Which would you rather have your kids face at school?
That’s not a choice a lot of our young people get to make on many high school and college campuses around the country. For nearly a dozen years now, advocates of homosexual behavior have been linking hands with the guardians of political correctness to inflict an event known as the “Day of Silence” on American teenagers, quietly brow-beating them into a tacit endorsement of homosexual behavior and the national homosexual legal agenda.
Here’s how it works: young people are enlisted to attend an entire day of school in absolute silence. If called upon to answer a question in class or by schoolmates or staff around campus, they are instructed to present a card, explaining their collective mime act as a show of non-verbal support for allegedly oppressed "homosexual, bisexual, and transgender" students everywhere.
On some campuses, the silent treatment becomes quite the fad, with even teachers and administrators participating. Those who elect to keep talking have it impressed upon them, through a thousand little looks and gestures from the ever-tolerant, that they are embodying the notorious American insensitivity to the tender spirit of sexual iconoclasts.
It’s an interesting approach: education through verbal vacuum. Integration through intimidation. Impressionable minds, encouraged to imagine – and be struck dumb by – the injustices perpetrated on fledglings to homosexual behavior by a callous public and the cold constraints of that old-time-religion.
No facts. No studies. No discussion. No presentation of alternative viewpoints. No examination of the possible physical, emotional, or spiritual consequences of homosexual behavior. Just a few hours of propagandistic pouting.
A 2001 poll by Zogby International found that 85 percent of high school seniors supported something called "homosexual rights." Two-thirds supported legalizing same-sex "marriage," and 68 percent favored same-sex couples being allowed to adopt children. Another 79 percent endorsed so-called anti-discrimination laws specifically designed to protect those who engage in homosexual behavior, and 88 percent backed “hate crimes” legislation.
That was five years ago. And the numbers are only getting worse.
Such attitudes are infecting the whole population, as the organized advocates of the homosexual agenda synchronize and expand their efforts in the courts, in popular entertainment, and even in mainline Protestant churches, steadily eroding the traditional moral standards of our nation.
But the loud leftists and their Day of Silence are not the only contributors to the confusions of our youth. When it comes to homosexual behavior, too many kids are getting an earful of silence from their parents, their pastors, and their political leaders. If the mentors our children respect are ashamed or afraid or embarrassed to speak out against the increasingly-aggressive homosexual agenda... why are we surprised when the activists step into that void?
Silence – from their parents or their peers – doesn’t teach kids anything. It just leaves their still-forming consciences open for exploitation by those who are emboldened by the silence of others (and the complicity of the educational establishment). It’s not enough for our young people not to hear out-loud lies from the homosexual activists – they must hear the truth that counters the homosexual intimidations.
This year, a lot more students will hear that that truth, thanks to the candid conversations prompted by “Day of Truth” events on campuses all over the country. These events – scheduled for April 27, one day after the “Day of Silence” – will counter the intimidating tactics of the homosexual activists with something that used to be a given in our public schools: a little honest give-and-take.
“Day of Truth” participants will hand out their own cards between classes, explaining their intent to invoke their First Amendment rights of free speech by sharing another view of homosexual behavior – not out of hatred or contempt, but out of a sincere desire to bring healing and understanding through a clear examination of the facts.
Of course, not everyone is interested in hearing the factual implications of homosexual behavior, or a Christian perspective on the homosexual agenda. But unlike “Day of Silence” participants, “Day of Truth” teens will limit their overtures to between-class discussions, for those who want to participate – an invitation to respectful conversation, rather than silent condemnation.
It’s a forum that celebrates freedom, confronts without condemning, promotes real learning and communication between different viewpoints, and helps young people come to a clearer understanding of what they believe, and why.
Not bad, for a day at school.
Who knows? The students might even learn something... if they just keep talking.