Golden Rule Pledge Encourages Christians To Take Anti-Bullying Stand
At 1:09 pm on October 22, 2010
With national media attention centered on anti-bullying campaigns, the Golden Rule Pledge has released a series of resources for church youth leaders and educators to help Christian students take a lead in combatting the bullying of gay and lesbian classmates.
Golden Rule Pledge is an effort to raise awareness of bullying and harassment of transgender, gay, lesbian and bisexually identified students. Golden Rule Pledge was started in 2008 by Pennsylvania college professor Warren Throckmorton and Michael Frey of Campus Crusade for Christ. It organizes a national day of silence to bring attention to bullying and harrasment of gay and lesbian sutdents in schools. Students can take a pledge based on Luke 6:31 to treat others the way they would like to be treated.
"I urge people of faith to minimize ideological worries and become part of the solution to bullying in schools," Throckmorton said. "A middle school student who is bullied daily doesn't care about religious differences. He needs help. In September, three young teens ended their lives after prolonged anti-gay harassment. Churches can play a vital role in partnering with schools and other community groups to model the Golden Rule -- treat others the way I want to be treated."
Much national media attention has focused on the launch of nationally syndicated columnist Dan Savage's It Gets Better Project. President Barack Obama released an anti-bullying video yesterday as part of the project.