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Christian Group Tries to Counter Gay-Supportive ‘Day of Silence’

By Ann Bradley — April 19, 2005 1 min read
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A conservative Christian group organized a “Day of Truth” last week for students to counter what it views as efforts to promote “the homosexual agenda” in schools.

The April 14 event followed by one day the “Day of Silence” sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network, which encourages students to remain silent to mark the harassment and bullying that often affect gay students. The GLSEN observance has drawn participation by students in a growing number of schools for the past 10 years.

The Alliance Defense Fund, based in Scottsdale, Ariz., said its new effort encourages students to express the “Christian perspective” on homosexuality. Students at more than 300 schools nationwide participated, according to the group, by wearing T-shirts and passing out cards proclaiming a love of their neighbors, but not “condoning detrimental personal and social behavior.”

For its part, GLSEN said students in more than 3,000 K-12 schools and 600 colleges took part in its Day of Silence. The group also has launched a campaign called Teach Respect to draw attention to the name-calling and bullying it says affect all students in the nation’s schools.

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