Are two different anti-gay activist law groups using school children as pawns in a war over dominance, message, or contributions?
For several years the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network, in alliance with the United States Student Association, has sponsored the Day of Silence.
The Day of Silence®, a project of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN®) in collaboration with the United States Student Association (USSA), is a student-led day of action where those who support making anti-LGBT bullying and harassment unacceptable in schools take part in activities to recognize and protest the discrimination and harassment – in effect, the silencing – experienced by LGBT students and their allies.
In recognition of the silencing of gay people, student remain silent for all or part of a school day. This year’s Day of Silence on April 26, 2006 is expected to involve over 500,000 student in 4,000 schools.
To counter this powerful message, the Alliance Defense Fund, established its Day of Truth.
The Day of Truth was established to counter the promotion of the homosexual agenda and express an opposing viewpoint from a Christian perspective.
Last year ADF reports that 1,100 students in 350 schools participated. Participants wear T-shirts and pass out cards on the day after the Day of Silence saying that “I am speaking the Truth to break the silence.”
However, this month PFOX has joined with Liberty Counsel to propose the Change is Possible campaign.
On the eve of the “Day of Silence” — a nationwide pro-homosexual observance scheduled for April 26 — the Orlando, Florida-based legal group Liberty Counsel and the national advocacy group Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX) are conducting a joint effort called the “Change is Possible Campaign.” This outreach focuses on public schools, which the two groups believe have been targeted by homosexual activists eager to promote their lifestyle to school children.
Alliance Defense Fund is an organization that was “founded for a unique purpose: to aggressively defend religious liberty by empowering our allies, recognizing that together, we can accomplish far more than we can alone.” Liberty Counsel is “a nonprofit litigation, education and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of human life and the traditional family.” Both groups are very active in fighting equality for gay people.
Why then are two different anti-gay “religious freedom” legal groups each targeting the Day of Silence with competing programs and competing messages?