American Visio – November 8, 2010
Why Liberals Can’t Deal with Bullying
By Gary DeMar
The television show “Glee” (a show I’ve never seen) is going to deal with bullying later this season. I suspect that bullying has been going on for a long time. The strong often prey on the weak for any number of reasons. Bullies are cowards. They are middle management. Those at the top of the social pecking order hardly ever bully. They don’t need to. Those in the middle bully to claim what’s left of the territory held by those at the top. They can’t succeed by hard work, intelligence, or social status, so they bully to artificially raise their standing. By pushing the weak down, they falsely elevate themselves. Bullies rarely stop. They go through life denigrating everybody they meet. It’s the only way they can feel important and superior. The Bible describes this as “lording it over” (Matt. 20:25) rather than acting as servants (vv. 26-28).
The demands of Christian worldview require that bullying be rejected. Christians should be protectors and guardians no matter who is being bullied. For some young people, bullying is a way of life. I was never bullied, so it is difficult for me to comprehend going to school every day in fear of some thug or group of thugs who might stuff me in a locker or worse. The only time I saw bullying take place was on a school bus. My good friend JB was being pushed around by an upperclassman. I intervened because I could. (Being able to bench press 350 pounds as a 16-year old may have had something to do with it.) The expression of thanks on JB’s face is still with me. I wasn’t the only one who stood between the bully and the bullied. It didn’t take long for the bullies to get the message that there were fellow-students who would not tolerate weaker kids being pushed around.
The moral climate today is different from the way it was 40 years ago. Bullying could not be justified then since the remnants of a Christian worldview were still operating. Given what we know about what public school children are being taught today, bullying is natural. The strong can and should bully the weak. The survival of the fittest is a biological and scientific fact justified by the major tenets of evolution. Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, the Columbine shooters, justified their actions based on Natural Selection (see here). In fact, Harris was wearing “a white T-shirt with the inscription ‘Natural Selection’ on its front.” It was based on a video game of the same name. “The game’s World Wide Web site says it encompasses a ‘realm where anything can happen,’ a place for the ‘bravest of the brave and the fiercest of the fierce. … It’s a place where survival of the fittest takes a very literal meaning. … It’s the natural way, it’s Natural Selection.”