Religious Right Croups Undercut Anti-Bullying Programs in Schools
Two leading Religious Right groups have joined forces in an effort to stop public schools from adopting policies designed to crack down on bullying.
Focus on the Family (FOF) and the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) in August announced the publication of the "Anti-Bullying Policy Yardstick," a document that purports to help public school officials formulate policies that respect the rights of Christian students.
Critics charged that the "yardstick" is really an effort to gut anti-bullying policies by making them less effective.
The document attempts to carve out exemptions for bullying if it's based on religious rationales. It also recommends dropping requirements that teachers and other school officials report any cases of bullying or suspected bullying that they encounter.
FOF and the ADF argue that public schools should not attempt to curb bullying if it occurs after hours through the use of email or social networking sites--so-called "cyber-bullying." It also insists that public schools have no right to "re-educate" bullies, arguing that such efforts attempt to "change the way they think."
The document concludes by asserting that many anti-bullying policies are an attempt at political indoctrination. It warns schools to avoid anti-bullying materials produced by "homosexual activist groups. …