April 21, 2004


Gay Day of Silence (Malcolm A. Kline, April 20, 2004, Campus Report)

Students from grade school through college who refuse to respond to their teachers’ questions Wednesday are not necessarily staying mute because they haven’t done their homework and don’t know the answer.

Homosexual activist leaders have signed up thousands of students to participate in a nationwide Day of Silence on April 21. Still, their numbers look inflated and many scholars and religious leaders question their cause.

On the Day of Silence, students who sympathize with the gay rights movement are advised to present their teachers with a card written by the writers at the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Educational Network (GLSEN). “Please understand my reasons for not speaking today,” the card reads.

“I am participating in the Day of Silence, a national youth movement protesting the silence faced by lesbian, gay and transgender people and their allies. My deliberate silence echoes that silence, which is caused by harassment, prejudice, and discrimination. I believe that ending that 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?”

A day is a good start but they could demonstrate their seriousness by taking a lifetime vow of silence. Then just keep giving us all cards and we'll tell them when we want them to start yapping again.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 21, 2004 6:08 PM

Finally, the love that dare not shut the f**k up, does.

Posted by: Derek Copold at April 21, 2004 6:24 PM

Amen, Brother Judd, but lets forget the cards too.

Posted by: Tom Wall at April 21, 2004 7:10 PM

How much do you want to bet that this scheme was cooked up by a gay schoolteacher wanting to kill two birds with one stone? If it works, it's ingeneous, but I have a feeling that the (very few) kids who take part are the same ones that sit in the back morosely mumbling about how everyone else is sheep, so them staying silent isn't exactly big news.

Posted by: Timothy at April 21, 2004 8:06 PM

Soon a gay parent will sue in California claiming that it's unconstitutional for the other kids and teachers to continue talking, because it puts peer pressure on his kid to give up on his Day of Silence -- just like Newdow says his daughter can't keep silent during the Pledge due to peer pressure.

Posted by: pj at April 21, 2004 8:21 PM

Derek Copold beat me to it-- "thirty years from the love that dare not speak its name to the love that won't shut up."

And what happened to the Show Your Gay Solidarity by Wearing Blue Jeans Day?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at April 21, 2004 11:40 PM

We don't need a "Day of Silence" we need
a "Day of the Locust".

Posted by: J.H. at April 22, 2004 10:40 AM

This is awful. Gayness is about sex, for crying out loud. Surely even the pro-gay lobby should be upset about this. I don't know how young these schoolkids are, but this is the equivalent of enlisting the support of children in the battle for contraception or porn or pre-marital sex.

Posted by: Peter B at April 23, 2004 6:55 AM