Family Association is urging parents to keep their children
home from school on April 25, the National Day of Silence.
The Day of Silence, first organized in 1996,
encourages students to remain voiceless for a day to
represent the silence faced by LGBT people and their
allies. Today, hundreds of schools across the country
participate in the event.
"DOS leads the
students to believe that every person who identifies
as a homosexual, bisexual, or cross-dresser is a victim of
ongoing, unrelenting harassment and hate," the AFA
said in its mass e-mail. "Students are taught that
homosexuality is a worthy lifestyle, homosexuality has
few or no risks, and individuals are born homosexual
and cannot change. Those who oppose such teaching are
characterized as ignorant and hateful bigots."
The AFA is asking
parents to inform their school that they will not allow
their children to attend that day. They also want parents to
explain to their children that "homosexual behavior is
not an innate identity; it's a sinful, unnatural, and
The Day of
Silence is coordinated by the Gay, Lesbian, and
Straight Education Network. (The Advocate)