Saturday, April 17, 2010

Day of Silence success leaves religious right sputtering

The 2010 Day of Silence has come and gone.

According to reports here:

At Willamette High School in Eugene, Oregon students march together-- their mouths covered by masks, their silence bringing attention to anti-LGBT harassment. Similar protests involving as many as 8,000 students also occurred in Green Bay and Missouri, at the University of Richmond and other centers across the country.


190 students signed up to support the Day of Silence at CECI, organized by the school's Gay Straight Alliance.

"Their core goal is to promote an environment of open acceptance," Girard said.

and here:

More than 200 Chillicothe High School students took a vow of silence Friday.

CHS was one of more than 6,000 middle and high schools nationwide that participated in the annual Day of Silence. Participation at CHS began three years ago when the Gay Straight Alliance formed.

the day was highly successful.

But if you want to really judge the event's success, check out this article via the American Family Association's One News Now:

(Illinois Family Institute's Laurie)Higgins worked at a public high school for several years and exposes the real truth about the Day of Silence. According to her, teachers and students alike are not too fond of the annual event.

"Most teachers, even those who are politically left of center, hate the Day of Silence -- they don't like it," she shares. "They don't like divisive political action in their classroom; they're just there to teach -- and they don't like having to revamp their lesson plans to accommodate student silence.

"And many, many students -- even students left of center -- dislike this day for the same reason," she concludes. "They don't like the divisive atmosphere it creates."

That's the article, folks. Basically we are to believe that the Day of Silence is an unpopular distraction simply because Laurie Higgins says so.

Now that's pitiful.

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Andrea Lafferty: ENDA will lead to the molestation of disabled veterans

The gay community has been accused of destroying civilizations, corrupting morals, and yes even molesting infants, but Andrea Lafferty of the Traditional Values Coalition has officially reached the zenith of homophobia with her new accusation - pro-gay laws will allow the VA to molest disabled veterans.

Lafferty's new line of craziness took place during the Freedom Federation's "Awakening" conference and it continued the same inaccurate line of attack she and her organization (the Traditional Values Coalition) have continued against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) that Congress will possibly be voting on in the coming weeks.

ENDA would protect the lgbt community against employment discrimination. However, Lafferty and TVC have been pushing the phony assertion that ENDA would protect behaviors such as pedophilia, prostitution, bestiality. This video, courtesy of Right Wing Watch has to be seen to be believed. (the audio is not that good so turn up the volume on your computer):


Lafferty: What are those "isms" and "philias"? You can be aroused by stumps of amputees. And we brought that up during the hate crimes thing because what if you have an employee working at the VA and someone has just come back from Iraq and they have this orientation. You can't fire them. What about the family that's upset that they've been aroused by their family member? It's disgusting. And it's tragic for the victim.

Um, men that want to rub their bodies up and down women. That's on the list, that might become a protected class.

Fecal matter. Their involvement with fecal matter. Or urine. Transvestism. The list goes on, I'm not naming all of them. Children. Animals. And so we really need to draw a line in the sand.

At this point, another participant in the panel discussion, Matt Barber of the Liberty Counsel joins in. Barber, who once described gay relationships as one man violently cramming his penis into another man’s lower intestine and calling it "love," proceeds to give off a rambling and inaccurate description of the gay community, making Lafferty seem like Albert Einstein for the briefest of seconds.

Barber: Let me just dovetail off that, just for a moment, something that recently occurred to me. If I asked everyone in the room, if I say "what is the opposite heterosexuality?" what pops into your head?

For most people, it's homosexuality.That's by design. That myth has been created. The opposite of heterosexuality is not homosexuality. The opposite of heterosexuality is asexuality, is no sexuality.

Heterosexuality is normative - they can be politically correct all they want, but it is biologically correct. Homosexuality is one among a litany, as Andrea was just talking about, of sexual deviances. It is a deviation from the norm, that's why you call it "deviant sexual behavior." It's not a pejorative. We're not saying "you're a deviant." We're saying "your sexual behavior is deviant."
So homosexuality is not the opposite of heterosexuality. It is one of many deviations of natural sexuality, one of many aberrant, unnatural deviations from natural sexuality. Andrea was going through the list of some of them and it shocks the conscience to hear a lot of this, a lot of people don't even want to imagine the mechanics involved in homosexual conduct, must less strive, as Andrea, myself, Rena, and others do to defend against the wholesale promotion of that same conduct.

In the past few days, Lafferty and the TVC have made various unsubstantiated claims about ENDA, including it will hurt children by forcing them to be trapped in classrooms with "drag queen teachers" and that it would protect over 30 various sexual behaviors.

TVC even created a web page pushing these claims. The web page also included information by the fraudulent group the American College of Pediatricians (ACP). However, the ACP has come under intense fire by legitimate medical organizations and researchers for what has been termed as intentional distortions in its information. The most recent rebuke came courtesy of Francis Collins, National Institutes of Health Director.

But Lafferty and TVC continue to soldier on with their lies about ENDA seemingly in hopes that mindless repeition will trump truth. 

I don't know what's worse about TVC's attack on ENDA -that it's been nothing but lies from day one or with the utterance of a new lie, the integrity of Christianity slides down a notch.

Christians in America needs to ask themselves do Lafferty and TVC speak for them. If the answer is yes, then they have bigger problems than an alleged "gay agenda."

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