In honor of the Day of Silence today, conservative Christian groups are trying to make their case for “True Tolerance” (i.e. gay-bashing should be allowed.)
Focus on the Family has begun a website, TrueTolerance:
Concerned about the pro-gay agenda in your child’s public school? It’s sad, but many public schools have, in the name of “tolerance,” stifled free speech and true diversity by silencing students of faith, and those with conservative perspectives.
This isn’t true tolerance. True Tolerance means a free and respectful exchange of ideas.
Of course, no one is stifling Christians from speaking their mind. The people in charge of this just have a persecution complex. They love to play the victim, and they love it even moreso on days when real victims are supposed to be in the spotlight.
They also are using the DoS to spread inaccurate information about what the day is all about:
… it’s irresponsible for public schools to allow students to be pushed by outside national groups to embrace a sexual lifestyle. They should at least allow students to make informed decisions by letting them hear both sides of the story.
Where are all the Christians who disagree? What are they doing to call these people out for hijacking their faith? Why are they not opposing these actions more vocally?
Maybe one solution is for Christians to participate in the Day of Silence, and send letters to the Illinois Family Institute and other conservative Christian groups telling them what a positive experience it was for them.
No one should be stifling the homophobes’ right to free speech. But everyone can say they’re acting ridiculous and doing more harm than good. There’s a reason the Illinois Family Institute — the group behind the Day of Silence Walkout — is considered a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Christians who actually care about gay people (like most claim they do) should not be keeping silent about this.