I believe that the first step is for every parent, grandparent, aunt, and uncle
to take a serious look at the examples they are for the children in their lives.
Do we treat any of our neighbors or coworkers with less dignity than they
deserve? Do we participate in name-calling? Do we stereotype people? Do we
exclude people from our lives just because they are different? Do we forbid our
children to play with the neighbor kids because they don't belong to the
same church? Do we gossip about the family down the street? Do we post mean
comments about others on news articles, Facebook, or Twitter?We may
be doing so many things each day that we don't realize could lead children
to believe that it is okay to bully. The only way to reduce bullying is for us
all to do what we can to be better examples to others.
Of course, people should take a stand against bullying in Utah, and good way to
do that is to instill in one's children the idea that a being a member of
a certain religion does not make them inherently superior to people of another
religion. Is that likely to happen in Utah? I very much doubt it.When a White family with one or more non-Mormon parents moves into a
predominantly Mormon middle-class neighborhood, are the children in that family
likely to be bullied by Mormon kids?