This Friday April 15th, the Day of Silence will be observed in many schools. As explained at Touchstone:
It is organized by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (“GLSEN”), and on this day, as described on the GLSEN website, “hundreds of thousands of students across the world take a vow of silence.” The ostensible purpose is to raise “awareness of the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying, harassment and discrimination.”
Now I am all for efforts to stop bullying. To be specific, no kid should be bullied because he or she identifies as gay or is perceived to be gay. Bullying is wrong, period. As I’ve posted before, I take bullying personally.
But there is a problem with most gay-backed programs purporting to oppose bullying. The gay activist organizations themselves engage in bullying against those, even other gays, who disagree with their agenda. In fact, I once supported an anti-bullying organization until it became clear they backed bullying Christians. (Sorry, I have forgotten the said organization.)
As for GLSEN, their claim to oppose “discrimination” gives a clue to the bullying they support. They on their website oppose efforts to protect the religious freedom of those who do not want to participate in gay weddings. So they are fine with, say, a Christian baker being bullied into baking a cake for a gay wedding under threats of fines and being put out of business.
So, although I personally would not go as far as Touchstone in opposing the Day of Silence, I think it would be appropriate to ask schools hosting DoS and DoS organizers – Should Christians among others be allowed not to participate in gay weddings, in gay activist activities, in the Day of Silence for that matter, and the like without harassment, retribution, punishment or any form of bullying?
If the answer is not a clear “Yes”, then I think it appropriate to point out that those backing an anti-bullying campaign should not at the same time be backing bullying.
And that, of course, would disqualify virtually all gay activist organizations.