Sunday, March 09, 2008

The Love That Cannot Keep Its Trap Shut

When I first heard about this year's "Day of Silence," coming to a junior high near you on April 25, I got all excited.


At first all I knew about the DoS was simple: This was a gay thing! And they were promising to keep quiet for a day! A WHOLE DAY!

I was practically dancing. "I don't know who you guys are, but bless you! For years I've been waiting for this day! One whole day and no gay activists whining about how oppressed they are! One day of NOT having to listen to skinny bald guys bitching into their cell phones about how the market's out of radicchio again! A day of NOT having to listen to any of that! Hurrah!"

Then I went to the website.

From the website:

"Founded in 1996, the Day of Silence® has become the largest single student-led action towards creating safer schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression."

It turns out the "Day of Silence" is a program for schools. Kids in middle school though college are being asked to take a vow of silence for one day. Instead, according to the website:

"Students will hand out "Speaking Cards" which say: - "Please understand my reasons for not speaking today. I am participating in the Day of Silence, a national youth movement protesting the silence faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their allies. My deliberate silence echoes that silence, which is caused by harassment, prejudice, and discrimination. I believe that ending the silence is the first step toward fighting these injustices. Think about the voices you are not hearing today."

Now, don't get me wrong. Lord knows DIH is all in favor of schoolchildren practicing their silence skills. Heck, I wish they'd have a "Day of Silence" every week.

But -- are they kidding? Gays are harassed by silence? Like they don't make enough racket all by themselves? The schools, the news media, the film/theater/books pages aren't packed to the gills with gay crap every day?

If only.

Anyway if you want to read more about this- and I don't blame you if you don't- their website is at
http://www.dayofsilence.org.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

You don't realize how bigoted you sound. Not that I don't agree with you, but your tone is mean and un-Christian-like and very obviously anti-gay.

Sue said...

Anonymous- you're obviously not a regulat reader. Otherwise you'd understand the tone.

Anonymous said...

On the contrary, Sue, I enjoy reading your blog for the most part. It is just your treatment of issues surrounding sexual orientation that seem particularly cruel. I recall one of your pieces quite some time ago about the "Gay Cowboy Movie," which I also found offensive. Your tone for the most part works...but not with this issue.

Sue said...

Anonymous-

Get your head out of the sand. This Day of Silence thing is pure indoctrination . You've fallen for it yourself- according to you anyone who objects to it- or even comments on it- is labelled "anti- gay." What are the options- you're anti gay or pro gay? That's baloney of the most manipulative kind, and you know it.

How many of the schools participating in the Day of Silence have had a similar day for, oh I dont' know, victims of sexual abuse of minors by adult males? Or for the people dying in Irag, or the 40-plus million who have died in abortions mills?

For the record: I'm anti - bullshit. I always will be, no matter what form it appears in.

I didn't call Brokeback Mountain a gay cowboy movie.

I called it a gay shepherd movie.

Anonymous said...

Sue,

Please don't waste your time trying to sell me on the DOS issue. As I mentioned in my first comment, I agree with you about the day of silence issue. It's one of the reasons I send my kids to private school. But, once again, I have to point out that most of your posts involving gays have a very hateful sting and this just might put your credibility at stake.

Sorry, I misquoted you on the gay cowboy post. Either way, it is still has bigoted undertones.

Joke said...

It's worse than indoctrination, it's manifest imbecility.

This DoS seeks to impute a victimhood that simply does not exist and -- watch this now -- seeks to preempt those who might disagree with the agenda of the homosexual lobby.

To consider homosexuality a condition which beggars relief instead of celebration is, in [what passes for] the thinking of many, "cruelty."

Poison is poison, even if self-administered and even if the self-administrator enjoys the taste.

-J.

Anonymous said...

Dear DIH,
You are a fucking bitch. Get out of your little utopian Godly bubble and face the real world. I'm not CHOOSING to be gay. Heck, i'd rather not deal with the issue. But the fact is I AM. It's not a fucking choice, and your ignorance and sheltered righteousness is simply ridiculous. No wonder the world is going to hell with bigots like yourself spouting your bullshit to the world. Oh...please excuse my French. I'll try to excuse your idiocy.

Love,
Your BFFF (Best Friend Fag Forever)