Friday, March 27, 2015

It's that time of year: Focus on the Family attempts to undermine GLSEN's Day of Silence

On April 17 thousands of students across the country will participate in the student-led Day of Silence with organizational assistance from GLSEN. The objective of the DoS is to demonstrate the silencing effect that bullying has on LGBTQ students.  

On April 16, in an attempt to counter the message of the Day of Silence, Focus on the Family is organizing their Day of Dialog (very original, right?). According to the Parent/Pastor Guide:
Are the Christian teens you know prepared to respond when their biblical beliefs are challenged at school? When you consider that about 90 percent of school-age children attend public schools, it’s a crucial question. Often students hear a message contradictory to—and sometimes even ridiculing — what they learn in church and at home, especially when it comes to issues surrounding relationships and sexuality.

There is the notion of parity here. It is a false equivalence. The Day of Silence is an elegant and peaceful means of generating awareness of a real problem. It makes no imposition on anyone else. Focus' counter-demonstration is an involuntary imposition of Christian faith masking an anti-gay agenda that serves no real purpose because it does not address a real problem. They attempt to define a problem in collateral materials. Apparently they are threatened if their children learn that gay people actually exist (Jim Daly probably has an iPhone):
… in thousands of schools every year,  the Day of Silence® is sponsored by one of the nation’s largest homosexual advocacy groups—GLSEN®, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.  During the event, teachers are encouraged to display homosexual-themed books and materials  in the classroom. (This year’s Day of Silence is on April 17.)

Are the teens in your life equipped to articulate a Christ-centered, biblically based response? With teen-friendly resources, the event empowers students of faith to express a redemptive, biblically based response when they encounter sensitive topics like bullying, sexuality and identity being discussed at their school—and in the culture at large.
Yes, some faggot in that video "used to be gay."
And that link in the quoted text. It's not to GLSEN; it is to a web page titled What you need to know about GLSEN and other groups:
These days, homosexual-themed lessons for children as young as preschool age are often promoted and pushed into schools by national activist groups. You may have heard groups mentioned in connection with so-called “safe schools” programs in your community—with names like GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, or the “Welcoming Schools” program from the Human Rights Campaign. But what are these groups really all about? What are they really teaching children?

Often, instruction about things like cross-dressing, same-sex marriage and homosexual relationships are promoted to young children under innocuous sounding titles like “tolerance” or “diversity” teaching. At the older grade levels, materials and books have been marketed as “anti-bias” teaching tools that contain sexually explicit information and—ironically—ridicule faith-based and socially conservative points of view. (You can view some examples of these materials in the “Concerning Classroom Material” and “Concerning Books” links in the “What Parents Should Know” box on the the right-hand side of this page).
Note that they refer to transgender people as “cross dressers.” Then they make it perfectly clear that teaching children about diversity and tolerance is some sort of sinister conspiracy to recruit their children into homosexuality. On another page titled Backgrounder: What Parents Should Know About GLSEN they denigrate both the organization and its founder, Kevin Jennings — portraying him as an anti-Christian bigot. On another page they misrepresent the classroom materials which they claim:
Sexualize classes with one-sided messages promoting homosexuality, bisexuality, transgenderism, etc., while excluding other viewpoints.
Sexualize? What? Is diversity erotic? Pornographic? What does that mean? Moreover, nobody promotes homosexuality. It's an absurd notion. Focus should have ditched that nonsense years ago and sexual orientation is most certainly not a point of view to be debated. To look respectable they make this claim:
Stand Against Bullying. The Bible says all human beings are created by God. So every life is sacred and should be protected from harm. That’s why Christians should be the first to stand against bullying.
Yet in the final analysis, this is what they want children to do and to learn:
Share God’s Truth. God cares about us so much that He designed the best, loving plan for our relationships and sexuality. Through this event, you have the freedom to talk about it.
So exactly what is a gay kid supposed to think when he hears that bullshit? And how respectful can these Christian children be when they are told that gay people are not following God's plan?

The Day of Silence is necessary because groups like Focus on the Family make it necessary.

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