Julianne Malveaux: The Painful Consequences of Bullying Among Children

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by Dr. Julianne Malveaux, President – Bennett College for Women

I hope you watched Extreme Home Makeover on December 2, as I did.  For me it was an opportunity of pride, as Bennett student Dominique Walker was featured, with her family, for a trip to Los Angeles, and a home upgrade.  Why?  Because her family remained in pain because their 11 year old brother killed himself after vicious bullying.

Carl Walker-Hoover was hazed because folks thought he was gay.  He was bothered, bullied, and besieged.  He tried to talk to folks, but he eventually found out that no one wanted to hear what he had to say.  He hung himself at home, and the family avoided his bedroom because they were in pain.



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  1. Gay people kill them selves because Christians tell them that God hates gay people. Or God hates gay acts. They tell gay people that they are destined to hell. Therefore, the gay children, thinks that their God, does not love them, and decides to go to God and start their punishment, or die and see if there is a God at all. Our religions are killing these children. Because, if God hates Gay people, or gay acts, people feel entitled to spread their self righteous hatred towards children, who may even believe they are not worthy of life, coming from their own parents and family. People need to be taught in church , that you can be gay and Christian at the same time. If you are gay, and have an attraction for the same sex, it is not a sin to act on your feelings. If you are bisexual, and you have a choice, then to avoid hazing, and the possiblity of sinning, you should choose to be straight. If you are straight, and you have sex with the same sex, than you are sinning, because you are going against what your natural feelings are. Even if you look at what Good proclaiimed while talking to Moses, he did not say all sexual relations with man to mankind are prohibited. Did not say the person was going to hell. God only said a mankind should not lie with mankind as with woman kind. Which means, there is no prohibition to lesbian acts. Also, you will notice that God prohibited all sexual relations on other verses, but for man to man situations. God told man not lie down with manking, like womankind. Thus, since the sexual relations is general and broad, that means something different than lie down with. I think that lie down with means genital to anal copulation. If you take in consideration that physically speaking 1% of all children born in America are born having both female and male organs, hermaphrodites, intersexed, or androgynous. Which means that over 3 million children are physically, if not metally, both sexes, and doctors or parents choose which gender the child will be. These children are both male and female, but are neither completely male or female. Thus, these children would not be the audience God prohibited. Then the next question is if mentally a person feels like he is a female stuck in a man’s body. The body is the temple, but the mind and will of a person is his soul. So if that person gets a sex change, does that physically born male become a woman? Or if the soul is the mind and the will of the person, and if that person thinks he is a woman, is that man a person that God was prohibiting? I say this all to say that God is the only one who can judge these people, who are the exceptions to what way the majority of people are.

    As a Chistian, I believe that if you are born hetrosexual, and you know you are a man, then it would not be right for you to lie with a man as you would a woman. But no one knows a person’s soul but God. Therefore, we have to teach people to be more tolerant, less judgmental, and give an argument to the gay children, that they are the beloved children of God, and they will not suffer an everlasting hell in a lake of fire. If more religions would take my view, less children would kill themselves.

    • Attorney Mike:

      Like you and Dr. Malveaux, I am deeply concerned about bullying and the consequences that follow. However, I am writing to address your reply to this article. First, I am confused by your assertion that Christians are the cause of young people that profess to be homosexual suicidal actions. How do you know this? Is this merely your opinion? Where is your opinion derived? Did a young homosexual you know personally write a suicide letter indicating such?

      Secondly, are gay children the only ones that think they may be destined to hell for their sins and inequities. Doesn’t the bible state that sin of any kind leads to death? What about all the heterosexual children and adults that are constantly reminded about the consequences of fornication (whether it’s hetero or homosexual).

      Third, you say that religions are killing the children. Really? Or is that the ignorance of people, young people included that fail to read the bible themselves and understand what God has said may be the result of their death. Hosea 4: 6 (here God say’s my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge). The church has and should teach about sin. The church is not doing a disservice by telling people God’s position on homosexuality. However, if the church is differentiating between sins then that is not accordance with God’s word.

      You said: “People need to be taught in church , that you can be gay and Christian at the same time. If you are gay, and have an attraction for the same sex, it is not a sin to act on your feelings.”

      Yes, a person can be whatever they want. However, as a Christian to engage in sin (here we are talking specifically about sexual immorality) is an abomination. Therefore, to be Christian and homosexual is sinful and displeases God, much like to be Christian, heterosexual and engage in fornication. Please read I Corinthians 6:9-11; Leviticus 18:22, these are but two of the numerous scriptures throughout the bible that discusses the sin of homosexuality. But it is important to note that homosexuality is treated no differently than any other sin. So your lengthy dissertation about lesbians and hermaphrodites, etc., is unnecessary in my opinion.

      Fourth, your assertion that we all need to be more compassionate, patient, understanding and less judgmental (this is my paraphrase) is absolutely correct. In fact, judgment is a sin: Luke 6:37; Romans 2:1-3; Matthew 7: 1-5 to cite a few. Yes, we need to teach others not to judge for there are no hierarchy of sins, sin is sin and all sin displeases God.

      • When the word g-o-d is used I am always wondering just what is meant. As far as I am able to determine that three-letter word is an English language word of recent vintage in terms of the journey of humankind. As you might know, about 3 years ago the last Bo language speaker, Boa Sr., died and a language became extinct after more than 65,000 years in use. Nothing associated with the English language is more that 6,000 years old. Hence, the source of your information would seem to be very limited. Every variety of Christianity had its birth within Catholicism and that is new in terms of the journey of humankind.

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