Day of Silence? Meet the Day of the Golden Rule.

The Day of Silence is tomorrow, Friday, the 25th of April. LGBT students across the nation will spend the day silently, handing out cards to people who talk to them, creating awareness of the name-calling and hate speech that can punctuate the everyday world of open (and not) LGBT students. The cards will read as follows:

“Silent for Lawrence King:
Please understand my reasons for not speaking today. I am participating in the Day of Silence (DOS), a national youth movement bringing attention to the silence faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their allies. My deliberate silence echoes that silence, which is caused by anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment. This year’s DOS is held in memory of Lawrence King, a 15 year-old student who was killed in school because of his sexual orientation and gender expression. I believe that ending the silence is the first step toward building awareness and making a commitment to address these injustices. Think about the voices you are not hearing today.”

And the response from Christians? Sadly predictible. From missionamerica.com:

A nationwide coalition of Christian and pro-family groups is calling for parents to keep children out of schools on Friday, April 25, 2008 – the day when thousands of middle schools, junior highs, and high schools will observe the 12th annual “National Day of Silence.”

Buddy Smith of American Family Association asserts, “It’s outrageous that our neighborhood schools would allow homosexual activism to intrude into the classroom. ‘Day of Silence’ is about coercing students to repudiate traditional morality. It’s time for Christian parents to draw the line – if your children will be exposed to this DOS propaganda in their school, then keep them home for the day.”

“It amounts to educational malpractice for school officials to engage in one-sided homosexual activism,” said Matt Barber of Concerned Women for America. “Our schools are supposed to be places of learning, not places of political indoctrination. It is the height of impropriety and cynicism for “gay” activists and school officials to use children as pawns in their attempt to further a highly controversial and polarizing political agenda.”

But on his blog, Warren Throckmorton suggested a different approach:

I have a different idea. How about considering this day an opportunity to promote treating others the way you want to be treated? Perhaps kids could go to school equipped with index cards which have Luke 6:31 written, “Do to others as you would have them do to you” with a pledge to honor this Scripture. It seems to me that Christian kids could be leading the way with a pledge to keep the Golden Rule.

Could this approach be more productive than staying home?

There is this fear that so many Christians have that if they do or say something encouraging or loving to a gay person instead of confronting gay people about their sin, they’re “promoting” a gay lifestyle. So in that heart, gay people cease to become people and instead embody the “enemy.”

The Golden Rule campaign is in full swing.  Go to Warren’s website for more information.  And for crying out loud, take a stand against idiotic moralizing and take a stand for Jesus and his heart for the lost.

There are two organizations fighting this day of what they assume to be propaganda.

The Day of Truth is to be held the next school day after the Day of Silence. The Alliance Defense Fund started this day:

…to defending the right to hear and speak the Truth. More specifically, ADF launched this project in 2005 to ensure the free speech rights of Christian students to present an opposing viewpoint to those organizations that promote homosexual behavior in the schools. In 2007, Focus on the Family and Exodus International joined the project, providing information and support regarding the theological, social, research, and religious ministry issues central to this debate. Neither these organizations nor participants in the Day of Truth are trying to force their views on anyone, but are merely exercising their First Amendment rights to present another side to this issue.

I get emails on this damn thing all the time. Friends are certain that I must be for this thing because it’s to protect the rights of students to “speak the truth” against homosexuality.

Uh, no. Vociferously no. I don’t give a rat’s ass about the rights of Christians. I do care about Jesus.

This Day of Silence isn’t some agenda to advance homosexuality. This isn’t some campaign to turn your straight sons and daughters to the dark side. This is about love. It is about not wanting to promote the kind of vicious attitudes that gets kids like Lawrence King killed for being different. Gay people know the Laws of God. They get it from all sides, and not always in the most Christlike manner possible. This day is not about that. It is about NOT GETTING HURT, either physically or emotionally.

If we can’t stand up for that, for the simplest most basic need of not being hurt or killed for being different—and the Golden Rule takes it down to this most basic, spiritually primal level—then we’re failing this culture. We’ve segregated gay people into a corner and turned them into a political cause instead of thinking, feeling people who could well benefit from a touchable Jesus, a moment where the love of Christ can be modeled and displayed in the most personal, practicable way possible.

