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'Gay' day squashed on campus
Posted By Chelsea Schilling On 05/19/2008 @ 8:48 pm In Front Page | Comments Disabled
Nationwide outrage against public school participation in the “gay”-friendly 2008 Day of Silence resulted in hundreds of students boycotting the observance and some administrators canceling pro-homosexual activities.
Parent and community protests against school involvement made all the difference, Linda Harvey, president of Mission America, told WND.
“The Day of Silence Walk Out was extremely successful,” she said. “In many high schools, hundreds of students stayed home. Here at Mission America, we had thousands of e-mails from both parents and schools, and more than 300 schools were taken off our initial list of those we believed would be sponsoring this pro-homosexual event.”
The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, or GSLEN, has sponsored the nationwide silent protest every April for the last 12 years. The event is said to be a showing of support for “gay,” lesbian, bisexual and transgender victims of violence and bullying. According to GSLEN’s 2005 National School Climate Survey, four out of five LGBT children experience harassment in school. The organization claims 64 percent of “gay” students feel unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation and 41 percent because of their “gender expression.”
Despite claims that the silent protest is organized by school-age children, Harvey said it is orchestrated by adults using local schools to portray homosexuality, bisexuality and transgender behaviors as lifestyles that are worthy of sympathy. She said activists claim to have been subjects of discrimination, and they try to portray them as a minority group, comparable to other racial, ethnic or religious groups.
“Homosexuality and these lifestyles are high-risk, dangerous and immoral behaviors,” she said. “Homosexuality is not immutable. It is changeable, and it’s something that shouldn’t be promoted to kids.”
GLSEN claims there are almost 4,000 homosexual clubs now in American high schools and middle schools. Harvey attributes the growth to unrelenting “gay” activism. She said some administrators hide DOS events from parents to prevent protest, but Mission America’s list of participating schools helps concerned families stay alert. Parents must remain vigilant, she warned.
“Groups of parents and individuals need to sit down and talk with the administration if they have sponsored the Day of Silence and say we all of this pro-homosexual misinformation and propaganda out of our schools,” she said. “We do not want the Day of Silence observed. If students want to do this, they should have to do it on their own time.”
Harvey said the 2008 effort was the largest yet, as the organization united with major pro-family groups like the American Family Association. The Mission America website received more than 2 million hits in one day, forcing it to overload and crash from overwhelming public support.
“It was a hug deal for us,” she said. “I had many of these principals say, ‘I’ve had 80 calls from parents. You’ve got to get me off this list.’ They were literally begging to get off this list.”
A Golden Rule pledge card used to promote the Day of Silence
The following are some incidents that took place during the silent protests and were reported by Mission America:
Also in Phoenix, at Desert Ridge High School, Arizona Republic reported that between 200 and 250 students stayed home. A parent who objected to the observance hosted a pool party for students who refused to participate. The father, Randy Bellino, told a Phoenix television station that someone sent a text message threatening to shoot his son, and police questioned a group of homosexual students who silently sat across the street from his home.
Also in Missouri, more than 400 students protested by staying home from Raymore-Peculiar High School on the day of the silent observances.
Also in Minnesota, Maple Grove school administrators reportedly told an 11th grade student he would be considered truant and his grades would suffer if he did not attend school.
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