Like many other states, Iowa has undergone a big push against bullying. A noble and worthy cause, the only pause that should be given is what defines bullying.
In reading through a few student handbooks of area Christian schools — again, read Christian schools (as in non-public schools, as in schools rooted in the Bible) — and one major concern jumps out regarding “bullying.”
A segment of the anti-bullying policy reads as follows:
“A definition of harassment and bullying consistent with the following: Harassment
and bullying shall be construed to mean any electronic, written, verbal, or physical act or conduct toward a student which is based on the student’s actual or perceived age, color, creed, national origin, race, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, socioeconomic status, or familiar status, and which creates an objectively hostile school environment that meets one or more of the following conditions:
(1) Places the student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or property.
(2) Has a substantially detrimental effect on the student’s physical or mental health.
(3) Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s academic performance.
(4) Has the effect of substantially interfering with the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by the school.”
Keeping in mind I’m talking about this policy from the standpoint of a Christian school, doesn’t that jump out to you as well?
Every Bible says the same things in regards to homosexuality.
My question is, what happens if a student at a Christian school with this anti-bullying policy says one of the following…
“Homosexuality is shameful. It’s unnatural. God has given homosexuals over to a depraved mind.”
“Entire towns were destroyed because of homosexuality.”
“The law is made for people who are ungodly, sinful, unholy and irreligious — like homosexuals.”
“Homosexuals will not go to heaven.”
“Homosexuality is detestable.”
It would seem that all of the above quotes would stand in violation of the anti-bullying policies recently put in place at Christian schools across Iowa. If someone were truly a homosexual and those things were said in class, it would seem that those statements could have a “substantially detrimental effect on the student’s physical or mental health.”
Here’s the thing about those statements above — they are made in the Bible. And if this anti-bullying policy is included at a Christian school, it would seem the Bible itself goes against that policy.
It’s not a connection that has been made by the Left or those in government — yet. But there are countries where calling homosexuality sinful or wrong is considered hate speech and punished by prison time.
So, if you send your child to a Christian school, do you know if that Christian school shares this anti-bullying policy?
If it does, now might be a good time to seek clarification on whether quoting the Bible would be considered “bullying.”
After all, the tuition for a private education isn’t cheap. And if the school has this anti-bullying policy, it will only be a matter of time until it turns into an anti-Bible policy — yes, even in Christian schools.