school but all students were allowed to opt out of the morning school assembly and could either sit in a quiet room or join in an alternative assembly of their religious denomination. What makes us think we have the right to make it compulsory to join in any group? I missed morning prayers at school, but that was just me. Yet even at the tender age of 7 I understood that my friend, whose family didn't believe in God, had the right to not do so.

What age are we entering into here... the Spanish Inquisition??
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 5:17 am
Thanks.
 

Mari 's (1364)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 5:48 am
3rd attempt :/ Stop The Hate!!
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 5:54 am
Noted, thanx
 

. (0)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 7:25 am
That's terrible! People should be more tolerant of people who don't believe in God.
 

Lona Goudswaard (71)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 7:58 am
Thank you, Carrie, for posting this article. Every now and again an article like this appears, but every time I'm shocked anew.
America is one of the few countries (perhaps the only one) that mentions separation of state and church and freedom of religion explicitly in its constitution. Of course the people who crafted the constitution of this new nation clearly remembered the religious persecution which caused many of their forefathers end themselves to come to America. The old countries do not have this separation of church and state, but secularity in Western Europe has grown much faster than in the states and religious symbols and customs have been ousted from public life a long time ago without a constitution.

There are two issues in this article: bullying and the intolerance of atheism in general. Admittedly, bullying in schools has become a growing concern here too. More bullying is reported and and the rise of social media seem s to have brought on an additional kind: cyber-bullying. There may be more actual bullying and a lot of reasons for bullying, but being secular (atheist, agnostic, something-ist...) has not come up as a reason to bully kids at public schools. The fact that public schools in America need secular safe zones in public schools despite constitutional rights, says a lot about the mentality of a large group of Americans. And that mentality is what shocks me time and time again.
 

Carol D. (109)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 10:18 am
I think bullying is much more prevalent nowadays anyway for whatever reason and it should not be happening
 

Rehana VN (0)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 10:30 am
Christian,Hindu,Jewish,Muslim,Atheist whats the difference.All people are EQUAL immaterial of their religious beliefs, race,social status etc.The basic ingredients that are totally lacking in society in general are love,tolerance, respect & compassion. IGNORANCE IS ONE OF THE CAUSES OF INTOLERANCE & HATRED. Bullying in whatever form must be immediately stemmed. Religion is a private matter & should not be propagated in a public institution. Each & every person have as much right as the next!
 

DORIS L. (61)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 1:04 pm
Bullied for being atheist? Hello? Why can't we all just simply live by the Golden Rule :Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. Formal religion is mis- used far too much by the "holier than thous"...
 

Winn Adams (193)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 1:23 pm
Bullying is wrong for any reason. If he is a non believer that's fine and if he believes that's fine too. Live and let live.
 

monka blank (82)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 1:24 pm
Indeed Religion should be a private matter. We're all the same, nobody wants to get hurt...I wouldn't like to convince others of my believes.
 

Kate Kenner (201)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 1:48 pm
I have asked the same question as Robert Hardy many times. I am an atheist ( a cultural and historical Jewish atheist I call myself but I wonder if God existed what would he think of what goes on in his name? If it was me I would be mortified and embarrassed that I had created such beings as humans. I would think I should have created the rest of the animals and left it at that.
 

Sheri Schongold (6)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 1:55 pm
I feel I am being bullied because I believe in God and the 10 Commandments when these people who don't believe in anything, including themselves, are going around and making our country nude of one of its basic tenets, Freedom of Religion. Just because there is a symbol of religion up does that mean I am going to stuff my religion down your throat? No, because you are allowed to believe/not believe as you wish. If this ridiculousness is going to continue, does that mean I can't put up a picture of a dog as it will surely be the wrong breed for someone or a picture of an apple, because someone doesn't like apples?
 

. (0)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 2:48 pm


So many good posts! :)

TomCat S., ETAL

If there was a "God given Right to bully," then there would not be a "Golden Rule." Bullying is most certainly not "their" Right, or anyones. No one should be taught to take away anothers "Free Will."

Your "personal "belief" is your "Spirituality." It is of your "Soul," your "Spirit."

