American Family Association Warns Parents about ‘Day of Silence,’ Set for April 11
AFA to Parents: Don’t Let Children Become Pawns for Leftist Social and Political Action
“Quiet time” at school will take on a new meaning on
April 11, as the “Day of Silence,” sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight
Education Network (GLSEN), fast approaches.
Thousands of public high schools and an increasing number of middle schools
have designated April 11 as a day when students will be permitted to remain
silent throughout an entire day—even during instructional time—to promote
GLSEN’s socio-political goals.
“Parents need to let their school officials know that children are
not pawns for social and political action in the classroom,” said American
Family Association (AFA, www.afa.net)
President Tim Wildmon. “If their child’s school participates in the ‘Day of
Silence,’ parents should advise school officials that their child will be
absent on April 11. It’s high time to oppose this hijacking of taxpayer-funded
classrooms for political purposes.”
If parents discover that their local school is planning a Day of Silence,
they can express their opposition most effectively by keeping their students
out of school that day and sending letters of explanation to administrators,
teachers and school board members. This practice can be effective, AFA
says, because most school districts lose money for each student absence.
“School administrators err on the side of political correctness when
they allow the classroom to be disrupted and politicized by granting students
permission to remain silent while they are supposed to be learning and
interacting,” Wildmon added.
Parents can also visit www.doswalkout.net
for information on opposing the Day of Silence, as well as take action in the
1. Call your local schools and ask whether they permit students or
teachers to remain silent in the classroom on the Day of Silence. IMPORTANT:
Do not ask any administrator, school board member or teacher if the
school sponsors, endorses or supports the Day of Silence. Schools do
not technically sponsor the Day of Silence; rather students and/or a
gay-straight alliance sponsor it. Many administrators will tell you that they
do not sponsor the Day of Silence when, in fact, they do permit students and
sometimes even teachers to remain silent during instructional time. Also
ask administrators whether they permit teachers to create lesson plans to
accommodate student silence.
2. Find out what date the event is planned for your school. (The national
date is April 11, but some schools observe the event on a different date.)
3. Inform the school of your intention to keep your children home on that
date and explain why.
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on Apple and Android platforms.
For more information on American Family Association, visit www.afa.net.
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215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096.
American Family Association (AFA) a non-profit 501(c3) organization
was founded in 1977 by Donald E. Wildmon, who was pastoring First
United Methodist Church in Southaven, Mississippi, at the time. Since
1977, AFA has been on the frontlines of America’s culture war. The original
name of the ministry was National Federation for Decency but was changed to
American Family Association in 1988. Today, AFA is one of the largest and most
effective pro-family organizations in the country with more than one million
online supporters and approximately 180,000 paid subscribers to the AFA Journal, the ministry’s monthly magazine. In addition,
AFA owns and operates nearly 200 radio stations across the country under
the American Family Radio banner.
Other divisions of AFA include American Family Radio, the AFA Foundation
and OneNewsNow.com, an online news provider that is syndicated
around the world. AFA maintains activist web sites such as OneMillionMoms.com that rally Christian activists to
contact companies asking them to drop their advertising from objectionable TV
shows. AFA websites average over 6 million unique visitors and 44 million hits
per year. AFA uses all these means to communicate an outspoken, resolute,
Christian voice throughout America.