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Silence and "Truth" Do Battle in Schools

Actually, that should read Silence vs. Bigotry. Today, half a million students at 4,000 schools nationwide are participating in the Day of Silence, taking a vow not to speak in order to bring attention to the bullying and harassment that LGBT youth face in schools. At the end of the school day, Breaking the Silence rallies are going to be held in most of the schools where students, teachers, and parents can talk about this serious issue. GLSEN has been holding this event for 10 years now. Many people have noted that silence does nothing to spread the word about a problematic issue but I think these Breaking the Silence rallies are a great idea. Bravo to the students involved today.

HarperOf course, another event has sprung up to do battle with the Day of Silence, and they call it the Day of Truth. The Day of Truth will occur tomorrow, and Christian students and "former homosexuals" will wear T-shirts and pass out cards with this 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." Of course, their "truth" is a lot different than everyone else's.

And who is the poster child for this Day of Truth and for young bigots everywhere? Why, it's Tyler Chase Harper. If you'll remember, he's the one who wore the "Homosexuality is Shameful" T-shirt to Poway High School near San Diego and inspired a court case that looks headed to the SCOTUS.

Bigotry starts at an early age, but thankfully, so does tolerance.

(thanks to kitten for the harper tip!)

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  1. Strangely enough I think the message on the Day of "Truth" cards is 100% right on:

    “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.”

    Are you sure that it’s the “Truth” people that are passing out these cards? I don’t think anyone could have summed up the mission of the Day of Silence any better than that. There isn’t one word in this message with which I disagree. It seems to me that this is the card that the “silence” participants should pass out

    The problem is, those who are passing the cards out don't believe in, or follow, the message on the cards. These are the same people who beat us down with the Bible but don't follow the Bible's teachings themselves. "Christian" hypocrites are a dime a dozen.

    I think the Silence kids should use the "Truth" cards to educate. Tell their fellow classmates that they agree with the message and why. It probably won't make any difference to these brainwashed kids (many of whom are closeted gays themselves), but the message is true, appropriate, applicable and powerful nonetheless.

    Posted by: Zeke | Apr 26, 2006 11:47:03 AM


  2. Quotes From the Day of Truth Website below. Please note these are there and not my views.

    1. We are expressing our viewpoint and exercising what we believe to be sound discernment regarding an aggressive campaign being carried out in our public schools to legitimize personal and socially destructive behavior.

    2. There is no irrelevant sin in the Bible. All sins are wicked in the eyes of God. The Bible is clear in its condemnation of adultery, false witness, theft, and murder, to name just a few.

    My thoughts: Since I'm not given to unfaithfulness, lying, thievery, or murder, I am often confused by which of my sinful "personal and socially destructive behaviors" is being referred to in such campaigns. My small business? In bed by 9:00? Having the most beautiful yard in the cul-de-sac? Paying taxes? Giving my nephews and nieces books for Christmas? Perhaps owning a wiener dog? (He is a bit of a mobile phallic symbol now, isn't he? Must purchase rainbow dog collar.) I guess they must mean sex with my husband, something that IS personal and the social destruction created by that needs to be explained to me.

    The second quote above reveals the campaign's attempt is not to protect free speech, as they claim, but rather to convert others to a narrow religious view. I thought that's what church groups and Bible studies were for, and to the best of my knowledge, all students are free to attend such events on their own time.

    Posted by: Kevin | Apr 26, 2006 12:32:55 PM


  3. Oops! "Their" views -- not "there" views. But then again, in my view, their views are neither here nor there. (chortle, chortle)

    Posted by: Kevin | Apr 26, 2006 12:35:21 PM


  4. I look at the way they're exploiting their poster twink and it makes me very sad watching the way they've twisted his mind.

    Posted by: Steve Schalchlin | Apr 26, 2006 3:10:08 PM


  5. What makes you think Tyler didn't twist his own mind?He knows EXACTLY what he's doing.

    Posted by: RC | Apr 26, 2006 8:01:37 PM


  6. Tyler sounds like he's smart enough to have devloped his own opinion on the matter. Not sure why people use his age to excuse him.

    Posted by: Chad Hanging | Apr 26, 2006 8:11:14 PM


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