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Pro-Family Coalition Urges 'Day of Silence Walkout'

Contact: Natalie Bell, Concerned Women for America, 202-488-7000 ext. 126


WASHINGTON, April 22 /Christian Newswire/ -- This Friday, April 25, 2008, the pro-homosexual indoctrination of children in our public schools comes to a boil.  Homosexual activists and like-minded liberal educators will be pushing the so-called "Day of Silence" on kids in thousands of schools across the country.


The "Day of Silence" (DOS) is organized by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), one of the most militant and well-funded of the powerful homosexual pressure groups.  DOS purports to confront the alleged systematic harassment and bullying of children who self-identify as homosexual, bisexual or "transgender."  (For a sampling of the kinds of things GLSEN teaches children, click here.)


To be sure, bullying and harassment should not be tolerated against anyone, anywhere, for any reason, and those who engage in such activities should be firmly disciplined.  However, DOS has very little to do with "bullying" and has everything to do with propaganda.


Matt Barber, Policy Director for Cultural Issues with Concerned Women for America (CWA), said, "During DOS, children and teachers are encouraged to disrupt the school day by refusing to speak, in a show of support to self-described 'gay,' 'lesbian,' 'bisexual' and 'transgender' students.  Kids are additionally taught that Biblical truth, which holds that human sexuality is a gift from God shared between husband and wife within the bonds of marriage, is 'homophobic,' 'hateful' and 'discriminatory.'


"Our schools are supposed to be places of learning, not places of political indoctrination," continued Barber.  "It's the height of impropriety and cynicism for 'gay' activists and school officials to use good-hearted but misguided children as pawns in their attempt to further a deceptive, highly controversial and polarizing political agenda.


"DOS is pure propaganda, and based on the medical science establishing that the homosexual lifestyle is extremely high-risk, it amounts to nothing short of educational malpractice.  With liberal school officials in tow, these militant adult activists are brazenly circumventing and abusing parental authority to further this dangerous political agenda," concluded Barber.


Therefore, at DOS-participating schools all over the country, parents are joining with dozens of pro-family organizations, such as CWA, in a "Day of Silence Walkout."  They're keeping their kids home from school on DOS as a show of protest.  (For more information visit www.missionamerica.com).


CWA additionally urges parents and children to participate in the Alliance Defense Fund's non-disruptive "Day of Truth," which will follow DOS on Monday, April 28, 2008.  (For more information visit www.dayoftruth.org).


Concerned Women for America is the nation's largest public policy women's organization.