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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

More on Day of Silence / Day of Truth

The Danbury News-Times weighs in on the free speech controversy at Danbury High:

The Day of Silence promotes a safe and nonjudgmental environment for students, particularly those who may be gay, lesbian or struggling with their sexual identity. The Day of Silence was part of Peace Week at the school, an annual event that includes a day for random acts of kindness and another for giving others compliments.

The Youth Alive Club, though, wanted to observe a national Day of Truth with the speaker who believes that gays need to change what she considers sinful behavior.

Peace Week? Who could disagree with that? At least they didn't put Day of Truth in quotes.

The subtitle of the editorial reads, "Decisions should not be based on threat of lawsuit." I agree.

The problem is that this is not what happened.
The subtitle would have better read, "Public schools need to stop violating the First Amendment rights of citizens and stop forcing them to run to Federal court to have their rights upheld, especially when the law is so clear."

Anyone in Connecticut with children in a public high school needs to ask their children about the amount of time that is spent on activities such as Peace Weeks, Days of Silence, and various skits, plays, films and other similar vehicles designed to being about the politicization of youth rather than their education, and the quasi-criminalization of alternate viewpoints.

On the other hand, since some schools are apparently giving kids "gag orders" not to tell their parents about the homosexual indoctrination they are receiving, it may not do any good.

1 comment:

Patrich B. said...

What do you think the day of truth is other than the politicization of youth? They do not attempt to counter the day of silence, if they truly wished to express an alternative view point in a respectful matter they would seek a dialog with gay students (student to student, not adult lead organization) about the issues that the day of silence is talking about, something the day of truth does in no way. There always should be a place in schools for respectful differences of opinion, but the Day of Truth’s misleading promotion of a ‘compassionate and loving dialogue’ does a disservice to the complicated social and moral issues that one finds in the debate surrounding the ‘truth’ about homosexuality.