The Human race has made greats strides in this area despite the odds. There are many "Spiritualist" groups that will help you to mend, and grow as a Human Being.

Some Religions tout the "Spirit." Fanatics, and Zealots have closed their minds, and harmed their "Spirits," and others "Spirits" in the process. The "word" was meant to help "Humanity," not harm them. That is where the importance of the "Golden Rule" comes in. The good teachings seem to be ignored, and replaced in many cases by the negative.

Religions that harm, and/or Religious Leaders that condone this type of behaviour are not teaching the true "Essence" of "Divinity."

How many of you have ever heard of "Spritualists" fighting over their chosen Path/Religion? As far as I've witnessed, it is not something that they do. There are "Spiritualists" in all Religions, but it seems that their voices are not heard as often, or as loud as the others.

The Bible was not "written" to cause wars, but instead it was meant as a guide to establish Peace. What a shame that its teachings have become so corrupt.

Human Beings are not to blame, it's the evil that has permeated the earth that has caused much grief. It taints the Souls of those who are unawares, and even those who go against it.

Atheists do not believe in a God that has allowed for such hatred, and cruelty. It is against the teachings of "true" "Divinity," and "Enlightenment."

They do however have a "belief" system that WILL more than likely contain the "belief" in love. I see no reason to fault someone who believes in love, kindness, or any other of the "Divine Virtues." It is actually admirable that they are not swayed by "false teachings," some of which spread hate. Hatred eats away the Soul, leaving nothing in its wake, other than evil.


Pray/Meditate/Ponder on Peace.


{{{{ hugs }}}}

Mary Oliveau
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 2:52 pm
Thank you for the excellent article, Carrie. I fear that because bullying has gone mainstream, it is growing among the general population and in turn the children. Consider what has happened since the first election of George Bush.
 

june t. (66)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 3:19 pm
I've never seen such a huge problem with bullying as it is today. There has always been bullying, but today if you are being bullied, it seems there is no escaping from it. I don't know why it is so much worse, there seems to be no ounce of compassion. What has happened to kids, for them to think this is all right? It doesn't matter the reason, it could be religion, being fat, wearing glasses, being short, whatever. Bullying is bullying. But why do so many kids now think it is a fun thing to do? How about we replace statistics with a course in compassion? It is something they don't seem to be learning, and yet it seems to be needed. (plus I hate statistics).
 

Lois Jordan (56)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 3:35 pm
Noted. Thanks for posting this article on a wonderful group, Carrie. I get mailings from secular.org as well as their Student Secular Alliance. (Never know if my grandkids might need some info). When you have fundamentalist Xtians trying to take control of education all over America, there has to be a response. Churches are even being built right next to high school & elementary campuses lately, to take advantage. In high school, most kids don't like being "excluded"...and these religious groups just love to proselytize on campus and recruit new members---they have become very "cult-like."
They've gone to drastic measures recently, too, as this article states....placing the 10 commandments in science classes! So, the pushback is now here, and I fully support it. These "holy rollers" used to be cast aside as mentally ill not that long ago....seems like the bullied have become the bullies. How the pendulum swings.
 

Phil P. (93)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 4:47 pm
Q: What's the difference between the Texas School Book Board and the Taliban?

Answer: That's a tough one.

 

S J. (119)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 5:12 pm
done, thanks Carrie
So if I were there, I shall be bullied, right? I m glad I found some good people here.
 

Robyn Brice (4)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 5:41 pm
A teacher at my daughter's school once accused her of being lazy because she did not want to attend scripture classes. As soon as I contacted the school, my daughter was given an apology.
I will not allow myself or my family to be hijacked by religion.
 

Joanne Dixon (40)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 5:59 pm
Robert Hardy - Not much!
Kit, I think the old "red blooded" cliche was meant to be as opposed to "blue blooded" - an early class war salvo. And I almost said "meme" instead of cliche LOL.
 

