It Gets Better: Atheists for a Bully-free World

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It Gets Better: Atheists for a Bully-free World

Atheists for a Bully-free World

Location: USA
Members: 43
Latest Activity: May 30

Welcome to It Gets Better

Bullying and teen suicide are nothing new, but in recent years we have become increasingly aware of the damage bullying does ― to both children and adults alike ― with what seems to be a sudden spike in teen suicides related to being bulled.

 

The death of a child, particularly at his or her own hands, is never acceptable. It is a blight on human society that schools do not do more to prevent this, that parents can raise their children to be mean and spiteful to others, and that bullied kids don't have a support system on which they can rely when they are faced with feelings of despair and isolation.

 

The content of this group will undoubtedly be difficult to deal with. It is painful to see children ostracized from their peers, and made to feel as if they don't matter or don't belong. Of course, bullying is not confined to schools, either. Many adults experience bullying at home or in the workplace as well. All these issues will be explored in this group. 

 

 

 

ONGOING THREADS
In Memoriam: Remembering the Victims of Bullying
Coping with Bullying: Videos, News, and PSAs 

 

EXTERNAL LINKS
StopBullying.gov
It Gets Better Project
It Gets Better Project - Official YouTube Channel
The Trevor Project
Jared Story.com
Bullying Education.org
Bullycide in America
Respect U
The Price of Hate
Kindness Above Malice
School Bullying Council
Parent's Guide to Preventing and Responding to Bullying

Discussion Forum

How introverts react to extrovert bullying

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck May 30. 7 Replies

School Climate can decrease Bullying

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck May 30. 1 Reply

Childhood Bullying Can Leave Lifelong Scars

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Steph S. Nov 24, 2013. 2 Replies

When bullying goes high-tech

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jun 22, 2013. 1 Reply

The Bully Economy hits families

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jun 16, 2013. 0 Replies

Bullying within Atheism

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Luara Apr 13, 2013. 8 Replies

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Comment by Susan Stanko on May 11, 2012 at 9:09am

I recognized the quote, just not the name.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 11, 2012 at 1:49am

Loren, I suspect the ones who don't recognize Donne are a generation younger than we. Perhaps?

Comment by Loren Miller on May 10, 2012 at 4:31pm

Oh, COME ON, guys!  "No man is an island, entire of himself..."  Aaaah, what the heck, here's the whole thing:

No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind.  And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.
-- John Donne

Comment by Steph S. on May 10, 2012 at 3:39pm
Such intelligent comments. Jonathan, Loren and Sentient I agree with you. It's easy to see who the hateful ones are yes. Loren you are correct in assuming they don't know Donne. Sentient most people do show apathy toward bullying. It doesn't affect them so they aren't concerned.
Comment by Loren Miller on May 10, 2012 at 3:20pm

John Donne's philosophy seems to be lost on these people.  Of course, many of them have never HEARD of John Donne, either.

Big surprise, eh?

Comment by Sentient Biped on May 10, 2012 at 3:16pm

One of the challenges for me, is the lack of outrage, and even lack of interest, makes these crimes see acceptable.  "Look at this awful crime - these white supremist kids murdered an innocent black man as a random act of hate" "Oh wait, he's gay - never mind." or in Champion's case, "He was a black man killed by other black men - it can't be a hate crime.  Must have been something wrong with him".  The action,  was beating and murder of an innocent person.  That people don't seem interested makes that action seem acceptable in "polite" society.  Normalization of violence, against people who are "them" makes simple bullying also seem normal and acceptable. 

Comment by Steph S. on May 10, 2012 at 2:49pm
I agree with Joan ... Jonathan that was such a perfect comment. The churches are full of hateful people.
Comment by Joan Denoo on May 10, 2012 at 2:14pm

Jonathan, you wrote, "Too often churches are just another place to bring the like-minded hateful together."

PERFECTLY STATED!

Comment by Loren Miller on May 10, 2012 at 1:19pm

You know your god is man-made when he hates all the same people you do.
-- from Usenet

Comment by Sentient Biped on May 9, 2012 at 7:29pm

A follow up on Robert Champion and the comments here by Loren and Jonathan.  This from Ebony.com“The story of Robert Champion continues to show how Black media is uncomfortable championing LGBT issues when they show up in our own community.”  Given how NOM has tried to manipulate feelings of racism in the LGBT community - and it is there - and feelings of homophobia in the African American community - and that is there too - I don't want to fall into the notorious NOM trap.  To be double-isolated from both communities seems especially harsh and cruel.   The article goes into more detail and brings up the murder of Craig Anderson, the 48-year-old Black man who was murdered a group of racist, white Mississippi teenagers in June 2011 but more or less forgotten once it was revealed he was gay.

 

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