Friday, March 29, 2013

It's spring - Time for Focus on the Family to roll out their Day-of-Dialogue detritus

Focus on the Family has a spring fetish. Some years ago they decided that GLSEN's Day of Silence was "homosexual indoctrination." These days Focus frames their bigotry with self-victimization (their favorite indoor sport). The problem isn't the fact that gay kids come home bullied and bloodied. Oh no. It's the bullies who are the real victims. Uh HUH!

Focus Sr. VP, Tom Minnery, writes in an email today:
Lately, it seems that we're constantly seeing those who hold biblical values regarding sexuality being urged, through social pressure, to keep their views to themselves.
"Seems" to whom exactly? It is as inappropriate for their ignorant kids to tell gay children that they are going to hell as it would be for them to express similar sentiments about Jews     even though they hold both beliefs to be true.
It would be nice to think that only adults have to deal with this issue in the public square—but our kids are possibly under the most pressure of all. Next month, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network will hold its annual Day of Silence in schools nationwide, a time when teachers are encouraged to display homosexual-themed materials in their classrooms.
They could end the Day of Silence forever by teaching respect and tolerance.

The Day of Silence exists and is necessary because of a lack of intelligent parenting. Moreover, their children are not free to proselytize in our public schools. If that's a problem then they are free to send their children to Christian schools.
Fortunately, there is an alternative to silence. On April 18, students from coast to coast will take part in the annual Day of Dialogue®, which Focus on the Family started three years ago to encourage thoughtful discussions between students on the issue. It's a great way for students of faith to share not only what they believe about human sexuality and God's design for marriage, but why they believe it, with their classmates.
Sorry but they don't get a hall pass to spread ignorance in public schools any more than they get to disrupt science classes with Creationism. Public schools are not places for bible study. Do it at home. Do it in church.

As GLSEN explains: "The Day of Silence is a student-led national event that brings attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. Students from middle school to college take a vow of silence in an effort to encourage schools and classmates to address the problem of anti-LGBT behavior by illustrating the silencing effect of bullying and harassment on LGBT students and those perceived to be LGBT."

By the way, originally, their alternative day coincided with the Day of Silence.  Then they realized that they could not compete with fairness and tolerance. Now, they are scheduling their nonsense for the day prior.
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