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What are your thoughts on this example of hypocrisy?
Laurie Higgins of the Illinois Family Institute is putting out her annual call for parents to remove their children from their public schools during next month's "Day of Silence" (a student-run initiative during which volunteers don't speak on behalf of the members of the LGBT community who have been forced to be silent about their sexual identities):
A coalition of pro-family groups is urging parents to keep their children home from school on the "Day of Silence," if your school is allowing students to refuse to speak in class.
When administrators refuse to listen to reason and when they allow the classroom to be exploited for political purposes, parents must take action. If they don't, the politicization of the classroom and curricula will increase.
It is unconscionable that conservative parents remain silent, acquiescent, fearful non-participants in our public schools while homosexuals and their ideological allies engage continuously in vociferous, vigorous, and bold action.
Conservatives need to start acting and speaking as if we think our moral beliefs are objectively true. Conservative teachers need to create activities that require students to speak on the Day of Silence, and conservative parents need to teach their children by example to take a stand for truth.
Please call your children out of school if your administration permits students to refuse to speak on the Day of Silence.
Besides the fact that it's a dick move to have teachers go out of their way to make students speak on that day, this is nothing we haven't heard before from groups like IFI.
The core of their argument, they say, is that the Day of Silence "politicizes" the classroom. And if that's all this was, I might not have a huge problem with it...
But it turns out conservative Christians already have their own event - modeled after the Day of Silence - where kids stay silent on behalf of aborted babies and affirm their anti-choice beliefs. It's called the "Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity."
It's a student-led event, it's perfectly legal, and it's also taking a political issue and bringing it inside the classroom.
No atheist or civil liberties group has ever tried to put a stop to it nor have they ever urged parents to remove their children from the classroom as a result of it.
And the Illinois Family Institute has never, ever, ever, ever issued any statement condemning the Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity.
In fact, there's not even a mention of the event on their website.
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