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Bachmann's America
« on: February 03, 2012, 02:49:58 pm »
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/one-towns-war-on-gay-teens-20120202

It's a pretty long read with a few horrifying stories.

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Bachmann's district basically does not allow the discussion of homosexuality in school by support from evangelical groups. Which in turns means that bullying goes unregulated and becomes so rampant that suicide rates goes up. And some of the kids aren't even gay, they're just perceived to be gay. But since their have a no discussion policy, evangelical bullies are given free reigns to do whatever they want. Anti-gay groups do not thing but rather show this as "proof" that the gay "lifestyle" is unhealthy, rather than addressing the real problem of uncontrolled harassment in the name of "neutrality".

The stories told within are sad and horrifying. I wish we could just take those kids to a safer place.   
That may be the single gayest thing I have ever read on this board. Or the old one. ;)

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Re: Bachmann's America
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2012, 03:26:50 pm »
*is too full of RAEG to form a coherent response*

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Re: Bachmann's America
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2012, 03:42:33 pm »
I... ugh... gr... I ... arghhh.

Just... ugh. I wish I could take all the abused kids and take them to a sheltered area.

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Re: Bachmann's America
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2012, 04:03:21 pm »
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Re: Bachmann's America
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2012, 04:07:12 pm »
I... ugh... gr... I ... arghhh.

Just... ugh. I wish I could take all the abused kids and take them to a sheltered area.

I wish we could take over the school board and then patrol the shcool halls with cluebats.
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Re: Bachmann's America
« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2012, 04:09:13 pm »
*is too full of RAEG to form a coherent response*

Then please don't read the article. It will bring you to tears.

I've read that suicides were high in Bachmann's district and that it was because of their "no homo promo" policy, but words can't describe how bad it really is. It really hurts me reading stories like these. In this school district, in one school year, 9 gay or gay perceived children committed suicide and many other children attempted suicide or were hospitalized for suicidal tendencies. No child should be bullied to such a level. No child should be bullied at all. The PAL, the children, the school board, and especially Michelle Bachmann should be ashamed of themselves for their actions which led to these 9 deaths, and the many others from years before.

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Re: Bachmann's America
« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2012, 04:12:40 pm »
Remember, not too long ago Bachmann claimed focusing on curbing bullying would emasculate boys. 
That may be the single gayest thing I have ever read on this board. Or the old one. ;)

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Re: Bachmann's America
« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2012, 04:15:00 pm »
Not to derail this thread with ponies, but I can only imagine what this cunt thinks of My Little Pony and the brony fanbase.
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Re: Bachmann's America
« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2012, 04:19:19 pm »
*is too full of RAEG to form a coherent response*

Then please don't read the article. It will bring you to tears.

I've read that suicides were high in Bachmann's district and that it was because of their "no homo promo" policy, but words can't describe how bad it really is. It really hurts me reading stories like these. In this school district, in one school year, 9 gay or gay perceived children committed suicide and many other children attempted suicide or were hospitalized for suicidal tendencies. No child should be bullied to such a level. No child should be bullied at all. The PAL, the children, the school board, and especially Michelle Bachmann should be ashamed of themselves for their actions which led to these 9 deaths, and the many others from years before.

I did read the article. That's where I got the RAEG.

And I might add that shit like this is why I lost faith in the Christian community's ability to change the world for the better. They treat an entire 10 percent of the human population like crap and for no logical reason. Oh, there's the usual horseshit arguments about how homosexuality is bad for society, but the truth is that this school board and others like it are promoting anti-gay policies just because homosexuality is against their religion.

And to blame these suicides on "the Gay Lifestyle" and use them as an excuse to tighten their grip even further? That's cold. In fact, that's -274 degrees Celsius cold. I'm disgusted.

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Re: Bachmann's America
« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2012, 04:27:40 pm »
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With the adults thus distracted by endless policy discussions, the entire district became a place of dread for students. Every time a loudspeaker crackled in class, kids braced themselves for the feared preamble, "We've had a tragic loss." Students spoke in hushed tones; some wept openly in the halls. "It had that feeling of a horror movie – everyone was talking about death," says one 16-year-old student who broke down at Anoka High School one day and was carted off to a psychiatric hospital for suicidal ideation. Over the course of the 2010-2011 school year, 700 students were evaluated for serious mental-health issues, including hospitalizations for depression and suicide attempts. Kids flooded school counselors' offices, which reported an explosion of children engaging in dangerous behaviors like cutting or asphyxiating each other in the "choking game."

700? Why in the goddamn hell haven't these administrators been fired and arrested? Why the hell hasn't anyone launched a criminal investigation?

Jesus fucking Christ, 700 is about 75% of the population of my entire high school.
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Re: Bachmann's America
« Reply #10 on: February 03, 2012, 04:54:13 pm »
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With the adults thus distracted by endless policy discussions, the entire district became a place of dread for students. Every time a loudspeaker crackled in class, kids braced themselves for the feared preamble, "We've had a tragic loss." Students spoke in hushed tones; some wept openly in the halls. "It had that feeling of a horror movie – everyone was talking about death," says one 16-year-old student who broke down at Anoka High School one day and was carted off to a psychiatric hospital for suicidal ideation. Over the course of the 2010-2011 school year, 700 students were evaluated for serious mental-health issues, including hospitalizations for depression and suicide attempts. Kids flooded school counselors' offices, which reported an explosion of children engaging in dangerous behaviors like cutting or asphyxiating each other in the "choking game."

700? Why in the goddamn hell haven't these administrators been fired and arrested? Why the hell hasn't anyone launched a criminal investigation?

Jesus fucking Christ, 700 is about 75% of the population of my entire high school.

Because the schools launched fake investigations and then said "Nope, nothing to do with bullying or the policies on how we treat the topic of LGBTs".

There isn't enough cleansing fire in the world for this bullshit.

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Re: Bachmann's America
« Reply #11 on: February 03, 2012, 05:16:40 pm »
Which is why we send these idiots into the sun!

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Re: Bachmann's America
« Reply #12 on: February 03, 2012, 05:47:37 pm »
Remember, not too long ago Bachmann claimed focusing on curbing bullying would emasculate boys.

That statement ALONE, even if the gay suicides weren't taking place, would be rage-worthy.  Bullying is BAD, period.
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« Reply #13 on: February 03, 2012, 06:00:48 pm »
Bachmann's a Muslim fundie.  The only reason she's against Shia law is she doesn't want to cover her face, though so many wished she would.
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Re: Bachmann's America
« Reply #14 on: February 03, 2012, 06:10:40 pm »
Disgusting. Barb Andersen, if I ever meet you in person, I will tear out your jaw.
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