Gary Glenn, president of the American Family Association of Michigan, responded Wednesday to the state Senate’s passage Wednesday afternoon of SB 137, an anti-bullying bill sponsored by Sen. Rick Jones:
“We’re pleased that the Senate has passed an anti-bullying bill that will equally protect all children from all bullying for all reasons, based on their individual worth as human beings, not on being segregated into singled-out groups for special protection,” Glenn said.
“This all-inclusive protection could have passed years ago had Democrats not insisted — as they still do today — on trying to use anti-bullying legislation as a Trojan Horse for specially protected group rights based on homosexual activity and other personal behavior or characteristics, an approach opposed not only by AFA-Michigan but by Bully Police USA.”
Bully Police USA’s website clearly states its opposition to including such segregation language in anti-bullying legislation, precisely because such divisive language will delay or block passage of the bill, a concern that has clearly been the case in Michigan. Bully Police USA states:
“There should not be any major emphasis on defining victims. This addition into an anti-bullying law will cause several problems for lawmakers: …Defining victims will slow the process of lawmaking, dividing political parties who will argue over which victims get special rights over other victims. All children deserve the ‘special right’ not to be bullied. All children who are bullied need to be protected.”
Consistent with AFA-Michgan’s and Bully Police USA’s position, 80 percent of the states that have enacted anti-bullying laws simply protect all students from all bullying for all reasons — as SB 137 does — without segregating them first into specially-enumerated categories based on personal characteristics or behavior.