James Holmes

Day of [One Sided] Dialogue: Focus On The Family Goes to School

Filed By James Holmes | April 16, 2012 5:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality
Tags: bullying, Day of Dialogue, Day of Silence, Focus on the Family, LGBT Youth, Religion in schools

When I saw this video today, I gagged a little - and had a few high school flashbacks.Day-of-Dialogue-Icon.jpg Focus on the Family is sponsoring the "Day of Dialogue" this Thursday as a way for students to open up with friends about Jesus approved recommendations for the who, how, where, when, why, and how often for showing off your furry bits. (I'm pretty sure limiting action to marriage and one orifice will add-up to a short dialogue).

The idea that this takes place as a reaction to the "Day of Silence" is disgusting. It would be nice for the religious right to finally shut up for a day. I guess if they stopped talking for a day, they are afraid no one would notice.

I grew up evangelical in a small town with a graduating class of 98 people. Even that small and that Christian, I promise you, there was no special day needed for straight people to talk about sex - and for the students that weren't getting any to use church as an excuse (I'm sure a few people believed me when I said I didn't date because Jesus had more important things for me to focus on).

Though a public school, there was a prayer over the intercom (the day of 9/11), and we were required to stand for a prayer in Jesus name at graduation. Looking back, I wish I had known enough to protest. I was barely coming out, still a Christian, and afraid that causing too much of a stir would screw up my valedictorian prospects or scholarships - my only hope for getting out of there. But I never had to directly face any of my peers on the question of my sexuality. This would be hell.

Video and more after the jump.

The sponsors say this is also an effort to fight bullying:

The Day of Dialogue gives you, as a student, the opportunity to express the true model presented by Jesus Christ in the Bible - who didn't back away from speaking truth, but neither held back in pouring out His incredible, compassionate love for hurting and vulnerable people. His example calls us to stand up for those being harmed or bullied while offering the light of what God's Word says.

Stand up for the people being bullied? Um? Who are the bullies here?

Also, is this a type of free speech allowed with-in a public school setting? The "Day of Silence," is a secular movement using silence to draw attention to those in the LGBT community that has been silenced. The "Day of Dialogue" sounds a lot like preaching to me. They are the voices that do the silencing. Do they really need an official day to do it?

What a joke.

Check out the video below, and if you are needing some entertainment, check out the Fun Stuff section on the "Day of Dialogue," site. I know I plan to enter the blogging contest.

Want to do your part to fight back? Support the "Day of Silence" here.


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