Melanie Hunter-Omar | Senior Editor | Tuesday, April 22, 2008
The "Day of Silence" is organized by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) described by one pro-family group as "one of the most militant and well-funded of the powerful homosexual pressure groups.
According to GLSEN, the National Day of Silence "brings attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools." This year's Day of Silence will be dedicated to Lawrence King, an 8th grade student in California who was shot and killed on Feb. 12 by a classmate because of his sexual orientation and gender expression, GLSEN on its Web site.
GLSEN lists four truths that "address common misinformation" about the event. First, the purpose of the Day of Silence is "to bring attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment and effective responses." Second, "hundreds of thousands of students of all beliefs, backgrounds and sexual orientations participate in the Day of Silence."
Third, "Day of Silence participants encourage schools to implement proven solutions to address anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment." And fourth, "the Day is a positive educational experience," the group said on its Web site.
While bullying and harassment should not be tolerated anywhere against anyone for any reason, the "Day of Silence" has "little to do with 'bullying' and everything to do with propaganda," CWA said in a press release.
"During DOS, children and teachers are encouraged to disrupt the school day by refusing to speak, in a show of support to self-described 'gay,' 'lesbian,' 'bisexual' and 'transgender' students," Matt Barber, policy director for cultural issues with Concerned Women for America, said in a statement.
"Kids are additionally taught that Biblical truth, which holds that human sexuality is a gift from God shared between husband and wife within the bonds of marriage, is 'homophobic,' 'hateful' and 'discriminatory,'" Barber said.
Schools should be "places of learning, not places of political indoctrination," he said. "It's the height of impropriety and cynicism for 'gay' activists and school officials to use good-hearted but misguided children as pawns in their attempt to further a deceptive, highly controversial and polarizing political agenda.
Barber said because the homosexual lifestyle is considered by medical science to be "extremely high-risk," the "Day of Silence" amounts to nothing short of educational malpractice.
"With liberal school officials in tow, these militant adult activists are brazenly circumventing and abusing parental authority to further this dangerous political agenda," concluded Barber.
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