Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Day of Silence: A Parent Questions School District

Most public school districts across the nation are once again "not sponsoring" the annual "Day of Silence," while they support it with radical departures from the normal daily course of teaching, including not talking out loud, all to promote the homosexual agenda in the classroom.

This year it is planned for this Friday, April 16th.

Fortunately there is a national Christian response also planned called "Day of Truth" for Thursday, April 15th. You may go to this link for more information on "Day of Truth".

Parents should give serious thought as to how they and their child will respond to this day of indoctrination and even intimidation in some cases.

One of our readers, a concerned parent, contacted their local school district with some questions. Both the answers and the spirit of the answers from the school district is revealing.

Here is the email conversation between a concerned citizen and the public school district.

Parent's email to the school:

Re: Homosexual "Day of Silence"

Attn: Patti Banks
Principal Jensen-Drum
Mrs. Gavin-Drum
Mrs. Perkins-Drum
Principal Goodpaster-Evergreen
Mrs. Case-Evergreen

As you know, on or about April 16, many school officials across the
country will allow a social and political action in the classroom to take
place. It is known as the homosexual "Day of Silence." Sponsored by
GLSEN, thousands of ill-informed students will be permitted to remain
silent throughout the entire day-even during instructional time-to
promote GLSEN's socio-political goals and its controversial, unproven and
destructive theories on the nature and morality of homosexuality.

School administrators err when they allow the classroom to be
disrupted and politicized or allow teachers to create lesson plans to
accommodate student silence. No school should support a view of
homosexuality that is physically, emotionally and spiritually destructive
to individuals and society.

Disapproval of homosexuality is not "hatred;" nor is it "bullying;"
nor does it constitute an "incitement to violence." It is permissible and
ethical to express disapproval of harmful and dangerous homosexual
behavior. Therefore, if the UPSD is going to allow GLSEN or students to
promote the homosexual "Day of Silence," as a parent that actively
opposes the hijacking of the classroom for political purposes, I will
keep my daughters home from school this day.

Please inform me and all parents in the UPSD if school officials will be
permitting GLSEN or students to promote and participate in the
controversial homosexual "Day of Silence." In addition, if allowances are
made for the contentious homosexual "Day of Silence," what promotions and
allowances are being made for the "Day of Truth" that allows students,
school officials, teachers, parents and special guest speakers to speak
openly about the truth and consequences of homosexual behavior?

Sincerely,

Then, the school's response:

I understand that you continue to oppose the 'Day of
Silence' observed by students in many school districts
nationally/regionally on April 16. As I have indicated in past years,
however, while the district would not initiate or sponsor this activity,
neither would we oppose student-initiated activities of this kind.
Students have the right--within certain parameters--to engage in
activities associated with freedom of speech. If our students were to
organize and/or choose to participate in this activity, we would impose
the following requirements:

1. Students who choose to participate may do so, but they may not in any
way coerce or pressure other students to participate.

2. Staff will respect any student's decision to observe and be silent
during this day; however, students will comply with any direction from a
staff member--including a direction to answer questions, etc.,--when that
direction is necessary for the safety of the student or other students.

3. Students will be expected to attend class, be on time, and otherwise
comply with normal school procedures.

4. Students who choose to participate in Day of Silence activities will
do so in a manner that does not disrupt the learning environment;
actually, it is difficult to imagine how student silence for a day would
be disruptive.

Thanks for your e-mail, and your interest in UPSD. patti.

Then, the parent's response to the school's response/non-response:

Hello Ms. Banks and thank you for your quick response.

You only answered one of the questions that I asked however.

Does your policy, "Students have the right-within certain parameters-to engage in activities associated with freedom of speech," equally apply to the nationally recognized "DAY OF TRUTH," which is observed by students in many school districts nationally/regionally, in most cases the day after the controversial "Day of Silence?"

If so, has the UPSD made it clear to school officials, teachers and students that they may also observe the nationally recognized "DAY OF TRUTH" and practice their free speech rights-speaking openly about the truth and consequences of homosexuality without fear, harassment, threat or punishment?

Actually, you may want to investigate past observances of the "Day of Silence" as they have been extremely disruptive and threatening in numerous school districts across the country.

Sincerely,

Schools response to the non-response question?
So far, silence.

And that is the way freedom of speech works in the classroom. Particularly when it involves the homosexual agenda.

Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Active. Be Blessed.

________________
Gary Randall
President
Faith & Freedom

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13 comments:

  1. Gary, this is very revealing and saddening. They claim to not sponsor the day, while accomodating it with all resources. I'm certain that kind of creedance is not given to Day of Truth. God bless you, keep up the good work.

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  2. [b] I'm certain that kind of creedance is not given to Day of Truth.[/b]

    Read the reply - the school district is doing NOTHING other than accommodating the students the way the would any other students.

    You want to have a "Day of Truth" where some other students don't speak, have at it - they will be accommodated in the same way.

    The right of all students to engage in non disruptive political speech and acts is constitutionally protected - even for the ones who hold opinions you don't like.

    But then stirring up tempest in teapots and pretending they are being victimized is what Christianists do best...

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  3. Yes it is very revealing and saddening. The parent seems very upset that anyone at the school is allowed to express any opinion on LGBT issues that differs from her own. Furthermore she tries to equate the non-disruptive activity of remaining silent with the purposefully disruptive activity of telling other students that who they are is wrong. She seems to be laboring under the delusion that allowing students to engage in anti-gay speech during class time is the same as allowing students to remain silent during class unless called upon (something I'd imagine happens everyday in most classes).

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  4. "And that is the way freedom of speech works in the classroom. Particularly when it involves the homosexual agenda."

