The Day of Silence, organized and promoted by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), takes place this year on Friday, April 17. The Day of Silence is the king of all the numerous homosexuality-affirming activities that take place in public schools. It started in one university and then, like a cancer, metastasized to thousands of high schools and then into middle schools. Before long it will take place in elementary schools. Leftists know that it’s easier to indoctrinate 16-year-olds than 36-year-olds and easier still to indoctrinate 6-year-olds.
Silence the Day of Silence by participating in the ‘Day of Silence’ Walk Out.
If you have school-age children, contact your administration as soon as possible.
- Ask this specific question: Will you be permitting students to refuse to speak in class on the Day of Silence? If the administration either answers “Yes” or dodges the question, please keep your child or children out of school on the Day of Silence. Every absence costs districts money, and money talks.
- Also, politely insist that an e-mail be sent to every family informing them that the Day of Silence will be taking place in classes on April 17, that some students will be refusing to speak during instructional time, that it is organized by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, and identifying specifically who is sponsoring it in your school. Parents have a right to know.
GLSEN promotes the Day of Silence as an “anti-bullying” effort. If it were centrally or solely about eradicating bullying, everyone — liberals and conservatives alike — would support it. But it’s not.
The Day of Silence exploits government schools, captive audiences, and anti-bullying sentiment to advance the left’s social, moral, and political beliefs and goals. GLSEN seeks to advance the belief that all public expressions of moral disapproval of homosexual activity are bullying.
GLSEN urges students to refuse to speak all day, including during academic classes, which is disruptive to instructional time. Administrators permit students to refuse to speak in class, and teachers feel compelled to create lesson plans to accommodate student refusal to speak. Teachers feel that if they don’t accommodate student refusal to speak, they will be seen as supporting the bullying of self-identified homosexual students.
The little unspoken secret is that many teachers on both sides of the political aisle hate the Day of Silence because of the distraction and disruption it creates. Unfortunately, they’re afraid to say that to their administrations because GLSEN and its ideological acolytes proclaim that opposition to the Day of Silence necessarily means endorsement of bullying. The truth is one can both oppose bullying and oppose the Day of Silence.
The homosexuality-affirming legal organizations Lambda Legal and the ACLU have both stated that students have no legal right to refuse to speak in class, so school administrations have every right to require students to participate verbally in class. And teachers have every right to require students to answer questions, give oral presentations or speeches, or participate in debates or discussions.
CWA of Illinois has endorsed the ‘Day of Silence’ Walk Out.
A coalition of pro-family organizations is once again urging parents to keep their children home from school on the Day of Silence if their school administrations will be allowing students to politicize instructional time by refusing to speak. This is the only organized national effort to oppose any pro-homosexual activity or event in public schools.
Often times parents of freshmen learn for the first time that the Day of Silence is taking place in their school when they hear about the “Day of Silence” Walk Out. Even parents of sophomores, juniors, and seniors are uninformed. This lack of awareness happens because school administrations do not notify parents about The Day of Silence.
The absence of conservative influence within the culture on issues related to homosexuality is to some extent the fault of conservatives. Ignorance, fear, and an astounding lack of perseverance on the parts of conservatives have turned our cultural institutions — including public education — into the playground of “progressives.” Our passivity has enabled homosexual activists and their ideological allies to become social, political, and pedagogical bullies. Evidence of that is everywhere, including in schools on GLSEN’s annual April school event, the Day of Silence.
We must match — and exceed — the boldness and perseverance of the left if we hope to stop the relentless appropriation of public education for the promotion of homosexuality.
Stop the bullying! Join the ‘Day of Silence’ Walk Out.
Please pass this information on to like-minded friends, family, your pastor, and acquaintances.
For more information, visit the “Day of Silence” Walk Out website.
Day of Silence Walkout is Endorsed by:
Matt Barber, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, BarbWire
Dr. Michael Brown, Director, Coalition of Conscience
Brian Camenker, President, MassResistance
Linda Harvey, Founder and President, Mission America
Laurie Higgins, Cultural Analyst, Illinois Family Institute
Peter LaBarbera, President, Americans for Truth About Homosexuality
Diane Gramley, Executive Director, American Family Association of Pennsylvania
Matt Staver, President, Liberty Counsel
Debra Smith, Founder, Informing Christians
Tom Rasmussen, Executive Director, Montana Family Foundation
Pastor Scott Lively, President, Abiding Truth Ministries
Penny Nance, CEO and President, CWA
Debbie Leininger, State Director, CWA of Illinois
Beverly Uhlmer Roberts, State Director, CWA of Texas South
Linda Wall, VA Mass Resistance
Nolan Clayton, Freedom Family Ministries
Pastor Christopher Clegg, Operation Save America
Stop the bullying!