But no. It’s about the “rights” of Christians and the ‘rights” of families to speak the “truth”—instead of modeling it. I’m praying this year that there are courageous young men and women who will live the truth and share the Golden Rule of Jesus Christ instead of battling for their rights to give flaccid lipservice to same.

Are you involved in either of these programs this year? If so, let us know what your experiences were. I’d be curious to hear stories from the field.

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~ by WriterRand on April 24, 2008.

8 Responses to “Day of Silence? Meet the Day of the Golden Rule.”

  1. Hey thanks for mentioning this! We are beginning a prayer time for safety and reconciliation right now. If anyone is on Facebook, you can sign up for this here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=15485194851

    Also, if any readers are from the Seattle Washington area, please contact me at warrenthrockmorton@gmail.com.

  2. WHY would a Christian parent send their children to a government institution which is not much more than a Darwinian Seminary? Why would a parent in their right mind subject their child to 6-8 hours a day of being mentored by a socialist that will teach not only the 3 R’s but socialize them from a distinctly ant-Christian perspective? Do parents REALLY think that can counteract such indoctrination with what little time they will spend with their children or the Sunday school teacher for one hour a week? It is time for parents to stop abdicating their responsibility and (with the help of the church if necessary) either home-school their children or have them attend Christian schools which share their worldview and morality. Children are not called to be missionaries, yet. They need be first be discipled by their parents and the church. It is NOT the child’s vocation to fight these culture wars in the public school.

  3. Just to clarify your first sentence, not all Day of Silence participants are LGBT. My impression is that most participants are not LGBT.

    I think DoS is a great movement — assuming it doesn’t disrupt classes. When I was in high school 15 years ago, identifying as gay was not an option and being accused of being gay was the worst insult.

    I think Throckmorton’s is a great idea for an alternative, but it’s not clear to me why an alternative movement is needed.

  4. Rik, I think it’s a little paranoid and hysterical of you to think that a public school is a “Darwinian Seminary” and that public school teachers are socialists and/or anti-Christian (especially seeing as my parents and brother were and are public school teachers and I plan to be one myself). I attended a public school where there was a large community of Christian students. More than that, I’m in an education department at my public university where I know tons of great Christians who are going to teach in public schools. The whole “anti-Christian perspective” that is supposedly taught in public schools is a myth. Most teachers remain neutral in order to not interfere with the beliefs of their students. There are zealots on both sides who do let their worldviews get in the way of their jobs, and unfortunately they have the loudest voices, but don’t paint us all like that.

  5. Ain’t nothing tragic like a Christian who constantly lives in fear. Yup, I know – a Christian who promotes fear in others.

    American Christians live in fear of people who need Jesus like Christians need Jesus. The pathos of the “persecuted” American Christian, living in constant fear of gays, feminists, pagans, etc. is telling of our greater succumbing to the American pathos of fear of the outside world. It’s American isolationism in the church.

    Christians in America have failed young people like Larry King. Standing up for justice and mercy is a part of a Christian duty. We spend too much time focusing on a person’s sins rather seeing the need of a person being delivered from the bondage of sin which Christ the Lord can only bring to the world.

    This Day of Silence for GBLT and their allies should be a day of repentance for the American Church for it’s constant “sin” of living in “false” fear and and unrighteousness indignation. Christians need to do the Word, not just hear it or shout to those who don’t understand.

    May the Lord bless you and keep you.

  6. Jason, I am honored that this blog is on your blogroll. I was blown away, brother.

  7. dude – i know this is a bit late but i whole heartedly agree with your post.

    the day of silence was about awareness, cause the school days of a gay teen are horrible. i applaud your stance and pray that more Christians live up to their name: followers of CHRIST.

    amen brother.

  8. I participated in the Day of Silence at my school this year, and it made me realize that the majority of the population doesn’t support the LGBTQ community. Most people wanted Day of Silence t-shirts just so they could look like they were a part of something. We weren’t supposed to talk throughout the entire day, but I saw people walking around carrying on full conversations. Then, they would walk into class and pretend they hadn’t said a word all day. It sickens me that we can live in a society where people can be so disrespectful and ignorant.

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