This message was handed to officials at a California pro-family organization, along with the accompanying picture
At least one pro-family organization that has opposed the pro-homosexual “Day of Silence” is being targeted with hate e-mails and telephone calls, including suggestions that officials go and kill themselves.
“You may not be gay, but you may be next,” said one e-mail, which included a photograph of a casket, according to Karen England, executive director of the Sacramento-based Capitol Resource Institute.
England said the hate has flooded in since her organization joined the “Day of Silence Walkout.” She also confirmed to WND that she has filed a police report on the threats.
WND reported earlier this week on a multitude of organizations across the nation that oppose the DOS promotion in public schools sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network.
Laurie Higgins of the Illinois Family Institute noted the goal cited by GLSEN is to reduce bullying on school campuses, especially bullying perceived as targeting homosexual students or those with other “alternative’ sexual lifestyles.
“No one supports bullying,” she told WND. “Every school has more than ample anti-bullying policies in place. … For GLSEN, the means by which they want to end bullying is to normalize volitional homosexual conduct.”
England told WND that another message was, “I wish you would just go kill yourself.”
Message delivered to California pro-family organization
“If this is the kind of atmosphere we get just for asking kids to stay home, in an e-mail, can you imagine what is like for kids refusing to stay silent?” she said.
She also said teachers should focus on academic subjects, not changing minds about sexual issues.
“The actions of Day of Silence supporters are speaking louder than the silence,” England said.
She said she is urging the walkout “because students should be free to support traditional marriage and relationships, without their peers seeing them as bigots.”
The official day for the event is today, but opponents note some schools observe it on other days.
England said the Day of Silence “falsely equates being anti-harassment with being in favor of social activism in the schools. CRI strongly opposes all harassment. Teachers and students, however, should always be able to speak at school. The classroom is not an appropriate setting for social activism and protest.”
England’s organization has posted a video on YouTube, which also has been embedded here (Advisory: The video is not recommended viewing for children):
“Many people who support traditional values are called right wing extremists, and Homeland Security says it is concerned about us. Maybe Homeland Security should be more concerned about assessing the threats we are receiving than about us as a threat to others,” England said.
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.”
GLSEN claims there are about 4,000 homosexual clubs now in American high schools and middle schools.
Ministries supporting the walkout include: Abiding Truth Ministries;