Speaking of the Day of Silence observed at many schools to protest the “bullying” of homosexuals, WorldNetDaily says:
The following are some incidents that took place during the silent protests and were reported by Mission America:
- Phoenix, Ariz.: At Maryvale High School, a school announcement said the following: “Do you want to be “normal,” just another faceless drone of society? Neither do we! Come to the GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) every Wednesday after school in the lecture hall to learn how to be more accepting of your differences and the differences of others.” Parents were not informed of the meetings.Also in Phoenix, at Desert Ridge High School, Arizona Republic reported that nearly 250 students stayed home. A parent who objected to the observance hosted a pool party for students who refused to participate. His son received a death threat via text message, and police questioned a group of homosexual students who silently sat across the street from his home.
- Kirksville, Mo.: A parent reported that the Kirksville High School principal and superintendent laughed when she asked if her child could be excused from participating in the school’s Day of Silence. According to Mission America, she said, “They called me a narrow-minded bigot and refused to give excused absences.”Also in Missouri, more than 400 students protested by staying home from Raymore-Peculiar High School on the day of the silent observances.
- Chaska, Minn.: At Chaska High School, the observance was extended into a full week of activities promoting “diversity.” T-shirts were sold, and teachers were encouraged to join silent students in protest. Community events included a pow wow, discussion groups and a mayor’s pizza dinner.Also in Minnesota, Maple Grove school administrators reportedly told an 11th grade student he would be considered truant and his grades would suffer if he did not attend school.
- Indiana: Despite parent protests, a public school participated in the observance, told parents it was “against the law” to cancel the event and insisted absences would be unexcused for the day.
- Iowa: A school board member claimed that remaining silent to observe homosexuality would be no more disruptive than a “Christian wearing a cross” to classes.
- Oklahoma: A principal said that if he did not observance of the DOS, he would not be able to continue Bible clubs and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
- Milwaukee, Wis.: Germantown High School sold DOS T-shirts in the weeks prior to the event. An administrator claimed the day was not pro-homosexual, but a time to learn to tolerate all people. The school went so far as to show a clip of the movie “Exodus” and compare homosexual mistreatment to the Holocaust.
- Snoqualmie, Wash.: At Mount Si High School, Pastor Ken Hutcherson of Antioch Bible Church led a protest against the day. Hundreds of students and their parents peacefully gathered outside the school, and more than 600 students stayed home.
- Tampa, Fla.: Hillsborough County Commissioner Brian Blair called for parents to resist student participation in the day’s events, saying homosexuals weren’t the only ones who are bullied. Also in Florida, a principal threatened to give a student failing grades for the entire year if he did not participate in school that day.
- Santa Barbara, Calif.: Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) of Santa Barbara introduced a resolution recognizing the day and a 15-year-old cross-dresser, Larry King, who was murdered at school in California, the Ventura County Star reported. The 2008 event was dedicated to Larry.
- Providence, R.I.: At Feinstein High School, 130 students and teachers participated in the day. One boy called it “touching” and said a sea of gray T-shirts revealed a touching outpouring of support.
- Houston, Texas: At Pershing Middle School, a 14-year-old planned a silent protest to honor her “gay” best friend. Her mother supported her wholeheartedly.
- Reisterstown, Md.: At Franklin High School, posters promoted “gay” marriage, calling dissenters “homophobic.” The Christian Culture Club was banned from hanging posters with slogans or religious beliefs. The student president of the club protested, and to her surprise the school principal agreed to have the posters removed.
The question needs to be asked: “Who is truly dealing in hate and bullying?” It seems that Christians and conservatives are the targets, and not the GLBT crowd.