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05/02/2008

From 'The Hills' to wounds that won't heal: Barber predicts teen trends

by Jeremy Hooper

Since the social conservatives' own "Day of Truth" seems to be an utter failure, they are trying desperately to reframe the anti-bullying, pro-acceptance Day of Silence so that it fits their twisted agenda. Here is what omnipresent 'mo foe Matt Barber has to say about DOS's future:

Over the next few years, don’t be surprised when, as people hear mention of the so-called “Day of Silence,” they immediately think, “Oh, yeah, isn’t that the day when tens of thousands of freethinking kids come together in defense of that which is good, and stand firm against the promotion of evil?” Don’t be surprised when the “Day of Silence” is no longer considered a day which mocks God’s standard of sexual morality, but rather, is deemed a day which wholeheartedly glorifies it.

Yes, take heart. God’s truth will fill the silent void. His children will take back America for Christ

Well, considering that the Day of Silence in no way, shape, or form "mocks God’s standard of sexual morality," we certainly won't be surprised if that sort of thought dissipates over the years. After all, the more people like Matt ratchet up the heat under their queer-charring flame, the more people are going to realize who in this so-called "culture war" is truly the God-hijacking bully, and who is the decent human being encouraging peace for all. And kooky ideas like the one that says by trying to keep gay kids safe from harassment, we gay activists are mocking religion or the big guy himself? Yea, those are gonna lose popularity faster than a high school student who decides to shun both showering and deodorant!

200805021115It's absurd to assume that the nation's young people are becoming more homophobic/heterosexist. Sure there are pockets of young'uns who, usually due to their parents' own biases, are finding "Smear the Queer" to be a timeless sport. However, all the stats are showing that current teens, despite or perhaps because of the queer hostility they've witnessed during the Bush years, are grasping the brass ring of full acceptance in ways like no generation before them. Folks like Matt surely want to ignore this hard truth, because such is not good news for the Concerned Women For America internship program. But those of us who are tired of the discrimination that has been handed down through the ages like an itchy hair shirt are welcoming this influx of open minds with a band of open arms.

But we do agree with Matt that there should be a reform to the Day of Silence's mission over the next few years. The new focus: We all have a day to celebrate the far-rights' decision to stop trying to foist their personal faith views on everyone else.

Kids Say, “Enough with the ‘Gay’ Stuff!” [CWA]

**SEE ALSO: Alvin McEwen has some thoughts.

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Your thoughts

Clearly, Matt Barber is delusional.

The picture is pretty spot-on though G-A-Y. If this WERE the 80's, he may have been correct.

But unfortunately, it's NOT the 80's! LOL

Posted by: Scott | May 2, 2008 1:00:35 PM

“Oh, yeah, isn’t that the day when tens of thousands of freethinking kids come together in defense of that which is good, and stand firm against the promotion of evil?”

But... isn't that already the case?

Posted by: Elise | May 2, 2008 1:31:39 PM

Just keep on, keepin' on.... as they are doing in Knoxville!!

GSA's in every school and PFLAG's in every community ensuring their support.

PS. Waymon(Fighting Out Loud) said thanks for the Knoxville article, JH...
it surely helps us all to know it IS WORKING, some places.

Posted by: LOrion | May 2, 2008 4:32:40 PM

Oh his god, Matt chose the Mount Si High School fiasco as an example for his article full of ignorance and stupidity. Is that the best he's got? I mean, clearly those 600 students wanted to get away from the disruptive protest and its source, that is Ken 'I'm better than you because I've got God' Hutcherson.

If Matt had any rational bone is his body like any normal person has, he would have seen that being silent in school is not disruptive to the learning process but standing outside with signs and shouting through a bullhorn that being silent in school is wrong is, by all means, disruptive. (Sigh)

Posted by: Sam | May 2, 2008 4:43:51 PM

Sam,

I agree with you, because I remember back in high school, if we had ANY opportunity to be excused from classes, we'd take it LOL

Just because a particular number of students got to leave school that day, doesn't mean each and every one of those students were skipping out in support of Hutch/Barber.

Being kids, they most likely didn't give a shit either way, supportive of gays, or unsupportive LOL

Posted by: Scott | May 4, 2008 11:32:50 PM

This is one of the most twisted sites I have seen on the internet. You take everything that is right and good and true and turn it around to try to make it sound evil. But I guess that's only natural when one is trying defent what is unnatural. How could people who believe it's fine and dandy to mingle sexual organs with excretory organs make sense?

I am glad, though, that you all have convinced me that anyone who too closely examines what it means to be homosexual,(crab lice, gay bowel syndrome, lipodystrophy, throat gonorrhea, genital/anal warts, anal cancer, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS), MUST be homosexual himself. Because now I also know that botanists, who study plants, secretly want to be plants, that physicists want to be atoms, dairy farmers want to be cows, and that those who vote for McCain in 2008 will secretly have wanted to vote for Clinton and visa versa. Let's see---what else? Oh, yes---those who vigorously advocate gun control secretly want to arm all first-graderw with assault rifles.

Thank you so much.

Posted by: antisocialist/antifascist | May 5, 2008 11:25:47 PM

Thanks for the kind words, antisocialist/fascist!!

Interesting point you raise in your second paragraph, considering that NOBODY on here has made the claim that protesting homosexuality means a person is gay. In fact, it's not a claim we make here on G-A-Y. What made you protest something that was never brought up?

Oh, and it's also interesting that your IP address traces back to Illinois. I say it's interesting because some of your text matches up almost verbatim with an Illinois-based activist with whom this site sometimes corresponds.

Posted by: G-A-Y | May 6, 2008 9:13:21 AM

gay bowel syndrome? that doesn't even exist. geez

Posted by: a. mcewen | Jun 11, 2008 10:08:01 PM

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