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April 29, 2005

Bigots Fail to Make a Dent

Patrick A. Forcelli

      The GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Educational Network)—which, since 1996, has run a widely successful, annual Day of Silence—was not at all fazed by the bigotry, hatred, and blatant lack of acceptance promoted by the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) through its counter-protest, the "Day of Truth." The Day of Silence is a student-led movement, which encourages peaceful protest against the discrimination and harassment of GLBT students. This movement was started in collaboration with the United States Student Association and provides a wonderful example of a grassroots, student-led movement that can encourage positive change. For the 450,000 students that were estimated to have participated in this year's Day of Silence, the message was clear: It is 100% unacceptable that 80% of GLBT students experience verbal, sexual, or physical harassment. The Day of Truth movement—which, for the record, was not a student-driven event—garnered few participants and was dwarfed completely by the outpouring of love and support during the Day of Silence. According to the ADF, the Day of Truth "was established to counter the promotion of the homosexual agenda." Now, I'm not sure exactly what the "homosexual agenda" is, but, from what I can gather from Fox News, it has a lot to do with destroying society through the quest for tolerance, acceptance, and equal rights. One can only hope that the 1,100 students who participated in the Day of "Truth" will remember the words of Christ: "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these" (Mark 12:31).

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