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Contact: Deborah Hamilton, Hamilton Strategies, 215.815.7716, 610.584.1096
April 8, 2014
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 following ways:

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.

American Family Association offers its friends and supporters several mobile apps through http://action.afa.net/mobile. The AFA Action Alerts app, with breaking news and action alerts, is available for the iPhone and iPad on the Apple App Store, on Google Play and on the Amazon Appstore for Android. The AFR (American Family Radio) app is available for Apple and Android products, and the AFA Action app with, for example, voter information at election time, is available on Apple and Android platforms.

For more information on American Family Association, visit www.afa.net.

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To interview a representative from American Family Association, contact Deborah Hamilton at dhamilton@hamiltonstrategies.com, 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.


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