writer and public speaker Sharon is the President and Executive
Director of The Center for Changing Worldviews, a non-profit
corporation founded for the purpose of increasing the conservative,
pro-family voice in a predominantly liberal society. Sharon
produces and hosts Changing Worldviews TALK Radio which is
the media outreach of The Center, and is heard Monday, Wednesday
and Friday on KDIA AM1640 San Francisco/Vallejo and online
daily at Oneplace.com. Sharon has worked to promote civic
responsibility on the grassroots level since 1992 through
various organizations such as Eagle Forum, so that America
will continue to be a land of liberty, respect for human
dignity and family integrity, as well as public and private
virtue. For further information on Sharon and The Center
go to www.changingworldviews.com or
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of Silence' - Just a Foot in the Door
The Gay Agenda Alive and Well on School Campuses…
[Sharon Hughes] 4/21/04
Today (Wednesday, April 21st) will see the annual 'Day of Silence'
observed on close to 2,000 junior high, high school, college
campuses across America. This project of the Gay, Lesbian and
Straight Education Network (GLSEN) is an adult generated, student-led
activity where "those who support making anti-LGBT bias
unacceptable in schools take a day-long vow of silence to recognize
and protest the discrimination and harassment -- in effect, the
silencing -- experienced by LGBT students and their allies." However,
while junior high and high school campuses may only observe the
'Day of Silence' college and universities take it much further.
has designated the entire month of April 2004 as "Gaypril" month, hosted by the Bisexual, Gay,
Lesbian, Transgender and Supporters Alliance on campus, which
includes gay pride celebrations, a panel on sadomasochism, 'lobbying'
for gender-segregated bathrooms including showing a documentary, "Toilet
Training", the popular 'Day of Silence', and more, all for
the purpose of addressing "homophobia, biphobia and transphobia."
Michigan State University's Pride week includes a Drag Show,
a Speak-Out and Kiss-In at the Administration building in addition
to observing the Day of Silence. Not only that but this campus
boasts a Gay Faculty, Staff and Graduate Student Associaton
which sponsors activities such as the Borders Crossing one
day conference "designed to examine critical questions
raised by the interlocking nature of oppressions in LBGT contexts." And
students entering the teacher education program at San Diego
State University must take a course on multicultural education
that requires them to take "cultural plunges," rather
than tests.Those include taking trips to homosexual bars, and
identifying themselves publicly as gay or lesbian -- even if
they are not -- to better understand what it feels like to
be different. [more]
Last Spring, on the beautiful campus of Western Washington University,
the Sexual Awareness Center hosted its 11th annual National
Outdoor Intercourse Day during it's week long observance for
the purpose of "helping students sort out sexuality issues." The
week included condom hunts, lectures on dispelling the 'myths'
about polyamory (poly = as in polygamy and amory = 'love')
in other words, having sexual relationships with more than
one person, showing 'award winning' pornographic films with
discussions following for students to "decide for themselves
how they feel about the images." [more]
sampling is enough to demonstrate that the gay agenda is alive
and doing very well on college campuses and to give
a preview of what we may one day find on high school campuses.
Think that would never happen? Well, who would have thought
we would be seeing these things on college and university campuses
not so long ago?
The Day of Silence, according to GLSEN, has "become the
largest single student-led action towards creating safer schools
for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or
gender expression." Former California Governor, Gray Davis,
got into the act and issued an official proclamation making April
10, 2002 the National Day of Silence. And it is estimated that
close to 200,000 students will participate in this year's 'observance." [more]
On the 'Day of Silence' participating students are encouraged
to carry cards with the following inscription on them to hand
out..."Please understand my reasons for not speaking today.
I support lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights. People
who are silent today believe that laws and attitudes should
be inclusive of people of all sexual orientations and gender
identities. The day of silence is to draw attention to those
who have been silenced by hatred, oppression, and prejudice.
Think about the voices you are not hearing. What can you do
to end the silence?"
Teachers are asked to participate by developing a silent lesson
plan like showing As If It Matters or another smiliar video
and having a silent journal writing exercise afterward.
Let me ask you a question: Should students be allowed to not
answer their teachers or participate in classroom discussions?
Should teachers be expected to provide special assignments for
Better yet...where have all the parents gone? How did these activities
make such an inroad? Especially on junior high and high school
With the onslaught of sexual images thrown at young people today
through television, the Internet and now school, trends such
as "bisexual chic" where girls experiment with lesbianism
because they think it is socially fashionable, are increasing.
Not to mention what I've detailed above.
But who is seriously talking to young people about the consequences
of their sexual experimentation?
Every day 8,000 teens are infected with a sexually transmitted
disease in America, and 1 million teenage girls will become pregnant,
with the majority choosing abortion as the remedy to this "consequence."
Sexually transmitted diseases like hepatitis, chlamydia, and
HIV are contracted disproportionately by males practicing homosexual
behavior. A recent study by the Georgetown University's School
of Nursing and Health Studies found that one in five urban gay
men is battered by his partner.
Why would anyone or any school allow or promote activities with
these kinds of outcomes?
Day of Silence' organizers promote gay legislation such as the
Dignity for All Students Act in Florida, and sexual orientation
education bills advance gay activism in the classroom.
But perhaps the most telling is the widely quoted excerpt from
Michael Swift's Gay Revolutionary printed in the congressional
Record, February 15-21, 1987: "We shall sodomize your
sons, emblems of your feeble masculinity, of your shallow dreams
vulgarities. We shall seduce them in your schools, in your dormitories,
in your gymnasiums, in your locker rooms .... All churches who
condemn us will be closed. Our only gods are handsome young men."
What you can do: Parents can contact their local schools to ascertain
if it is participating in 'Day of Silence' activities. Most schools
that have gay clubs participate. Schools must honor Opt-Out forms
by providing a neutral place for non-participating students.
You can choose to keep your child home. Call and send letters
to the principal and school board members with your concerns.
Tell others so they can know and follow the same steps. CRO
Hughes 2004 - Used with permission