Lindsey O. (19)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 6:13 pm
Sheri, you may put up a religious symbol if you like - in your home, in your car, in your office (if your boss allows it), in your private school, in your bathroom, on your front lawn, around your neck, on your surfboard, on your mailbox, painted on your fingernails, on your car, on your birthday balloons, at your church, on top of your piano, on your skateboard, on your roof, painted on the side of your horse, on your stationery, embroidered on your bathing suit, on your dog's collar, on your birthday cake, on your front porch, on a sign in front of your business (if you own it), and most other places you want to put it. You can even hire a plane and skywrite the Ten Commandments over Kansas if you like.

But you cannot put that symbol up in a public school. Which is paid for by all taxpayers. Which is supposed to remain neutral on the subject of religion.

There are a mammoth number of places you can put the Ten Commandments, quite legally and quite ethically. And there are tens of thousands of churches you can go to. You can go door to door handing out religious pamphlets or stand on a streetcorner giving them to passersby. You can go on television and talk about your faith.

And yet somehow you believe we are making our country "nude" if we don't allow our government to sponsor religious promotion? For heaven's sake, with all that religious freedom and all those ways to publicly state your faith, you want to co-op public education as well?
 

Lindsey O. (19)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 6:21 pm
And without question religion and schools don't mix (unless it's a religious school to begin with.) Because atheist children really are targeted for a lot of ridicule and ostracizing. I know whereof I speak, since I was usually the lone atheist child in my classes throughout the years (living in Birmingham, Alabama meant, of course, that I was living among a really serious number of Christians). And when I was in elementary school, my homeroom teacher used to ask on Mondays that each child stand up and say what they learned in Sunday School the previous day. It wasn't fun, at that age, to have all eyes on me when it would have been my turn. Nor fun when all the other children in homeroom bowed their heads for the daily prayer - and I didn't. Nor fun to receive the occasional nasty taunt because I was one of those who was "going to Hell".

As an adult, I can take whatever they dish out (and get in a few good licks of my own). As a child it wasn't so easy since children intrinsically don't want to be singled out as "different". And no child should have to put up with being harassed and spotlighted for religious unbelief in our public school system. And the best way of trying to keep that from happening is to make sure that public schools remain officially neutral on the subject.
 

Kit B. (276)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 6:39 pm

Not so fast Lindsey, not if you live in Quebec, Canada. That province has banned public displays of religious icons and symbols. The reasons for that are obvious, the success tenuous at best.

@Joanne - Yes, I do know about the "blue blood" difference, but was unsuccessfully reaching for a tad of humor.

A simple maxim to live by: The golden rule in any one of it's permutations,

"You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord". - Leviticus 19:18

“Whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 5:43

Confucianism: "Do not do to others what you do not want them to do to you" (Analects 15:23)

Hindusim: “This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you” (Mahabharata 5:1517)

Buddhism: “Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful" (Udanavarga 5:18)

When we all began seeing and hearing about these extreme displays of bullying I think many of thought us the Internet to be a cause, it does allow for some to speak out and remain anonymous. In this article the bullying is direct and face to face, that is not acceptable. I believe parental authority to guide and model for children is either missing or misused. Bullying is not acceptable in any form and we need to make that clear to children and adults.
 

Lindsey O. (19)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 7:14 pm
Sheri's in Florida, Kit - not Quebec.
 

Kit B. (276)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 7:30 pm

I'm only saying that in some places you have the opposite situation as we do here.
 

. (0)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 8:31 pm

If you believe in the Scriptures then you should be aware of this;

Matthew 24:13, "But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved."

That was Jesus speaking about the "End Times."
He did not say, "unless you are....?" anything.

He did not single out one group of Humans that would be sent to Hell! Not one! So I don't know why these Religions believe that they should be shoving "their" interpretations of a corrupt Bible, with missing "Books" of the "Divine" down others throats, and tell people that they are going to Hell. Yes, it bothers me.

Lindsey, No one should ever have done that to you. :(

Children learn what they see from the adults around them. If Hell and damnation is what the Parents were taught, then that is what the Children will learn. The Bible should not have been used to "bully" others into fearing an unjust God! Children pick up on all of this. The Bible was written mainly by Humans who had a stake in History, and I'm willing to bet that they knew this. They left out the "Books" that were filled with compassion, the "Books" that were written by the women.

