The Day of Silence, a project of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), is a student-led day of action when concerned students, from middle school to college, take some form of a vow of silence to bring attention to the name-calling, bullying and harassment -- in effect, the silencing -- experienced by LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) students and their allies.At least, this is what the organizers themselves think the event is about.
Then, I got an email from the exquisitely homophobic AFA spelling out their understanding of Day of Silence:
The Day of Silence, which is sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), fast approaches. This year it will take place in most public schools on April 17. On this day, thousands of public high schools and increasing numbers of middle schools will allow students to remain silent throughout an 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.That doesn't come off in much the same way as GLSEN's description. Unless by GLSEN's socio-political goals the AFA mean the goal of ending discrimination against people who aren't of the same sexual observation as most conservative Christians. Either way, Day of Silience® clearly does not have anything to with any theories about the nature of homosexuality, but the AFA does not seem to have a problem twisting the truth in order to further their own socio-political goals. Which is... I don't know, ultimately, the legal means to persecute homosexuals?
I recall A.J. Jacobs telling how he lived biblically for a whole year, and one of the most annoying of the excessively numerous prohibitions was the one against sitting on a chair on which a woman has sat while menstruating (Leveticus 15:19-30). He ended up carrying around a folding chair because his wife demonstratively sat on every seat in their house while she had her 'regular flow of blood'.
I wonder why this prohibition isn't championed as vehemently as the one in Leviticus 18:22. It would be crazy fun to see it replaced with a movement against sharing of chairs with menstruating women.