Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Attacks on GLSEN's Day of Silence will fail

The religious right's attack on GLSEN's Day of Silence will fail as it always does.

And the following is the reason why:

Yesterday, I posted a clip from the right-wing Alliance Defense Fund advertising the anti-gay Day of Silence event, Day of Dialogue. Supposedly this Day of Dialogue encourages students to present opposition to the "Day of Silence" in a supposedly "lovingly Christian way."

The name of the event denotes discussion and dialogue. But those who push this event aren't necessarily interested in dialogue. They seem to be pushing the same rhetoric which makes the Day of Silence necessary:

Mat Staver of the Liberty Counsel: "This is not about tolerating any issue or person," he asserts. "It is about a radical and forced agenda of homosexuality that these [days] of silence are promoting, sponsored by the GLSEN organization -- and sometimes under pressure by the schools."

The American Family Association: The Day of Silence, which is sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), fast approaches. This year it will take place in most public schools on April 20. On this day, thousands of public high schools and increasing numbers of middle schools will allow students to remain silent throughout an entire day-even during instructional time-to promote GLSEN's socio-political goals and its controversial, unproven, and destructive theories on the nature and morality of homosexuality.

Linda Harvey of Mission America: "The Day of Silence goal is not, as I am told frequently by outraged emails from misinformed students, to help end all bullying. The goal is to exploit the tender sympathies of kids to promote approval of homosexuality and gender confusion. The agenda is everything; Judeo-Christian morality is the enemy; and sadly, kids are the tools."

Jerry Newcombe of Truth In Action Ministries who comes with the most ludicrous reason to oppose Day of Silence:" It’s sad to see groups like GLSEN be accepted by the teacher's establishment and then allow the platform to go into the public schools and try and indoctrinate children. For example, they have something called the Day of Silence. Now they chose April 20 of all days to be the Day of Silence, I looked that up, I was like, ‘isn’t that Adolf Hitler’s birthday,’ I looked it up and sure enough it is Adolf Hitler’s birthday. I don’t think there’s a link there but how ironic. But they are using this day as a means by which to promote their lifestyle as if it is a positive thing."

It's important to bring those comments to the forefront so that you can further take into account that these supposed Christian individuals are making wild accusations against children who merely want create an understanding of what they go through every day in our nation's schools:

It leaves one to ask just who are the bullies and the indoctrinators?

The Day of Silence will take place on Friday, April 20. For more information about this day, see GLSEN's Day of Silence webpage.

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