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Boycott Homosexual 'Day of Silence,' Pro-Family Group Says
By Randy Hall
CNSNews.com Staff Writer/Editor
March 30, 2007
(CNSNews.com) - A national pro-family coalition is calling on parents to
keep their children home from school on April 18 to avoid the annual
"Day of Silence," when some students and faculty members remain
mute to "protest the oppression of lesbian, gay, bisexual and
"Teenagers deserve an opportunity to study English, history, math
and science -- without being subjected to pro-homosexual proselytizing
sanctioned by school authorities," said Linda Harvey, president and
founder of the conservative group Mission America, in a news
"In many cases, at the U.S. taxpayer's expense, the normal school
day comes to a screeching halt in an effort to bring attention to the
so-called 'hatred, bigotry and name calling' directed toward homosexual
individuals," she noted.
"Students shouldn't be forced to self-censor or adopt beliefs
contrary to those of their parents and places of worship," Harvey
added. "Even the strongest of our junior high and high school
children are not equipped to serve as frontline soldiers in this culture
Mission America is a member of the NotOurKids.com coalition, which
describes itself on its website
as "pro-family groups who object to the disruptive political
hijacking of America's classrooms by pro-homosexual advocates."
The organization also "seeks to protect America's youth from being
pressured to approve of homosexual, bisexual or transgender
In particular, the coalition "educates parents, teachers and America
about the deceptive agenda" behind the annual "Day of
Silence," which is a project of the Gay, Lesbian & Straight
Education Network (GLSEN).
According to the GLSEN
website, the 11th annual national event is being held to protest the
"discrimination, harassment and abuse - in effect, the silencing -
faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students and their
allies in schools."
During that day, more than 500,000 participants at more than 350 schools
are expected to remain mute while wearing stickers and passing out cards
that read: "Please understand my reasons for not speaking today. I
am participating in the Day of Silence.
"Think about the voices you are not hearing today," the cards
note. "What are you going to do to end the silence?"
In a news release on the event, GLSEN stated that its "2005 National
School Climate Survey found that more than 64 percent of LGBT students
report verbal, sexual or physical harassment at school, and 29 percent
report missing at least a day of school in the past month out of fear for
their personal safety."
"While some incidents like this do occur, this event is an
overwhelming exaggeration in an effort to manipulate our kids' natural
sympathies," the NotOurKids.com website states. "The result,
ironically, is that youth develop favorable views about a controversial,
"The Day of Silence is a one-sided campaign to manipulate acceptance
of homosexuality by every student," the NotOurKids site adds.
"Nationwide, parents are fed up with the political hijacking of
their kids' classrooms."
As Cybercast News Service
previously reported, students have an alternative to participating in
the "Day of Silence."
On the following day, Thursday, April 19, the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF)
is holding its annual "Day of Truth" event "to counter the
promotion of the homosexual agenda and express an opposing viewpoint from
a Christian perspective."
"In the past, students who have attempted to speak against the
promotion of the homosexual agenda have been censored or, in some cases,
punished for their beliefs," the ADF website states.
"It is important that students stand up for their First Amendment
right to hear and speak the truth about human sexuality in order to
protect that freedom for future generations," the site
Participating students are encouraged to wear T-shirts and pass out cards
- but not during class time - with such messages as "I am speaking
the truth to break the silence;" "Silence isn't freedom; it's a
constraint;" and "Truth tolerates open discussion because the
truth emerges when healthy discourse is allowed."
The ADF website also notes that the "Day of Silence" is part of
GLSEN's "overall strategy to change how our society perceives
homosexual behavior. But the 'Day of Silence' is a misnomer because what
is truly being silenced is the truth."
While a GLSEN representative declined to comment to Cybercast News
Service regarding the competing events, Rick Garcia, director of public
policy for Equality Illinois,
told the Naperville Sun on Wednesday that boycotting the "Day of
Silence" flies directly in face of free speech.
Calling the NotOurKids.com mission "sad and pathetic," Garcia
told the newspaper that the group is advocating "animosity and
bigotry" rather than a healthy school environment.
"These people sound like they'd be a perfect fit for Nazi
Germany," he said. "'Let's burn books so our perfect children
are not tainted' ... Not our kids. Well, they are your kids. If they
think they're going to keep their kids from gay people or a discussion of
homosexuality anywhere, they are delusional."
Stephen Bennett of NotOurKids.com responded on Thursday: "How can
Garcia -- a homosexual activist -- demand an end to name calling and
so-called bigotry when he clearly doesn't practice what he preaches? This
is what America needs to see: the real groups who are guilty of the
hatred, the bigotry, the name-calling and the intimidation.
"Garcia's statements are a perfect example of why NotOurKids.com
opposes these tactics of homosexual activism -- especially within
America's public schools - and is calling upon all parents nationwide to
pull their children and youth out of school on April 18th if their school
is allowing this disruptive 'Day of Silence' protest to take place,"
Resources for families to use at school and at
home during this next month
Great brochure on homosexuality for students from PFOX
Many other resources are available on the PFOX website,
,including posters, flyers and even Spanish language brochures.
A worthy alternative to the Day of Silence is to hold a
Day of Truth! Unlike the DOS, the Day of Truth approach does not disrupt
the school day.
Give students and teachers a chance to learn the truth about
www.dayoftruth.org for more information.
Learn about leaving homosexuality and that change is possible, even as a
teen. Exodus now has a whole section for youth.
www.exodusyouth.net for more information.
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