The Economist ran an interesting article on Dan Savage and his recent foot in mouth incident. http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2012/05/christians-gays-and-bullying When addressing the topic of bullying at an anti bullying rally he attacked Christian beliefs basically accusing Christians of being hypocrites. While I do not entirely agree it is arguable that this point may have some weight but he made it with the usual Dan Savage style. I have never been a big fan of Dan Savage the use of foul language to make a point degrades most of his arguments in my opinion. In making his point Mr Savage used the terms “pansy-assed” and referred to the “bullshit in the Bible about all sorts of things.”
The Economist ran a very balanced article for the most part however I am not sure I agree with the article’s assertion that;
“Bullying is the strong picking on the weak, not the other way around (the other way around is satire).”
In my opinion bullying is the use of aggression when an imbalance of power gives someone the advantage either physically or intellectually.
They go on to say that;
“One could make the argument that in the case of Mr Savage’s speech, he was the strong one, and the high-school students were “victims”, but that would be weak tea indeed. “
On that I also do not agree. Mr Savage is intimidating it is his schtick it is how he gains power over his opponents. Savage is very capable of being a bully.
Also shock Jocks are a good example of this as well. While Glen Beck is not powerful either physically or intellectually he is nonetheless a bully.
We do not seem to understand what bullying is if the anti bullying front becomes the bully have we improved the world.
When confronted with aggression or with bullies what does Christianity say to do?
27 ¶ But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,
28 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.
29 And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also.
30 Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again.
31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.