When I was in high school, I lost a race for student-body president because I dared to speak loudly on the Day of Silence. On that day, thousands of American high-school and college students committed to complete silence on behalf of the supposed millions of closeted and openly homosexual students who feel “silenced” by homophobia.
Following radio interviews, newspaper quotes, and school-board testimony in which I called on school administrators to stop the Day of Silence, half a dozen students signed a letter to the editor of the Tacoma News Tribune condemning me as a homophobe. Hitler mustaches were drawn on my face on campaign posters, and “President” was crossed off the posters and replaced with “Fuhrer.” Teachers told me I was intolerant and bigoted.
Sponsored by the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network and United States Student Association for the express purpose of “making anti-LGBT bias unacceptable in schools,” the Day of Silence was observed by an estimated 200,000 students at 2,000 schools last year. The participation is expected to increase this year.
But I will not be silenced by the Day of Silence. I call on Americans – students and parents and community members across the nation – to join me in resisting the 2004 Day of Silence on April 21. If your local school is listed as a Day of Silence participant, do everything you can between now and April 21 to resist the Day of Silence.
The Day of Silence must be opposed, and loudly so, because the radical homosexual agenda is spreading rapidly through our nation’s schools. Sex-education curricula celebrates homosexuality, first-graders are taught that homosexual parents are a normal arrangement, gay-straight alliances are given school resources and funding in high schools, and the Day of Silence has become a key tool of the homosexual movement for promoting its radical, perverted agenda.
But it isn’t just students choosing to protest on the Day of Silence. A note on the Day of Silence website declares that, “administrators and staff are actively supporting Day of Silence activities in many schools.” The Day of Silence Organizing Manual instructs students in how to secure administrative approval, and even endorsement, for the Day of Silence. A manual introduction says, “Getting your school administration to support your effort is particularly critical.” Day of Silence organizers are encouraged to seek taxpayer funding via administrative or educational department budgets.
In past years, some school officials have been extremely vocal in their support for the Day of Silence. One principal in the school district from which I graduated, Linda Quinn, declared the Day of Silence an excellent opportunity for students to learn about democracy. “We can’t teach freedom of speech and assembly, and then deny the rights,” Ms. Quinn told a newspaper in 2002.
It is true that Americans have the rights to free speech and assembly. But we do not have the right to protest in all times and places. The Day of Silence takes place at school during classes. Teachers expect their students to speak when called upon, but will the Day of Silence become an exception? Students expect their teachers to teach, but will the Day of Silence become an excuse for teachers to cancel classes, or worse, to show inane videos?
What can you do to resist the Day of Silence? In any community, the answer is to organize a coalition of students and parents, and go straight to the local school board. Tell the school board that students do not have the right to carry on protest activities during the school day, and teachers should be expected to teach during their classes. Most importantly, demand that the school board ban all use of taxpayer money for supporting the Day of Silence.
In addition to speaking at school-board meetings, meet with your child’s school principal and superintendent, and write letters to the editor of local newspapers. Make the community aware of the Day of Silence protest, and vote down any school-board member who supports the event.
The homosexual agenda has gone too far in America’s public schools. Now is our opportunity to fight back.