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Linda Harvey: Day Of Silence Creates "Hitler Youth Product"

April 11, 2011 12:44 pm ET by Equality Matters staff

Anti-gay activist Linda Harvey, who has previously blamed pro-LGBT activists for teen suicides, posted a column in Monday’s WorldNetDaily entitled “Dumbing down for the Day of Silence,” criticizing schools for “lobotomiz[ing]” children’s minds and creating a “Hitler Youth product” in support of LGBT equality:

The Day of Silence, a "student-led" event sponsored for the umpteenth year by the very adult Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), exemplifies the worst of current educational philosophy in the public schools.

In a word, it's dumb.

The DOS operates at the most elementary level of manipulation, propaganda and social engineering. It takes "social justice" nonsense, stirs in unfounded claims of "civil rights," adds a helping of knee-jerk anti-religious prejudice, swirls in teen rebellion, and simmers with disconnected stories of tragedy and heartbreak. Out comes a Hitler Youth product ready to do battle with anyone holding traditional moral values or even common sense.

The National Day of Silence, which is sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), is an event which encourages students to take a day-long vow of silence to bring attention to the problem of anti-LGBT bullying. The event is especially important considering the recent string of highly-publicized suicides by LGBT youth. According to Harvey, however, the event simply offers children the opportunity to adopt “false identit[ies]” and be lead into “early sodomy”:

Here's what "good" is on the Day of Silence: 13-year-old boys who dress like girls and no one counsels or challenges them, unless they want to be accused of harassment. It's also good if two 15-year-old girls declare themselves lesbians, born that way, of course. And that 17-year-old bright "gay" boy who speaks at the "Breaking the Silence" rally? He may have HIV by the time he's 21. He may have it already.

But it would be hateful to provide any information that upsets his carefully constructed false identity, supported by noble phrases lifted from student pro-"gay" Facebook pages or websites like GLSEN or the"Safe Schools" page on the NEA website– all leading him to early sodomy. He would feel uncomfortable, you see, not supported, maybe even "hated," so he must believe any warning is "unsafe."

Harvey’s criticism of the Day of Silence reaffirms a disturbing observation about anti-gay conservatives: for right-wingers, there is no difference between acknowledging the problem of LGBT intolerance and indoctrinating children into the “gay lifestyle.” The end-goal of anti-gay hate groups and people like Harvey is not solely an end of the Day of Silence; It is the total elimination of any recognition of the LGBT community in America’s schools.


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