MSNBC's Roberts Worries About 'License to Bully' in Michigan

A religious exemption in anti-bullying legislation that's meant to prevent students and teachers from being punished for simply expressing their religious beliefs about homosexuality is a "license to bully" in the eyes of MSNBC.

Openly-gay anchor Thomas Roberts brought on Michigan state senator Gretchen Whitmer (D) to bash the Republican-controlled state senate for passing SB 0137, "Matt's Safe School Law," on to the state house of representatives containing a clause that holds that the law "does not prohibit a statement of a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction of a school employee, school volunteer, pupil, or a pupil's parent or guardian."


Whitmer, Roberts noted uncritically, has called the bill "a Republican license to bully."

"What do you think they [Republicans] were trying to achieve by altering the legislation on the religious and moral grounds?" Roberts asked. Whitmer answered that it was a "subterfuge" that was "based on homophobia."

Roberts failed to ask if Whitmer was being uncharitable towards her Republican colleagues, who may be simply attempting to prevent kids from being accused of bullying for having a lunchroom debate with classmates on say gay marriage.

The MSNBC anchor also failed to bring on a Republican state legislator to give his or her side of the issue and even thanked his guest in closing for being "on the children's side."

Editor's Note: Post updated to reflect Roberts's biased note of thanks to his guest.

Ken Shepherd
Ken Shepherd
Ken Shepherd is the Managing Editor for NewsBusters