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Matt Barber on How to Deal with Bullies

By April 22, 2012

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So, the Christian approach to dealing with bullies is to turn the other cheek, right? Not according to Matt Barber -- at least, not when the "bullies" are the "secular left" who are trying to "intimidate" decent, god-fearing Christians. Instead of turning the other cheek, Matt Barber's recommendation for dealing with them is to punch them in the mouth.

Because that's exactly what Jesus did when confronting the secular left in his own time, right?

On his "Faith and Freedom" radio program, Matt Barber said:

They're bullies. And we know that we people stand up to the bully on the playground - the bully on the playground intimidates, that's what he does, intimidates people into silence, into fear, into avoiding the bully.

And oftentimes the bully is the paper tiger and when the righteous individual who is being bullied defends his or herself and punches the bully in the mouth, guess what, the bully more times than not has a glass jaw, falls down and then everyone on the playground says "whoa, the bully was a weakling after all."

That's the secularist left. The secularist left are bullies. They try to bully and intimidate and push religious intolerance and religious bigotry on everyone else.

Source: Right Wing Watch

And what do you suppose the "bullying" is that Matt Barber is talking about? Well, it seems to be the fact that the "secular left" objects to Christians' faith-based bigotry against gays -- and especially efforts by Christians to get their faith-based bigotry exempted from general rules and regulations that prohibit such bigotry.

When bigotry is faith-based it has to be protected as a sacred right that's more important than anyone else's basic human right to be free from bigotry and discrimination. As we all know, sacred god-given rights and duties to follow god-given laws are much, much more important than any puny, insignificant "human" rights -- not that people who break God's laws should be considered fully "human" with "rights" in the first place, eh?

April 23, 2012 at 4:18 pm
(1) P Smith says:

Barber is truly clueless, isn’t he?

Remember the case in Florida last year where Jorge Saavedra (14) stabbed bully Dylan Nuno (16) to death after trying to avoid his tormentor (e.g. running away, getting off the school bus several stops early, etc.)? The judge ruled that there was no crime and Saavedra was never charged. (Unfortunately, the idiotic “stand your ground” law was applied rather than self defense laws which would have sufficed.)

The father of the bully didn’t quite see it that way. He idiotically argued that his son, the bully, should have been allowed to carry a gun to “protect himself”. If Nuno hadn’t been a violent thug in the first place, if the father had been a good parent instead of encouraging his son to be a bully, the boy would still be alive. Having a gun would likely have made Nuno even more violent.

The same applies to religious thugs like Barber. They are the bullies, and atheists (and others) are standing up to them. Like all bullies, they want to get their way through force and violence, and can’t mentally deal with those who don’t cower when confronted. Their only recourse is to pretend to be the victim, and when many of the population share the same bullying mentality, it’s easy to find sympathetic (or just pathetic) ears.


April 27, 2012 at 9:56 pm
(2) Sally says:

Well, Jesus *was* a bully. His ‘universal brotherhood’ only applied to the in-group – to those who did not accept the ‘message,’ he “came not to bring peace, but a sword.”

And, like the islamic “Let there be no compulsion in religion,” Jesus’ “Turn the other cheek” came from the early stage of the religion, when its adherents were relatively powerless. As soon as both groups had the power of a State and an army behind them, they were quite happy to bully others.

April 28, 2012 at 2:41 pm
(3) Grandpa In The East says:

Well done P Smith.

Bigotry alone is bullying, and, speaking only for myself, all Christians are to some degree, however camaflaged are bigoted.


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