Today is the National Day of Silence, where hundreds of thousands of students nationwide take a vow of silence to bring attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in their schools.
The Southern Poverty Law Center stated in its Winter 2010 report that homosexuals or perceived homosexuals are by far the group most targeted in America for violent hate crimes, and are more than twice as likely to be attacked in a violent hate crime as Jews or blacks; more than four times as likely as Muslims; and 14 times as likely as Latinos.
Some Christian groups say that they are the ones being bullied and harassed because of the "radical homosexual agenda." For instance, the religious right is furious, calling the day "homosexual indoctrination" of children and "intolerant" of Christian views.
Save California has told "morally-sensitive parents" to keep their children at home, complaining that:
"Parents who are hearing about 'Day of Silence' are appalled this immoral takeover is happening," said SaveCalifornia.com President Randy Thomasson. "They don't want their children subjected to in-your-face sexual indoctrination, so they're keeping their kids home. Because school districts are allowing this brainwashing during the entire school day, morally-sensitive parents are counter-protesting by removing both their child and the child's ADA funding on Friday.
The American Family Association, various branches of Concerned Women for America, Faith2Action (Janet Porter), Liberty Counsel, and hate groups such as Abiding Truth Ministries (behind the Uganda Kill the Gays legislation) and the Illinois Family Institute are all advocating "the "DOS Walkout."
From last year, but still relevant, YouTube vlogger Zinnia Jones commented on the DOS Walkout:
Focus on the Family is taking a different approach, encouraging Christian students to respond on Monday by shoving their Biblical worldview in students' faces as part of a "Day of Dialogue." Candi Cushman, facilitator of Focus on the Family's Day of Dialogue explains: