Robert Slattery is a writer living in Western North Carolina. He enjoys music and all sorts of other things.
The Day Of Silence
The Day of Silence approaches quickly, coming this year on the 20th of this month. The Day of Silence, if you’re unfamiliar, is a day long vow of silence by students to protest the harassment of LGBT students. The harassment, of course, can comes out in spades when people dare to speak (or not-speak) out, and it is expected that this year will be no different.
The Family Research Council (Remember, watch out for buzzwords like family and values) a Conservative Christian organization established by Conservative Christian Supreme James Dobson, (the guy who gave us the effervescent Focus on the Family) has made the dubious claim that GLSEN the group currently sponsoring the Day of Silence has been caught distributing “pamphlets that promote everything from child sex to pornography.” Clearly they haven’t actually done their capital-R Research.
This is not the first time the FRC has come after GLSEN, as just last year it posted a video claiming more of less the same thing it is claiming this year, a video which was altered after it was legally challenged by GLSEN lawyers.
Established in 1996 by University of Virginia students, The Day of Silence has been held every year since.
Remember, the 20th. That’s this Friday, kids. Show your support.