Unfortunately the Day of Silence, sponsored by GLSEN -the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network- will have to deal with the usual flotsam of religious right groups claiming that the event is just another way to "indoctrinate children into the so-called homosexual lifestyle."
Religious right groups have over the years ran unsuccessful attacks against the Day of Silence, first by banding together and asking that parents keep their children out of school during that day, and then trying to push a poor alternative, the Day of Truth, where they encourage students to repeat religious right distortions about the lgbt community in the name of love.
I have no doubt that this year will be the same as the years before - the Day of Silence being a huge success while the religious right alternatives fall flat.
However, an online buddy sent me two very interesting articles from Fox News about the Day of Silence which give me pause.
The first article, Gay Day of Silence a Waste of Tax Dollars, Critics Say, is extremely poor. Rather than go into detail, I will say look at the headline because it underscores the article writer's sloppy work.
The headline implies that those who oppose the Day of Silence is concerned by its alleged waste of tax dollars, but this claim isn't addressed in the article. All of the Day of Silence critics who are quoted do is repeat the usual "we don't want our children indoctrinated" nonsense. The claim about the Day of Silence and tax dollars is eventually addressed in the article however. Most specifically, in the article's last sentence:
GLSEN does not currently receive any federal or state funding, according to a spokesman for the group. The non-profit is funded by charitable foundations, teachers' unions and a host of corporations.
That sentence makes the headline inaccurate, doesn't it?