Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Holy Bully!

Isn’t that a song, Spotty? From the olden days?

bullThere is a song from Spot’s salad days — if that’s what you mean by the “olden days” — called Wooly Bully, but this is different: this isn’t a song. This is just the poisonous claque for Tom Pritchard that is trying to play holy warrior.

The Minnesota Family Council’s Pritchard — remember, Joey Bananas had a family, too — wants to protect all the junior holy warriors in schools from being punished when they taunt kids who are gay or confused about whether they might be. To Pritchard, it is a loss of both freedom of speech and religion for anyone to be muzzled in telling some eighth grader that he is going to hell. In fact, that is what little Emmanuel and Christine are supposed to be doing.

The spittle-flecked “Holy Bully Pritchard” — that’s got kind of a nice ring to it, doesn’t it boys and girls? — is spearheading an effort to defeat an amendment to the existing school anti-bullying law in Minnesota. Spot invites you to go over to the MFC’s website and see. You will notice one thing right away: all, or most, anyway, of the links that MFC shows are not really links. They will load a page, all right, but the page, whether it is another page at MFC or an outside source, will load in a frame of the MFC main page. Try it, boys and girls.

Now in addition to being a clear copyright violation — that some major media outlets ought to contest, hint, hint — it’s an obvious attempt to keep the faithful over at MFC from straying too far in reading original source materials beyond those selected by the MFC to make its points. The guys and gals over at MFC hate this post-Gutenberg world that we live in!

Where was Spot? Oh yes. One “link” you might want to follow is titled “Oppose "Anti-Bullying" Bill SF 971/HF 1198.” This one will take you to MFC’s polemic against amending the law. Spot will note just a couple of paragraphs in Pritchard’s Bull:

Unnecessary.  Current state anti-bullying law requires all school boards to adopt policies addressing bullying in all its forms.  Chapter 121A.0695

If the bill is merely redundant, what’s the fuss, Tom? Ah, but even the Holy Bully doesn’t think it’s redundant. Here’s the next paragraph:

Gives preferential treatment and status to homosexuals, bisexuals, cross dressers, transvestites and transsexuals – persons who have sex change operations – by singling out sexual orientation for protection.  Rather than addressing all forms of bullying against all persons, homosexual activists will use it as "leverage" to promote acceptance and normalization of homosexuality, homosexual marriage and unhealthy sexual behaviors.   One of its supporters, cited in a recent news story, said the legislation would give homosexual activists "leverage" with school districts.

Let’s look at the proposed wording that singles out the GLBT community for protection:

bully policy

Contrary to the Holy Bully’s statement that the bill would “single out” the GLBT community, it’s only one listed for protection against bullying. In fact, you would think that the MFC would like the change.

Why is that, Spotty?

Because under the new language — that includes marital status — you can’t bully the sixteen year-old girl who went all wobbly on her Purity Pledge in the back of her boyfriend’s Ford. She had a shotgun wedding and is now back in high school. Without the new language, she could be taunted and reminded that she should be stoned on Daddy’s doorstep:

But if this thing be true, and the tokens of virginity be not found for the damsel: Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father's house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die: - Deuteronomy 22:20

Wow, that’s a helluva thing to taunt anybody about.

Watch your tongue, grasshopper, but yes, it is.

In spite of the bilious Holy Bully’s strenuous — and no doubt remunerative — efforts, we still live in a civil society, and that society does not have to put up with it when the antediluvians want to get their jollies by making fun of other kids.

Finally, young ‘uns, here’s the original song by Sam the Sham and the Pharos:

Here’s a karaoke version if you want to sing along. Spot personally thinks that a Holy Bully chorus at Pritchard’s appearances at the Leege might be fun.

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