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Work together to end bullying

March 17, 2013

To the editor: When it comes to the recent tragedies involving “bullycide,” how are we as parents supposed to cope? As a community? In school bullying, we are being left with cries for help that......

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Mar-19-13 6:41 PM

I am glad my God is a loving and forgiving God. If it were not the case we would all rot in Hell. So...If we only go to Heaven if we ask for forgivness before we die...What about those killed in car accidents? Or murder? No one is above sin. Whether it is the sin of murder or coveting, we all sin. So unless you get hit by a bus you did not see right after communion and a stray unclean thought has not crossed your mind in those 5 minutes...You are doomed to Hell? I think not. God loves us and does not want us to suffer eternally. I believe we can pray for otrhers souls..If it were not so, Jesus will be the only one there at the end.

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Mar-19-13 3:17 PM

@WilliamWallace- Your statement is aimed at the magnitude of what we as humans think is really bad or even an unforgiveable sin. The concept that if a christian sins, they will not be accepted into heaven is predicated on the idea that they did not repent from their last sin. That said....A truly born again Christian lives an imperfect life until the day they leave this earth. Contratry to what many people believe, going to heaven is not determined by weighing ones good deeds vs. bad deeds. Salvation is based upon the belief and acceptance of Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.

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Mar-18-13 5:11 PM

Only belief in a higher authority than ourselves has ever mitigated selfish human impulse that harm others, kratos, and that has manifested itself through shared religious beliefs throughout history. Secular relativism is the antithesis of shared belief and the common restraints it places on human interaction.

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Mar-18-13 2:27 PM

If you need some ancient book and some omnipotent judge to scare you into "knowing what is right or wrong" then you are a threat to society. I kill and rape as many people as I want. You know how many that is? 0, because I, as a human being, do not want to rape or murder because hurting others is wrong. God doesn't need to tell me it's wrong, people's faces and reactions I our actions tell me it is wrong. Now, go stone some prostitute, curse her with damnation, and then when she asks forgiveness, forgive her. Then take back all the welts and broken bones from the stones. You can't can you? How about leaving the judging to no one and the loving to all? Kratos has spoken!

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Mar-18-13 1:59 PM

Always such a touchy subject. I am never shocked at such an outpouring of grief for those who decided taking their life was the only option remaining. I am, however, shocked at the stories of those who knew and loved the departed who seem to know that person was bullied, harassed, disputed internally, or whatever led to ending their life. Nobody really understands bullying, they just all agree it happens. All the rhetoric surrounding a tragedy AFTER the fact is simply futile and does not further the quest to end what causes many suicides in the first place.

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Mar-18-13 8:09 AM

kratos - public officials are exactly the so called adults I'm talking about! The politicians bully their way through their terms - need to get the ones that won't work together without the bullying out of there!

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Mar-17-13 8:20 PM

or morals, sorry

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Mar-17-13 8:19 PM

William, I do not know where his beleifs come from, but I beleive if you are a decent person, treat others with respect and just go about your life you are not going to rot in hell.

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Mar-17-13 3:12 PM

Anderson, I believe we are talking about bullies, bullycide, and morals regarding suicide. I don't think we were talking about public officials. My point is simply, one does not have to claim a belief in an invisible man to live a good life. To scare people with the thought of "eternal damnation" if they commit suicide is ridiculous. Suicide is usually a result of a deep seated mental illness, and damnation is not, nor has ever been a deterrent to suicide. I really don't care if you worship Odin, Jesus, the Flying Spaghetti god, or Ra; just keep your beliefs to yourself and let others live their lives according to their own moral code.

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Mar-17-13 2:44 PM

wkupia: HOPE you are you in touch with that Chicago crowd now in DC with that suggestion; it's sorely needed there (as it was, and is yet, in Chicago).

Kratos: Secular relativists, of whom we have many now in public office, by definition, do not.

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Mar-17-13 11:21 AM

William, I presume you are of the mindset that only a god fearing christian has a solid set of morals. Don't you think a person can have a moral driven life without a belief in some invisible man? Kratos has spoken!

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Mar-17-13 7:02 AM

Until adults end their bullying behavior, it's pretty hard to convince kids that it's wrong. It would be wonderful if the younger generation could set a better example for the adults to follow. There IS hope for the younger generation!

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