Bullies on parade

Brian Jones
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It’s easy for bullies these days. They can bully the dweeb or the dark kid, and the educrats will only say, “Now, now children … be nice.”

News reports this week revealed that bullies in Westport — population 200; IQ considerably less — are having a veritable field day, targeting the single black kid in town.

It got so bad that the boy’s parents went to the media.

If social media is any indication, their tactic might work. Their son, Grade 5 pupil Torrence Collier, was sent plenty of supportive comments on Facebook, including a moving missive by Shaun Majumder, a swarthy Indo-Californian comedian whose lineage traces all the way back to rural Newfoundland.

CBC-TV reported the Newfoundland and Labrador Eastern School District’s response to the situation in Westport was to hold “diversity and anti-bullying presentations.”

To borrow some educrat jargon, this merely enables the bullies.

Instead, swift action was needed. Identify the bullies, and punish them immediately. They got away with their repulsive behaviour this long because there were no consequences until their bullying was publicized.

The proud parents of Westport were probably confused when the vicious antics of their offspring made headlines across Canada. After all, the children’s obnoxious behaviour was learned … where? From TV? On the Internet? At home?

Brats are not born. They are created. Any teacher or minor sports coach knows this. So, Westport parents, take a bow and bask in the glow of your infamy. Your bratty, bullying progeny have humiliated you in the eyes of a nation.

Bigger bullies

Meanwhile, bullies grow up, graduate from university, get jobs, hold impressive offices or titles, and continue their bullying ways.

The bullies who run Trinity Western University (TWU) in Langley, B.C., haven’t targeted dark-skinned people, but they have made the news for coming out against gay people.

Students and staff at TWU must sign a “community covenant,” promising not to be gay. TWU wants to open a law school in 2016. The law societies of several provinces are pondering whether — given the outright bigotry at TWU — they will recognize the degrees of TWU law school graduates and grant them entrance to the bar. (“A gay bar!” TWU administrators might gasp in horror.)

Ontario’s law society has voted no. Given TWU’s anti-gay policy, its law school graduates will not be accredited in Ontario.

B.C. lawyers voted overwhelmingly this week — 3,210 to 968 — to not accept TWU law school graduates into the B.C. bar.

Nova Scotia’s law society has voted to accept TWU’s law school graduates to its bar only if the university drops its anti-gay policy.

Imagine — lawyers behaving admirably.

TWU has institutionalized bullying. Its administration is no better than those brats in Westport. Worse, in fact, because they are adults and should have outgrown their bullying tendencies.

It’s ironic how racists, bigots and bullies insist these days that they have rights, too. And indeed they do. It’s one of the wonderful things of a free society that people have the right to be what they want — including a racist or bigot.

But they should be reminded that their racism and bigotry rights end where another person’s rights begin. “Our religious beliefs prevent us from allowing gay people to attend our school,” doesn’t pass the test.

The Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador benchers (directors) displayed cowardice this week by not taking a position on the issue. Instead, they opted to wait and see what happens with TWU’s legal challenge to the decisions of the more courageous law societies in Ontario and Nova Scotia.

Lawyers in this province should follow the lead of lawyers in B.C., and hold their own vote to force the law society to do the right thing.

Brian Jones is a desk editor at The Telegram. He can be reached at bjones@thetelegram.com

and can be found on Facebook.

Organizations: Trinity Western University, The Telegram

Geographic location: Westport, Ontario, Canada Langley Nova Scotia Newfoundland and Labrador Nova Scotia.Lawyers

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Recent comments

  • Eric Alcock
    June 13, 2014 - 22:18

    Apparently we must all support Brian Jones' penchant for the promotion of sinful perversions in order not to qualify as bullies and bigots. He seems to have no understanding or respect for religious freedom. Nor does he take a very accurate and comprehensive approach to Trinity Western's covenant which is simply based on the sexual ethics of the Bible. God therefore certainly approves of this covenant. I imagine Mr. Jones might stammer a bit over that one, or would he?

