Alan Sears
Which is easier for you to deal with... an unpleasant truth, or an intimidating silence?

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.

It’s working.

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.


Alan Sears

Alan Sears, a former federal prosecutor in the Reagan Administration, is president and CEO of the Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal alliance employing a unique combination of strategy, training, funding, and litigation to protect and preserve religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family.