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They Are Coming After Your Children April 27

(See introductory article Day of Silence 2018)

This Friday, April 27th,  the largest “sexually immoral” promotion day will occur in a school near you. It is called The Day of Silence and is a pro-homosexual and pro-transgender event paid for with your tax money.

On this day kids learn that:

  1. Christians are bullies.
  2. Homosexual sex is normal, natural and healthy.
  3. People can be born in the wrong sex body.

What Should Parents Do?

  1. Call your local schools and ask whether they permit students or teachers to remain silent in the classroom on “Day of Silence.”   

    IMPORTANT: Do not ask any administrator, school board member, or teacher if the school sponsors, endorses, or supports DOS. Schools do not technically sponsor the Day of Silence. Technically, it is students, often students in the gay-straight alliance, who sponsor it. Many administrators will tell you that they do not sponsor the DOS when, in fact, they do permit students and sometimes even teachers to remain silent during instructional time. Also ask administrators whether they permit teachers to create lesson plans to accommodate student silence. 

  2. Email your children’s teachers to ask whether they will be permitting students to remain silent in class on DOS and whether they will be creating lesson plans to accommodate student silence. Sometimes there is a disconnect between what administrators or school board members believe is taking place in classrooms and what actually takes place.

  3.  Be sure to find out what date the event is planned for your school. (The national date in 2018 is April 27, but some schools observe DOS on a different date).

  4. Inform the school of your intention to keep your children home on that date and explain why. (A sample letter is available at end of this article.)

  5. Explain to your children why you’re taking a stand: 
a. Homosexual behavior is not an innate identity. 
b. No matter what factors may influence homosexual feelings, freely chosen homosexual behavior is immoral and should be resisted. 
c. Homosexuality is not equivalent to race. 
d. Disapproval of homosexuality is not equivalent to racism; nor is it hatred; nor is it bullying; nor does it constitute an incitement to violence. It is permissible and ethical to express disapproval of homosexuality. Just because someone may feel bad when hearing that someone disapproves of homosexuality does not mean that disapproval is cruel or wrong. 
e. No school should support a view of homosexuality that is unproven and controversial, and that is physically, emotionally, and spiritually destructive to individuals and society.
 f. No school should allow instructional time to be politicized. 
6. Encourage your church leadership to follow the bold example of Pastor Ken Hutcherson who vocally opposed “Day of Silence” in his community in Redmond, Washington. He led the Walkout in his community, and over 600 out of 1,400 students were called out of school on the Day of Silence. 

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Let your light shine by spreading the word to your church and neighbors. Explain that school districts lose money for every absence, which may help convince administrations and school boards that it is not merely unethical but fiscally irresponsible to allow the classroom to be used for political purposes.

SAMPLE LETTER

Dear __________________

Due to the administration’s decision to allow the politicization of the learning environment through the Day of Silence, which is sponsored by the highly partisan Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network, we feel compelled to call our child/children out of school on that day.

The administration errs when it allows the classroom to be disrupted and politicized by granting students permission to remain silent throughout an entire day. The protesters have a captive audience, many of whom disagree with and are made uncomfortable by the politicization of their classroom. How many political protests will the school allow, and who decides which political issue will be permitted to disrupt the educational process? 

Day of Silence participants have a First Amendment right to wear t-shirts, and if other extracurricular clubs put up posters and set up tables from which to distribute materials, “gay-straight alliances” have that right also. The Day of Silence participants go further, however, by exploiting the instructional time of every student in every class for an entire day in the service of their philosophical beliefs and partisan political purposes. Their silence, and in some cases, the silence of their teachers, transform the activities of the day.

By allowing students to remain silent, administrations fail to protect the classroom from intrusive, political exploitation. My child/children will not be part of this political appropriation of the classroom.

Sincerely,



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