Thursday, April 17, 2008

Speaking Out on the Day of Silence

A pro-homosexual group called the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) is the creator and promoter of the controversial 'Day of Silence'. On this day - which is planned for April 25 for this year - students are encouraged to take a vow of silence to demonstrate their support for the tolerance and acceptance of homosexual lifestyles. Many are planning to wear tape over their mouths throughout the day and hand out cards explaining and promoting the reason. At the conclusion of the day, pro-homosexual groups are hosting 'Breaking the Silence' events to draw even more attention to the homosexual agenda.

The alarming aspect of this issue is that many public schools are signing on to sponsor and support the 'Day of Silence' and related activities. GLSEN officially says that the event is to draw attention to the problem of bullying and violence towards homosexual students. However, it is abundantly obvious that the real purpose is to rally support and acceptance of the homosexual agenda in its entirety.

What is even more alarming is that some schools have reportedly met parental objections to 'Day of Silence' sponsorship with threats to penalize students who do not attend school on this day or otherwise refuse to participate. Christian parents should be concerned and upset about any school that is planning to sponsor "Day of Silence' activities. But more to the point, parents should be outraged if the school threatens to penalize students who choose to protest the event by missing school on the 'Day of Silence'.

Students have the right NOT to be silent on this issue. They have the right to protest the anti-family agenda behind the 'Day of Silence' by their absence from school on that day. Objecting students even have the right to participate in counter-celebrations supporting traditional families and sexual purity through abstinence (such as the 'Day of Purity') - so long as such endeavors do not disrupt or interfere with normal school activities.

Some schools have reportedly claimed that it is 'against the law' to refuse school support or sponsorship of the 'Day of Silence' program. Some have even said if they do not allow this event that they could not allow Bible clubs and Christian fellowships. This is not the case! Students do NOT have the right to refuse to speak in school when addressed by a teacher. Refusing to speak at school constitutes a substantial disruption or material interference with school activities that is NOT protected under the First Amendment.

The good news is that there are reports that hundreds of schools are withdrawing from previously planned participation of 'Day of Silence' activities due to the concerns and complaints of parents. Indeed, all conscientious Christian parents should find out if and when their child's school plans to observe 'Day of Silence' or related activities and notify the school of their intentions to keep their child home that day.

Finally, all Christians need to pray against the anti-family agendas and influences that are attacking our society on every front. We should teach our children to be respectful to all people regardless of their views and practices. But, at the same time, we must teach them the biblical reasons why Christians cannot condone or accept the pro-homosexual message if we are to be pleasing to the Lord.

Related Links:
  • American Family Association - suggestions for dealing with the 'Day of Silence' issue with schools
  • Liberty Counsel - a letter (in PDF) written by an attorney to schools explaining the rights associated with noncompliance on the 'Day of Silence'
  • WorldNetDaily - a good news article about the 'Day of Silence' containing a list of several groups in opposition of the event

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