    I see no indication that students participating in the so-called "Day of Truth" are being denied the very same right to be silent that students participating in the "Day of Silence" are being given. From the letter, it seems that what the former group of students wish is the right to disrupt class by speaking out against to condemn their fellow students. If the activities planned for day of silence revolved around telling anti-gay students what hateful bigots they are during class time, you might have an analogy there, instead you just have a pathetic whine that your side isn't being granted special rights.

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  5. The school clearly states they would not "oppose student-initiated activities of this kind." So, the question is answered: If students want to organize a "Day of Truth," the school will not stand in their way.

    But the "Day of Truth" is a dud every year because there's little interest by students to start or participate in it. It's easier to lay the blame on the schools than it is to admit this lack of interest.

    Based on the number of lies and misconceptions about gay people in this parent's letter, it's obvious why a "Day of Silence" is needed.

    Real suffering comes from the perpetuation of these lies. The quickest way to end the "Day of Silence" is to stop insisting that others live by your private religious moral code.

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  6. Whose insisting anyone is to live by Christian ethics? I am a writer, and have written articles and a book that is considered controversial as it presents issues from a Biblical perspective...has those who don't agree remain silence or even polite in their opinions...NO.

    The truth be known, I have seen ugly comments and reviews based on ignorance and prejudice - these folks committing the very "sins" of intolerance and bigotry they are far too quick to accuse the Christian camp of doing. And this holds true for any Christian writer who addresses contemporary issues from a Biblical perspective.

    Point is, I didn't see anything about the Day of Truth being presented to the students in the same manner and the Day of Silence...curious.

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  7. Just like the school districts around the country, it seems as though Gary's blog has also been hijacked by pro homosexual liberals. Speaking out against something that is morally deplorable does not make it wrong. Homosexual behavior is not an organic state it is a dangerous choice - a lifestyle that leads to higher incidence of violent abuse, infidelity, instability and disease. Not to mention higher incidence of drug abuse, suicide, alcohol abuse, STDs and broken families. Why would any school district or thinking citizen support this bad choice of lifestyle? As for you - the people who have hijacked this site for your amusement and attempted to intimidate and scare away those of us who actually read it... I wish you would play in a different sand box. You are just a party crasher, and it is bad manners.

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  8. Regardless of the issue, schools should focus on education. Using public schools for any political purposes is inappropriate. Those who defend the day of silence , need to realize they are supporting the right to put homosexuals , blacks, Christians, etc in an envirnoment while ata public school that may or may not be approriate also.

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  9. I wonder why you are so passionate
    about the homosexual life style?

    Where do you draw the line between
    free will and controlling others actions?

    It seems to me that the day of silence is not really that disruptive and school's response
    was reasonable.

    I can see where the day of truth would be disruptive and hard to control with signs
    and placards in the hallways.

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  10. Wow, I had no idea that biblical conservatives were such a bunch of bed wetters. Seems the slightest hint that some might have and express a different opinion sends them to the nearest fainting couch.

    6:23 PM is horrified to learn that when you write a book people express their opinions on what is in the book. This holds true regardless of the perspective you write from. Expecting everyone else to remain silent is ridiculous. It's called the free market of ideas, you are more than welcome to participate, but so is everyone else. Ain't freedom grand?

    10:05 PM, Seems to think everything is about her. Seems those of us, who disagree with Gary aren't just expressing our opinions (at least as much as the censors will allow), no we're somehow trying to scare and intimidate people like her. I guess she finds opposing view points scary and intimidating. I know when I post here I usually have two goals, express my opinion and correct misrepresentations of fact that I see posted. Again, welcome to the free marketplace of ideas. Come on in, everyone might not agree with you, but that needn't be either scary or intimidating.

    Seems some folks think the freedom in Faith and Freedom Network is just for show.

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  11. Speaking out against something that is morally deplorable does not make it wrong.
    Who has said it was wrong or not allowed? Again, Christianist students are promoting a 'Day of Truth' just as others are a 'Day of Silence'. Both have a right to do so within the constitutional law. I mean I think Christianists are morally deplorable and would not want to give up my right to say so just to shut them up.

    I guess its not amazing that Christianists want to have rights that they don't allow for others - its pretty much their entire theme.

    Those who defend the day of silence , need to realize they are supporting the right to put homosexuals , blacks, Christians, etc in an envirnoment while ata public school that may or may not be approriate also. Those who defend the day of silence , need to realize they are supporting the right to put homosexuals , blacks, Christians, etc in an envirnoment while ata public school that may or may not be approriate also.

    Again, presenting the student's constitutional right to political action and speech within limits as if it were somehow undesirable. What America did you people grow up in where a legal expression of constitutional rights is viewed as 'inappropriate'?

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  12. Point is, I didn't see anything about the Day of Truth being presented to the students in the same manner and the Day of Silence...curious.

    What and who is presenting anything? Again the Day of Silence is a student activity, it is neither sponsored or endorsed by the schools or their representatives.

    Again, the Day of Silence is about students asking, never demanding. Its about cooperation, not defiance and condemnation.

    Please explain what you mean by 'presented' as in the specific who's and the specific what's because your comment makes no sense in light of what actually happens.

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  13. 10:05
    "Homosexual behavior is not an organic state it is a dangerous choice - a lifestyle that leads to higher incidence of violent abuse, infidelity, instability and disease. Not to mention higher incidence of drug abuse, suicide, alcohol abuse, STDs and broken families. Why would any school district or thinking citizen support this bad choice of lifestyle? "

    Good comment. It is hard to grasp that schools pander this lifestyle as an acceptable choice when the statistics are so clear.

    10:54
    Leave the poor woman alone (if it is a woman) How is it that voicing concern for the welfare of these confused boys and girls is "all about her"? It seems to be all about the kids more.

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