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Christian Coalition Leader Says Anti-Gay Bullying Not An Issue in Schools, Calls it Part of Growing Up: VIDEO


The Christian Coalition of California's Robert Newman says the group plans to mobilize to fight the state's LGBT History Law, the recently-passed SB48, Think Progress LGBT reports.

Speaking at a convention in L.A. where he was handing out pamphlets on the dangers of the "gay lifestyle," Newman said that there's no need for the law because anti-gay bullying is "hardly...a real issue" and the bullying that does exist (which causes many LGBTQ kids to commit suicide each year) is "part of the maturational process."


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  1. Bet he'd have a different opinion if it were anti-xian bullying. Oh, that's right... only priests and adult old xians pedos have a right to abuse and molest young children... And they, of course, teach all the young xians to do the same to get them ready to 'serve'(service?) the church.

    Posted by: MikeInSanJose | Sep 19, 2011 8:31:19 PM

  2. Bullying is a part of growing up, for most people. But most kids have parents and the support of people within the school to counsel, defend, and protect them. Gay kids rarely have this. Additionally, they have the idea that if they were to be honest with their parents they might be ostracized. Where is the rash of suicides by straight kids? Why do gay kids make up almost half the homeless teenage population? The stats speak the truth. This idiot cannot.

    Posted by: greg | Sep 19, 2011 8:36:30 PM

  3. He has literally wrapped himself up in a flag. If he hadn't been bullied he would now be out and proud.

    Posted by: Hysterical Record | Sep 19, 2011 8:53:53 PM

  4. Lawrence King cannot grow up.

    Posted by: sparks | Sep 19, 2011 8:53:54 PM

  5. This shows how people whose beliefs are like those of Robert Newman do not value human lives when said humans are queer.
    How despicable.

    Posted by: Bill_HB | Sep 19, 2011 8:56:49 PM

  6. Sidenote: his reverence for the flag is really impressive.

    Posted by: tranquilo | Sep 19, 2011 9:10:12 PM

  7. It is amazing how hate blinds people so much that they are fine with coming across like ignorant cows!

    Posted by: Arturo Beeche | Sep 19, 2011 9:13:02 PM

  8. Bullying is a part of growing up? He professes to be a Christian and is still OK with this? Oh, that's right, he's not an actual Christian, he's one of the mob of Xtianists/Christaints/... that have infested this nation.

    Posted by: justinw | Sep 19, 2011 9:20:37 PM

  9. ASSH*LE.../vent

    Posted by: bandanajack | Sep 19, 2011 9:21:10 PM

  10. Which gospel is he getting this from? I missed that in parochial school.

    Posted by: candideinnc | Sep 19, 2011 9:35:24 PM

  11. Am I the only one who thinks he seems a bit, oh I don't know, Marcus Bachmannesque?

    Posted by: Sam | Sep 19, 2011 9:47:32 PM

  12. Ah yes been drive to suicide by bullies usually lead to maturation- he sounds very sane which makes him even scarier.

    Posted by: jaragon | Sep 19, 2011 10:12:31 PM

  13. They're ALL that way Sam.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Sep 19, 2011 10:12:33 PM

  14. OK, so anti-gay bullying is no big deal, but I bet they'd say anti-Christian bullying (if such a thing exists) should be a capital crime.

    Posted by: Jeff K. | Sep 19, 2011 10:16:25 PM

  15. This heartless monster has a 21st century CE (!) homophobe's reading of Mark 10:14 - Suffer, little children! (Or if you're LGBT, "Hurry up and die")

    Posted by: Hue-Man | Sep 19, 2011 10:27:11 PM

  16. Bullying is a serious problem in American culture, especially in schools. Many of us in the Christian Right disagree with Mr. Newman's position. I don't for a minute dismiss the damange done to individuals by bulling, and this includes gay individuals. In my opnion, schools should definitely deal with this issue, even if it means discussing homosexuality to an extent. What could be wrong with teaching kids that no matter how you feel about gays or gay rights issue, bullying is vile and unacceptable behavior? I see no problem with teaching this.

    Posted by: Mary | Sep 19, 2011 10:55:03 PM

  17. What he seems to forget that even in cases of extreme bullying, more than a few straight kids have committed suicide. Bullying is not the simple name calling, wedgies and spit balls of his day. Today's bullies have Facebook and gangs. They have YouTube and guns and death threats and phone calls to the victim's cell phones and worse. It's nonstop and very aggressive.

    This isn't the 50s anymore, gramps. Times have changed so all parents and schools better wake up and get a clue.

    Posted by: johnny | Sep 19, 2011 11:05:58 PM

  18. Well it's not a problem for straight kids that fit in perfectly. So he has no reason to care about the kids that have their confidence stomped on day in and day out.

    Posted by: Mike | Sep 19, 2011 11:18:13 PM

  19. Yeah. What do you want to bet that this old twit was a horrible bully in his day. Yet his mouth did not get that flappy and round just from whistling.

    Damn, he looks familiar.

    Now this geezer just wears a flag and preaches the opposite from the CHURCH OF HATE!

    Nice flag shirt by the way. Most likely his grandkids just gave him that to shut him up.

    Posted by: Mike | Sep 19, 2011 11:31:37 PM

  20. Like I've said before, these people are making as much money as they can off the backs of homosexuals and others. They know their gravy train is soon to ride off into the sunset of tolerance and acceptance.

    What makes me sick is that "good xtians" hardly every talk out against these money grubbers pitched in hatred. There is no arguing with them cause ANYONE who calls themselves religious are unassailable.

    Posted by: slatefish | Sep 19, 2011 11:44:36 PM

  21. @Sparks Simple truth, well said.

    Posted by: Skooter McGoo | Sep 20, 2011 12:15:08 AM

  22. And you shall know the Beast by it's cloak of of pious nationalism. Read somewhere that fascism would come draped in the American flag.

    Posted by: Gunga Dean | Sep 20, 2011 2:03:27 AM

  23. well, of course bullying is not a problem for good christian children in school. they just need something to do with their hands while they are not paying attention to the teachers............and gay children are so very convenient and 'there'.........

    Posted by: littlebadwolf | Sep 20, 2011 2:09:33 AM

  24. It's not an "LGBT History law". It's the FAIR act. That's an acronym (all political movements are reduced to acronyms!) for Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful Education. It mandates that gays be included in school lesson plans. It also addresses sexual orientation in discrimination policy. This isn't one of those silly special interest history months!

    Posted by: James | Sep 20, 2011 7:27:59 AM

  25. Anti-gay bullying usually leads to physical and sexual abuse. I was abused in this way by bullies throughout middle and high school.

    If you do a literature review of the studies on bullying, academics have known that it leads to physical and sexual abuse.

    Yet, the professionals in education still don't care.

    Right wingers control the public schools.

    Posted by: Josh | Sep 20, 2011 7:44:13 AM

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