Bigots Again Want Kids to Stay Home on Day of Silence

We’re a month away from the Day of Silence, when tens of thousands of students will stay silent for an entire day at school to draw attention to the bullying and silencing of LGBT youth in schools. So that means it’s time for a huge group of bigoted assholes to demand that parents keep their kids home from school that day lest they suddenly turn gay.

If you have school age children, contact your administration as soon as possible to ask this specific question: Will you be permitting students to refuse to speak in class on the Day of Silence? If the administration either answers “Yes” or dodges the question, please call your child or children out of school on the Day of Silence. Every absence costs districts money, and money talks.

Also, if your school will be permitting students to refuse to speak in class, politely insist that an email be sent to every family informing them of the following: 1. The Day of Silence will be taking place in classes on April 17, 2. Students will be permitted to refuse to speak during instructional time, 3. The Day of Silence is organized and promoted by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.

Parents have a right to know.

The Day of Silence is the queen of all the numerous homosexuality-affirming activities that take place in public schools. It started in one university and then like a cancer metastasized to thousands of high schools, and then into middle schools. Before long it will take place in elementary schools. Leftists know that it’s easier to indoctrinate 16-year-olds than 36-year-olds and easier still to indoctrinate 6-year-olds.

The letter is signed by a veritable Who’s Who of Christian right bigots, including Matt Barber, Linda Harvey, Peter LaBarbera, Mat Staver, Scott Lively and many others. And they are all absolutely terrified at the notion that their children might be exposed to other kids who don’t think gay kids should be bullied and that this mere thought will inspire them to drop to their knees not to pray but to fellate someone. Is your parenting so weak that the mere acknowledgement that anti-gay bullying exists and is wrong will make your child suddenly fabulous?

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  • Kaintukee Bob

    Unless I am wrong in my recollection, the Day of Silence explicitly permits speaking on strictly school-related issues. Students are not told to stay silent when called upon to answer a question, or to stay silent during a time assigned for a speech. The event is not designed to prevent students from participating in their classwork.

    So what I’m hearing is these bigots think the kids should be encouraged to gossip, flirt, brag, and otherwise disrupt classes in the way they do most other days.

    Honestly, I’d think educators would *encourage* the Day of Silence – I know if I had to listen to the banal whinging of 900+ teenagers every day, I’d do anything I could to get them to shut up.

  • John Pieret

    “Not bullying” = “homosexuality-affirming”

    Does anything more need to be said about these people?

  • JustaTech

    How do absences cost the district money? You’re costing your children educational time when you haul them out of school, but I don’t see how it costs the school any *more* money to not bus, feed, or teach those kids for one day.

  • matty1

    drop to their knees not to pray but to fellate someone

    Some might say those two activities are not as different as they appear.

  • theguy

    “Will you be permitting students to refuse to speak in class on the Day of Silence?”

    So if I understand, fundies like Shitely don’t want gay people to speak out, and now they don’t want them to be silent either? Make up your three-and-a-half brain cells, people!

    @3

    Yeah, that doesn’t make any sense. Parents pay property taxes that fund the public schools whether or not they themselves have children in the public schools or don’t even have children. They’d have to move to a different district, but they tried that already; it was called White Flight and the harm caused by that is still being felt today.

  • marcus

    Ed: “Is your parenting so weak…?”

    Yes.

  • aplusvplus

    “…it’s easier to indoctrinate 16-year-olds than 36-year-olds and easier still to indoctrinate 6-year-olds.”

    If only they had universal indignation for this.

  • http://kamakanui.zenfolio.com Kamaka

    Leftists know that it’s easier to indoctrinate 16-year-olds than 36-year-olds and easier still to indoctrinate 6-year-olds.

    Project much, jesus freaks?

    Leftist indoctrination: Bullying is wrong.

    Religionist indoctrination: Homos are all going to hell.

  • matty1

    it’s easier to indoctrinate 16-year-olds than 36-year-olds and easier still to indoctrinate 6-year-olds.

    “Give me a child until he is seven…”

  • sugarfrosted

    @3 Many states have funding based on daily attendance and given the cost of operations day to day is fixed regardless of attendance, they can in fact lose money. Whether or not this policy makes sense is a different issue.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    So does this mean that if I give my girlfriend the “silent treatment,” it’ll turn her into a lesbian?

  • dugglebogey

    I wonder what it’s like to be on that side, the pro-bullying side.

    Actually, if you’re pro-bullying, that makes it okay if I beat the shit out of you, right?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1017276335 Strewth

    How tyrannical is it to demand that the authority of the school be used to strip children of the right to not speak if they choose not to? Ve haff vays uff mekking you tak, indeed.

  • marcus

    Raging Bee @

    “So does this mean that if I give my girlfriend the “silent treatment,” it’ll turn her into a lesbian?”

    Probably not. However, it might turn her into someone else’s girlfriend.

  • Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    Okay, so, even though Ed doesn’t frame it this way,

    what about the legal question???

    Tinker v DesMoines, dirt bags. What do you want the school to do? Unconstitutionally abuse children’s rights in order to make sure that they are taught nothing but how to be a good Christian according to your particular sect’s interpretation of “good Christian”????

    …Oh, crap. I think that there’s a flaw in my argument.

  • erichoug

    At a certain point, we have to just accept the fact that some people are just assholes.

  • http://essaressellwye.tumblr.com Hershele Ostropoler

    I’m guessing “permit students not to speak” means not docking them points for participation.

    I love point 3. Is GLSEN trying to hide their involvement? Of course not, but these people are so stuck on the notion that queerness is shameful that they can’t imagine the organization operating openly.

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    So does this mean that if I give my girlfriend the “silent treatment,” it’ll turn her into a lesbian?

    No, Raging Bee. It means you’ll turn gay.

  • grendelsfather

    You know, if these bigoted bastards really want to deny the public schools funding based on attendance, the best way would be for them not to have children in the first place. That’s a plan I could totally support.

  • Michael Heath

    grendelsfathers writes:

    You know, if these bigoted bastards really want to deny the public schools funding based on attendance, the best way would be for them not to have children in the first place. That’s a plan I could totally support.

    Not me. One of the most victimized groups is the children of these bigots.

  • marcus

    Michael Heath @ 20 They can’t be victimized if they don’t exist.

    (I know what you thought you read.)

  • mac1271

    It seems to me that this will actually generate bullying against any kid who does not participate in the silence. This actually makes those claiming to be bullied into silence guilty of what they are claiming to be against. I think you could get a lot more support for just being against all bullying or attempts to silence or isolate anyone. Dont make the day about not bullying one group if you truly are against bullying for all. Otherwise those organizing this are actually trying to bully all the students to support them or face the shaming of not.

  • http://essaressellwye.tumblr.com Hershele Ostropoler

    Are you saying “it stands to reason” or is there actually some evidence of this happening, beyond isolated incidents?