Benjamin Disraeli said: “Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke.” Bullying comes in many forms, and has ignited a national conversation with recent incidents of bullied teens committing suicide. The media constantly focuses on incidents against minority, overweight, and gay teens. All of these incidents are awful in their own ways; people shouldn’t be tormented, no matter who they are. But something the media never mentions is bullying against Conservative teens. It happens often in college, where Secularism rules; but more and more incidents are occurring in high schools, with teachers intimidating and ridiculing Conservative students.
According to FOX News:
“Fifteen-year-old Benji Backer says he was bullied for his conservative political beliefs, but by his teachers, not fellow students…he was picked on so badly for his support of Governor Romney and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker that he had to switch schools…Benji recalled an incident during which his English teacher in Appleton, Wisconsin, berated him in front of the entire class, telling him that small business owners take off Fridays and summers, making claims that he worked harder than Benji’s father, and saying that as a teacher, he didn’t make enough money to provide for his family.”
And according to Red State:
“‘My teachers have always talked about bullying, including bullying homosexuals and how wrong it is,’ Backer wrote. ‘I agree 100 percent. They shouldn’t be bullied, nor should anyone else.’ Backer said if homosexuals can get equal treatment, why can’t conservative students? ‘If teachers expect bullying to end with homosexuals, they should want it to end with every type of bullying possible, including political views,’ he wrote…A substitute teacher in his government class told the students that all Republicans are racist.”
Backer has said that he is taking a stand for future students; he wants the bullying and intimidation of Conservative students to stop. Apparently, Backer’s school is rife with teachers telling him that his beliefs are not only misguided; but wrong and ignorant. The harassment is constant, and systemic.
Backer brought up a salient point in an interview. He said that if someone was asked about their homosexuality or faith in Islam, there would be serious repercussions. However, since the student was ridiculed over his Conservative beliefs, there were no such repercussions.
This is one example of the Liberal definition of tolerance. Those on the Left, unwilling to accept that anyone could possibly think differently than they, simply can’t compute a difference of opinion. The only reaction Liberals have when they encounter opposing views is to ridicule, and tear apart. Liberals aren’t wired to understand differing views; so they become scared and irrational.
Conservatives actually practice tolerance. Upon discovery of a difference of opinion, Conservatives are generally willing and able to debate issues in a rational and calm manner.
With the advance of Secularism in public schools, this type of abhorrent behavior will only continue to rise. I, for one, am glad that there are young people like Benji Backer, who have the courage to stand up and fight back against the aggressive Leftist agenda in the public schools.
The intolerance and bullying of the Left is simply smoke, because they have no real weapons. Backers’ fight is that of fire.