Ya think? A day devoted to telling students to make LGBT teens feel ashamed, out of place, and hopeless might not be a good idea right now?
"All the recent attention to bullying helped us realize that we need to equip kids to live out biblical tolerance and grace while treating their neighbors as they'd like to be treated, whether they agree with them or not," said Alan Chambers, President of Exodus International, the group that sponsored the event this year.
Called the Day of Truth, the annual April event has been pushed by influential conservative Christian groups as a way to counter to the annual Day of Silence, an event promoted by gay rights advocates to highlight threats against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.
If taken at face value, this shows that even the hardest heads can get the message. But their explanation of why they stopped doesn't make much sense:
On the Day of Truth, middle and high school students are encouraged to wear Day of Truth T-shirts and to distribute cards that say "It's time for an honest conversation about the biblical truth for sexuality," according to Exodus' manual for this year's event.
"I don't think it's necessary anymore," Chambers said of the event on Wednesday. "We want to help the church to be respectful of all its neighbors, to help those who want help and to be compassionate toward people who may hold a different worldview from us."
Chambers said that Exodus International - which promotes "freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus Christ," according to its website - has not changed its position on homosexuality but has reevaluated how best to communicate its message.
They started in 2005, how could it not be "necessary" anymore if it was "necessary" just five years ago?
Day of Silence's message was about the nasty effects of the closet in schools and that the violence used to maintain the closet should stop, and Day of Truth was a ridiculous, but small, counterprotest that said that the closet is great and practically begged for the violence to continue.
Either they've been personally moved by recent events or they realized it's not all that media-savvy right now to go around shouting "Anti-gay bullying is great!" I'm choosing not to be cynical and favor the former explanation since Exodus hasn't shown much media-savvy in the past anyway.
No word on other Day of Silence counterprotests, like Religious Right groups telling kids to stay home, walk out, or Warren Throckmorton's "Golden Rule Day," but I'm guessing the response may be mellower this year.