By Peter J. Smith
NEW YORK, April 20, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Students in over 5,000 schools were subject to a day of propaganda on Wednesday, when homosexual activist students passed out leaflets urging students to remain silent for an entire day to express their approval of the homosexual agenda.
The “Day of Silence” event sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN), had students explaining they were protesting “the silence faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their allies in schools.”
GLSEN claimed hundreds of thousands of students were expected to support its 11th Annual National Day of Silence on middle, high school, and college campuses, where students would pass out stickers and pass out ‘speaking cards’ that read:
“Please understand my reasons for not speaking today. I am participating in the Day of Silence, a national youth movement protesting the silence faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their allies in schools. My deliberate silence echoes that silence, which is caused by harassment, prejudice, and discrimination. I believe that ending the silence is the first step toward fighting these injustices. Think about the voices you are not hearing today. What are you going to do to end the silence?”
Whether or not school administrators actually measured any diminished noise in school hallways or less lunchroom chatter, many students were exposed to the propaganda of the homosexual movement without a counterpoint defending traditional morality.
However, the homosexual “Day of Silence” was counterbalanced to some degree by Thursday’s third annual “Day of Truth”, where students peacefully expressed the Christian viewpoint on homosexual behavior in 1200 schools nationwide.
The event sponsored by the Alliance Defense Fund saw the number of participants nearly double from last year to more than 5,500 participants for this year’s Day of Truth.
Participating students handed out T-shirts and cards during school hours, but not during class time, with the following message:
“I am speaking the Truth to break the silence. Silence isn’t freedom. It’s a constraint. Truth tolerates open discussion, because the Truth emerges when healthy discourse is allowed. By proclaiming the Truth in love, hurts will be halted, hearts will be healed, and lives will be saved.”
“Christian students should be allowed to express their viewpoint just like any other student,” said Mike Johnson, senior legal counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund. “The Day of Truth provides an opportunity for Christian students to respectfully present a different viewpoint than students participating in the Day of Silence. Allowing the communication of one viewpoint and claiming it’s the only viewpoint is advocating, not educating.”
“Students can’t be expected to make good, well-informed decisions if they’re only hearing part of the story,” said Johnson. “Making informed decisions requires having good information.”
For more information on the Day of Truth, visit www.dayoftruth.org.