Most of my readers know about the Day of Silence, a day when many kids in high schools around the country don’t speak at school for the day to call attention to anti-gay bigotry and bullying. Well now a religious right group is calling on parents to boycott by pulling their kids out of school that day. Apparently, even knowing that other people don’t hate gays is enough to turn your kids gay. Run! Run away!
“Teenagers deserve an opportunity to study English, history, math, and science — without being subjected to pro-homosexual proselytizing sanctioned by school authorities,” Harvey said on a Web site she has opened to call for the boycott.
Yeah! How are our kids supposed to learn how to do differential equations knowing that other kids actually think gay kids should be treated the same as other kids? Won’t someone think of the children? On the other hand, pulling them out of school kind of impedes their learning too, doesn’t it? But wait….there’s more.
“Students shouldn’t be forced to self-censor or adopt beliefs contrary to those of their parents and places of worship,” Linda Harvey said on NotOurKids.com.
A real genius, this one. One would think her kids were being forced to be silent that day. Of course, that’s nonsense – but why let a little thing like reality get in the way of a perfectly good paranoid rant? And this coalition they’ve put together to boycott includes Concerned Women for America, Americans for Truth and other religious right gay haters.
April 18th is this year’s Day of Silence, when thousands of kids are expected to observe the day by not speaking. When spoken to they will hand out a card that says:
“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?”
Anyone who touches that card, of course, will immediately become gay. Best to keep them home, obviously.