Be Thou…

Rop tú mo baile, a Choimdiu cride…

Be thou my vision, Oh Lord of my heart…

Of Lord of my heart… a vision, of the Son and the Father, but of the Son, of the best thought, of the Son who was different, of the Son who endured and called others to endure… of the Father who watched and turned away as the Son was bullied, mocked, murdered… of the Son who can to save the filthy, the lost, the rejected of the Father. The Son who loved…

Be thou my vision, Oh Lord.

But the Family Action Council of Tennessee (FACT) is backing a “License to Bully” bill.

In a recent email sent to supporters, the Family Action Council of Tennessee declared its support for the “License to Bully” bill (HB1153/SB0750):

We plan to press the legislature to amend our state’s school anti-bullying law to make sure it protects the religious liberty and free speech rights of students who want to express their views on homosexuality.

One legislator is blaming the victim.

In correspondence with the Tennessee Equality Project, the state’s main gay rights group, state Rep. John Ragan, R-Oak Ridge, claimed gay people commit suicide at a higher rate than others and suggested Jacob’s sexuality itself drove him to kill himself. Ragan asked whether the suicide could have had “more to do with his own proclivities and behavior than anything to do with schoolmate bullies …”

Blaming the victim is necessary to prevent Jacob’s death from damaging chances for passage of F.A.C.T.’s 2012 state legislative priority—a bill to make it easier for young bigots to mistreat gay schoolkids. This legislation brought by conservative Christians who oppose special protections for gay people actually gives special protections to homophobic bullies.

Think Progress has more. (ht)

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