Parents whose children are in public schools across the United States are being asked to take them out of class for a day because of the “political usurpation of public school classrooms through silence.”
The plea comes from a large coalition of family and conservative organizations and targets Friday, when the pro-homosexual activist group GLSEN promotes the annual “Day of Silence.”
The ‘Day of Silence’ Walkout website states;
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, 2012. 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.
The coalition advises parents to determine whether their local school district allows the protest during class time.
“If students will be permitted to remain silent, parents can express their opposition most effectively by calling their children out of school on the Day of Silence and sending letters of explanation to their administrators, their children’s teachers, and all school board members,” the coalition says.
“Some administrators assert that DOS merely seeks to promote ‘acceptance.’ They fail to clarify, however, what precisely they want students to accept. While it is legitimate to teach students that there exist diverse opinions on this issue, it is not legitimate to imply that one of those opinions is preferable to another. While it is appropriate to teach acceptance of people, meaning that we should treat all with civility, it is not appropriate to suggest that students need to accept the view that homosexual conduct is moral. These important distinctions are never made in public school discussions of ‘acceptance.’”
A coalition of pro-family groups suggests that students stay away from school on Friday if their campus is “officially recognizing and/or compelling students to observe this event during instructional time by a silent protest,” according to Linda Harvey, president of Mission America.
Harvey writes in her column that high schools and even some middle schools are now the target of this event.
“The Day of Silence is supposedly led by students, but actually led by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), which describes itself as ‘championing LGBT issues in K-12 education since 1990.’ Did you catch that? ‘K through 12’? Younger and younger students are the target of this group,” she highligted.
Harvey believes the goal of the Day of Silence organizers is not to help end all bullying as they claim.
“The goal is to exploit the tender sympathies of kids to promote homosexuality and gender confusion. The agenda is everything; Judeo-Christian morality is the enemy; and sadly, kids are the tools,” she wrote.
Ex-Gay Group Uses Day of Silence to Promote Choice
In another form of protest, Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX) is urging students, parents, and educators to distribute ex-gay flyers to their schools having gay-themed student clubs.
“April 20 is the annual ‘day of silence’ when student and teacher members of homosexual clubs in schools across the country remain silent for the school day in order to bring attention to intolerance against homosexuals,” the group stated recently.
“Since members of these gay affirming clubs agree to remain silent for the day, April 20 is the time to distribute ex-gay information without interference or harassment from any gay activist faculty or GSA clubs,” said Greg Quinlan, president of PFOX.
“PFOX is calling on students to distribute flyers promoting acceptance of ex-gays. Former homosexuals and their supporters are ridiculed and forced to live in silence. Our nation’s schools deny students with unwanted same-sex attractions any support or fact-based information that feelings can and do change.”
PFOX says its one-page flyer available for download on the group’s website gives students “more complete information on sexual orientation and urges tolerance for all.”
“Equality exists when both gay and ex-gay organizations have equal access to students on the issue of sexual orientation,” the group states. “Gay groups should not be the only ones to have access to students on the issue of sexual orientation.”
A silent protest in support of immoral, God-dishonoring behavior is in itself profoundly deceptive. All sexual behavior outside man/woman marriage is sinful in God’s eyes. Why should Christian students and teachers be in the position of accommodating this flagrant violation of their principles.