I found this Article that was posted about in a Womens' group on care2. called, "Half the Sky."
Credit: Beverly M. for discovering the Article, and posting it to the group. Also credit the University of Manchester, who owns the Copyright.

'Christians airbrushed women out of history'

The choices contained in your current Bible were made by men who wanted to take, and stay in control. This "control issue," and dishonesty that was brought about because of it, is the reason that there are so many atrocities that are done in the name of "God" towards women and children. They won't forget it, ever!

Parents need to teach their children the "Golden Rule," and they need to abide by it themselves.
Especially, you should never say anything vile, mean and/or vicious to a child.

Teach them love and respect, and don't talk down to them. They are our future, and you as their Parent are their World. Teach them how to establish Peace within themselves. :)

Pray/Meditate/Ponder on Peace.

{{{{ HUGS }}}}

Mary Oliveau
 

. (0)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 8:55 pm

:D My computer crashed after I clicked to post. :D
 

Jason S. (57)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 9:10 pm
Good posting, thanks
 

Charlie Rush (56)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 9:12 pm
It's truly amazing, how INTOLERANT many 'so-called' Christians are toward non-believers.
This was not Christ's teaching; but, these so-called Christians don't care about Christ's teachings. They have made their own set of rules.
Some of the most moral people I know, are atheists and/or secular free-thinkers. I judge a person by their kindness and tolerance toward others, like thinkers or not.

The ultra-conservatives are chiefly to blame for the problem. They attempt to insist that everyone believe as they do, or they throw a label at you. This is where racist and other forms of hatred begin.
Gee, doesn't this sound a lot like the extreme Muslim community that they hate, also?
 

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 10:27 pm
noted
 

Lauren Goldman (0)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 11:34 pm
"This would be the best of all worlds if there were no religion in it."
~ John Adams.

"Religions are all alike – founded upon fables and mythologies."
~ Thomas Jefferson

"Men never commit evil so fully and joyfully as when they do it for religious convictions."
~ Blaise Pascal
 

Inge Bjorkman (143)
Monday September 16, 2013, 12:50 am
Religion has always been a cause of bullying, hatred and war.
Can we ban religion? or do we have to live with this force that prevents people from creativity and creation?

Try Love
 

Susan Duncan (25)
Monday September 16, 2013, 1:32 am
Bullying in the name of religion is hardly a Christian value. Those who follow religious dogma must know that they are charged with loving their neighbor as themselves and that they are automatically considered sinners thus only those who are without sin may cast the first stone. " Casting stones" at someone who is a non-believer or is of a different religion is extremist tactics that religious zealots are the first to decry.

Kids don't grow up in a vacuum, they hear a lot of the current hateful rhetoric at home. I grew up in a "mixed" family. My Dad was a rabid atheist, my Mom a "silent believer" who kept her faith quiet in order to keep the household peace. Having no religious background, I have been able to be a neutral observer of all belief systems. There are raging lunatics on all fronts and there are kind, thoughtful adherents to many beliefs who make their points well.

Like everyone else, I was not the recipient of any special earthly knowledge or definitive insight into the mysteries of life so have no real opinion about the "truth" of any belief system. I do know that those who embrace kindness, forgiveness and giving are certainly on the right track especially when they lead by example in their daily lives. Whatever deranged force induces bullying on any level, it should be strongly condemned and should never be part of any religion as it would surely turn people away completely rather than force them into the flock.
 

jess b (24)
Monday September 16, 2013, 5:17 pm
so sad. Children are not being protected enough. Resources must be made available to prevent tragedies.
I have just seen the report of the funeral for the young girl, who was bullied, in Polk County, FL today.
She was bullied for a year and jumped off the side of a building, I believe. Was this also on Care2?
The problem is bullying, not the pretext. Any reason can be used, but that is not the problem.
This is a symptom of a dysfunctional society and children at a loss.

Thank you Carrie - please note today's funeral service in Florida for the little girl, who died. So terrible for her, and all her loved ones.
 

Gloria H. (88)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 12:54 pm
do they still make people swear in on the bible in court?
 
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