The real agenda behind antibullying campaign

  • Article by: KATHERINE KERSTEN
  • Updated: January 12, 2013 - 7:45 PM
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hermajestyJan. 12, 13 1:17 PM

In other words, you want it to be all right for your child to bully another young person whom s/he perceives to be a "sinner" by the definition of your religion. You want it to be OK for a young person who is probably struggling with the realization that his/her newly developed sexual attractions are to the same sex to struggle with your child's self-righteous bullying. I wonder what Jesus would say about that, Jesus whom the religious leaders of his day criticized for associating with "sinners."

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orpheus90Jan. 12, 13 1:28 PM

Kersten's usual brand of inflammatory nonsense that merely cues questions about Kersten's tiresome agenda. Here, Kersten tries to re-invent a deflated wheel: old school demagoguery that portrayed gay people as predatory and out to recruit "your children" and has now been revised and updated with the claim predatory gay people are attempting to brainwash your children by inculcating them, vis-à-vis Orwellian methods, with progressive notions of social tolerance. So to speak, Big Brother is now Big Gay Brother. Of course it's not hard to recognize that Kersten traffiks in ideological cartoons. More serious is that her core intent is less a valid critique of anti-bullying efforts - it isn't - but rather, that she makes an implicit pitch for giving exemption to the right to bully kids perceived as gay. As Kersten seems to rationalize it, she'd have us believe that bullying, particularly when the victim is gay, should be viewed as a marker preserving some hoary right wing notion of social and political freedom, if not taking a heroic stand against coercive, totalitarian forms of groupthink. Please, such windmills...

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pumiceJan. 12, 13 1:39 PM

According to Ms. Kersten, the "sweeping new statewide antibullying regime" would include an "expansive new definition of bullying". One wonders how much more expansive the definition can get than the current "prohibiting intimidation and bullying of any student"...

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pumiceJan. 12, 13 1:52 PM

Ms. Kersten expresses specific concern about "whether or not [students] feel comfortable making choices outside gender expectations." Her example is the common childhood taunt "Sissy". Perhaps she'll provide further examples of expected gender-related choices and inform us whether her antibullying curriculum would permit children to mock one another for making choices outside those gender expectations.

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liora51Jan. 12, 13 2:10 PM

Read the first two paragraphs and flipped to the bottom to verify that this was our very own Katherine Kersten back at it. I wish the Strib would put the byline at the top so I wouldn't waste my time on even two paragraphs.

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mondaveauJan. 12, 13 4:12 PM

Bullying isn't a GLBT issue, it's a people issue. Nobody should have to feel like they need to change who they are. All students should be able to feel comfortable expressing their views regardless of sexual orientation, gender, race or religious beliefs. It's wrong to tell a gay student that they're not OK because of who they are and just as wrong to tell a Christian student the same. Nobody needs state indoctrination.

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a6699fJan. 12, 13 5:02 PM

How did I know that this was a Kersten item? Was it because of the clarity and keen insight into the issue? (No.) Was it because of the logic and depth of reasoning behind the premise? (No.) Was is because it was the type of insipid blather that we get from her on alternate weekends? (Bingo!) (Tell him what he's won, Don Pardo!)

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pumiceJan. 12, 13 5:23 PM

TAKE TWO... Katherine Kersten writes from her overwhelming disappointment with an election in which we Minnesotans rejected her plea to put discrimination into our state constitution. Her new campaign is apparently to impose traditional gender-based stereotypes on another generation of children.

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twspt7Jan. 12, 13 5:30 PM

Apparently, KK fears that people will be bullied into not bullying people. Oh, the humanity.....

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pumiceJan. 12, 13 5:30 PM

Re: "Nobody needs state indoctrination." True, mondaveau, but underrepresented groups need state protection against harassment and discrimination, and children deserve protection against bullying, harassment and abuse.

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