  • Brian
    June 13, 2014 - 18:03

    TWU does not require anyone to not be gay. TWU holds to the traditional view of marriage, which is protected by the Civil Marriage Act, the Constitution, and the Supreme Court of Canada. Equating it to racism is ridiculous. The application for a law school was reviewed for over 2 years by the Canadian Federation of Law Societies, who brought together the top legal minds in the nation. They approved the program, as did the BC Gov't, the BC Law Society, and several other provinces. MP's are standing up for TWU in Ottawa, as are several LGBT lawyers who have taken the time the learn the facts. Do you think that the average person with a Twitter account (or the author of this article) somehow sees something that the experts have missed. The only bullies here are the 3210 lawyers in BC who voted based on social agenda instead of the law. Shameful, disgusting, and another reason to support the need for TWU's ethics and values in this otherwise corrupt profession.

  • TWprof
    June 13, 2014 - 13:58

    It is erroneous to state that Trinity Western University requires students to promise not to be gay. Perhaps you should go read the community covenant. It is right there on the website. Members of the community agree to abstain from sexual intimacy outside of marriage. It applies to straights and gays. But the Community Covenant promotes the strong community that Trinity Western is known for because it is rooted in respect and well-being for all members of the community. There is no bullying involved, except by the law societies who wish to prevent graduates from being lawyers.

  • Frank
    June 13, 2014 - 10:59

    Stopped reading at the casual slag at the intelligence of the entire community.

  • Anti-Social Media?
    June 13, 2014 - 09:19

    If social media is pouring it's heart out in support of a town with a challenge to get past, does that make this, mainstream media, the anti-social's choice media? The field day's in Jones' head, maybe? There is an agenda here that has little to do with young Mr. Collier at all, I am guessing.

  • Self-supporting Media "Controversies"
    June 13, 2014 - 09:02

    The funny, disparaging IQ comment about this entire hamlet sharing a common intelligence is quite humorous writing, to self-referencing genius-bigots. I won't say this is bad work, just poor writing. I have no idea what TC Media pays Brian Jones for, but I am forming an opinion. IQ-ism was a wonderful tool that kept many European immigrants out of the USA. Scientific racism didn't exist institutionally until after the enlightenment, only fear of the unknown and simple religious/ethnic/class bigotry was know before. Jones may not be aware that he has the right to remain silent in our society. He should exercise it until he further educates himself, to enable some explication, at least. His employer demands output however, and we get punished because of it, with his premature blather. Yes, the semi-colon makes it all work Brian, you are golden in grammer my son, we are not that mad...but are you a writer, or a C++ programmer? A natural writer would not write that sentence, that way. A natural writer of integrity doesn't jump through regional hoops, he exposes them. And City Fathers, please, just earmark the cash and build a lawschool already. Do we need to justify everything based off of the behavior of a socially retarded minority that picks on blacks and gays, unless they are celebrities on TV? We don't need a law school, and we don't need RCMP fighting racism and bigotry for us. They got all the internal that they can handle right now, and we got a steady stream of west coast students going in, and coming out, of law schools, close to home, looking for work, in St. John's. They don't have SuperDuperTown-IQ, but we don't discriminate on that anymore now, do we? So, if the sons and daughters of the bible thumpers in w.port can get a handle on their youngsters and give the "son of Ham" a break, and Felix Collins can finally get over this important national law controversy, and get some sleep......Y-A-W-N.

  • B
    June 13, 2014 - 07:45

    "News reports this week revealed that bullies in Westport — population 200; IQ considerably less" Now who's the bully?

  • Chantal
    June 13, 2014 - 07:35

    I expect some right-wing wag will start droning on about "political correctness," as a justification for endorsing systemic bigotry.

  • JC
    June 13, 2014 - 06:45

    What garbage. There is no hierarchy of rights. Identity politics are not the highest good in our society. TWU can't bully adults who voluntarily attend there. That's absolutely ludicrous. Bullies are individuals who choose to act beyond the law, pretend it doesn't apply. For that you will need to turn to the shameful BC lawyers who chose not to recognize the law in their mission to trump religious freedom.

  • JC
    June 13, 2014 - 06:44

    What garbage. There is no hierarchy of rights. Identity politics are not the highest good in our society. TWU can't bully adults who voluntarily attend there. That's absolutely ludicrous.

    • Petertwo
      June 13, 2014 - 12:44

      An IQ less than 200 is a slur? With the average IQ being 90-119, around 130 is considered high where special ed kicks in for those so gifted, according to various IQ testings. That was not a slur but a simple general statement of the overall population, unlike "socially retarded minority". Mentioning Brian Jones' livelihood, at least to me, is threatening and bullying; but, allowing a regional hoop to be exposed and verifying the IQ .