Ex-gay Watch has pointed me to this article and effort by Dr. Warren Throckmorton that is suppose to be the “evangelical Christian Response” to the Day of Silence. Day of Silence is a day where GLBT youth and their supporters vow not to speak for a day in protest of the violence and bullying gay youth experience on high school campuses. Throckmorton is proposing a “Golden Rule” as the Christian response.
Youth who participate in the Day of Silence campaign pass out small cards explaining why they are not speaking. Throckmorton is proposing that Christian youth respond by giving a card back. Dr. Throckmorton writes on his blog:
For those Christian students who attend school on that day, we propose a different option. We believe the teaching of Christ in the Golden Rule should guide our actions and attitudes regarding all. We also believe that we should make school a safe place for all students.
Thus, we advocate students spread a message like this on the Day of Silence:
I pledge to treat others the way I want to be treated.
Will you join me in this pledge?
“Do to others as you would have them do to you.” (Luke 6:31).
Because the Day of Silence participants will be passing out cards describing why they are silent and what the Day means to them, we advocate exchanging a card or paper in return. Write or type the Golden Rule pledge on pieces of paper or an index card and pass it out at your school if the Day of Silence is being observed.
This “christian response” event in itself, is a contradiction to the Golden Rule. Think about it, if you were having an event, would you want another group to “overshadow” or “compete” with your event. The idea of protesting the protest to deliberately take away from the message is not in line with the Golden Rule. Then why are Christians doing it?
Why do Christians need a “response” to this event?
Christians can’t let any gay event go by without having the response to it. Yet if you stand up to them, they will scream that you are trying to silence them. Are they not trying to silence the message of the Day of Silence by having their own counter “response” event?
Throckmorton should stop this lunacy and stop trying to take attention away from the GLBT youth and their event. He wouldn’t want someone fudging his event, so why is he doing it to others?
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"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
Martin Luther King Jr.
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