Michael Johnson

Silence can be golden, the wise man pointed out … but sometimes it’s just plain yellow.

And there’s certainly something saffron about the “Day of Silence” being promoted across the United States this spring, by advocates of homosexual behavior. The event is being sold to sympathetic schoolteachers and administrators as a gentle plea for sexual tolerance and understanding. But the real agenda is to gild and glamorize homosexual behavior while gagging anyone who opposes it.

“Silence” is certainly the operative word – and in this case, it’s intended as a verb, not a noun.

The idea of the “Day of Silence” is that students and educators go all day without talking, while flashing a card at those around them explaining that the quiet is their way of showing solidarity with the culturally-oppressed kids who get bullied “just for being who they are.” Teachers and administrators all over the country embrace the opportunity to stand with the sexually-confused, silently sighing and wringing their hands over the bitter repercussions faced by the innocent youth who suffer ‘neath the bigotries of narrow-minded mostly-white/heterosexual/Christian Puritans.

But the limits of their sympathy, empathy, and unanimity quickly become apparent on the day after the “Day of Silence,” when Christian students throughout the country request a “Day of Truth,” in which to counter the unspoken assertions of the riot of quiet with some thoughtful discussion of differing views – religious, scientific, social, personal – on homosexual behavior.

Suddenly, all pretense to tolerance – indeed, all interest in real education – is off the table. Requests for “Day of Truth” events are perfunctorily denied, students who initiate discussions or even wear philosophically provocative T-shirts quickly find themselves on the short list for detention, even suspension. You can almost hear some principal yelling:

This is a school, people – the last thing we want to do is think!

And thinking is pretty clearly the enemy here, as far as some school officials are concerned. Even when student protests don’t call for open discussions, debates, and conversation – as in the pro-life Days of Silent Solidarity, which focus on calling attention to abortion – educators and government officials move fast to shut down what are usually quiet, respectful, non-aggressive demonstrations.

Michael Johnson

Mike Johnson is a senior legal counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, a legal alliance defending the right to hear and speak the Truth through strategy, training, funding, and litigation, and its subsidiary, Community Defense Counsel. ADF President Alan Sears is the former head of the Commission on Pornography under U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese.

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