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04/16/2007

Gay Activists: Fighting For 'Happy Days'

by Jeremy Hooper

When we see a headline like this...

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...the first thing that obviously comes to mind is:

However, after realizing this headline comes courtesy of the Family Research Council and remembering that their actions are less that of "celebratory singing of 70's sitcom themes" and more along the lines of "demonizing gay people and their allies," we become less excited. Here is how the attached piece actually reads:

The campaign at American schools, not to educate students but to indoctrinate them, reaches its annual low point next Wednesday, April 18, when the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) sponsors its 11th "Day of Silence." The event, which is nothing more than a classroom endorsement of homosexuality, asks students to remain mute in an effort to draw attention to the "hatred and bigotry" directed toward gay students. While these events are wholeheartedly endorsed by several school districts, the counter-movement, Alliance Defense Fund's (ADF) "Day of Truth" on April 19, has fallen prey to school censorship. For the second year in a row, school officials in New Jersey have banned students from participating in ADF's effort to tell kids the medical truth about the homosexual lifestyle. While administrators of Northern Highlands Regional High School backed down on their position in 2006, ADF has been forced to file suit this year on behalf of students' First Amendment rights. Those who take a stand for ADF's "Day of Truth" will pass out cards that say, "I am speaking the Truth to break the silence. Silence isn't freedom. It's a constraint. Truth tolerates open discussion ..."
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::sigh:: This damn "Day of Truth" and its fallacious attempt to inject one-sided Biblical notions into church-separated schools. It's just so offensive! Some points, such as that of eliminating gay bullying and harassment, simply do not have equal and worthy counterpoints! And while the students DO have the right to believe as think as they wish, religious-based organizations like the ADF do not have the right to teach religious condemnation of gays in public schools (and let's be honest here -- that's what this "Day of Truth" is all about). The "Day of Slience" is a non-mandatory, non faith-based attempt to curb a very real problem! The Day of Truth is a wholly faith-connected attempt to propagate the same!

So despite its allowing us to listen to that kick ass theme song, we don't think FRC's headline should have been "Gay Activists: Taking It One Day at a Time". Perhaps a more suitable 70's sitcom based wording would have been: "Anti-gay Activists: They Take The Truth and M*A*S*H It!"

Gay Activists: Taking It One Day at a Time (2nd Item) [FRC]

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