Don’t Stay Quiet

In case you weren’t aware of it, today is the Day of Silence, an annual silent protest by non-straights and their supporters against sexual preference persecution. I could go on and list the groups associated with the ever-growing acronym—it is now up to LGBTQ: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer—but it is actually much easier to simply refer to them as non-straight sexually, since this is really the main thing they all have in common.

The goal of the Day of Silence, according to the website, is “a day of action in which students across the country vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools.” I have no idea what this means. While I fully support the notion of having one day in 365 that I won’t be subject to pro-homosexual propaganda, I have no earthly idea what this silence is meant to accomplish. If anti-LGBT (and Q) bullying and harassment has silencing effects, how would a “Day of Silence” even be possible? Calling attention to something by means of being silent assumes that the thing is real and able to be perceived. I assume that what they are really trying to call attention to is the bullying and harassment itself, not to the fact that bullying and harassment have silencing effects. If bullying and harassment actually had silencing effects, the Day of Silence would be a non-event.

I’m all for combating bullying and harassment. There are enough issues with the LGBTQ lifestyle that bullying and harassment are really unnecessary. The arguments for “normalizing” the lifestyle are fraught with logical, moral, and legal challenges; adding anti-gay bullies to the mix is unhelpful and unproductive. I understand that many people are fed up with hearing about it, but scare tactics and threats only serve to rally the acronym-rich, but sexually-deviant crowd. However, one tactic that should not be taken is one of ignorance or silence. They may be silent for the day, but we should never be.

What must always be made clear though is that as straight people who believe the LGBTQ lifestyle to be wrong, we are condemning the behavior and not the individual. In reality, we want the individual to stop promoting and practicing the behavior, not for them to stop breathing altogether. The problem is that most vocal LGBTQ have been conditioned by their leaders to think that an attack on their sexual behavior is an attack on them personally. In many cases this may even be true because the conditioning has been so complete and effective. Heterosexuals do not claim to be defined by the heterosexuality; it is a part of who they are, but it is not the only part of who they are. Not so with many LGBTQ individuals though. They have been brainwashed by their leadership to accept the idea that their sexuality is primary in their identity, rather than secondary.

In other words, they believe that an attack on their sexual practices is an attack on them personally because they have been told for so long that it is one. Similarly, those who bully and harass those associated with LGBTQ also think of it on a personal level. In an effort to make their views about the deviant behavior known, they end up attacking the people rather than the sin. People sin and sinners are people, but eradicating the people will never eradicate the sin. Homosexuality is a sin problem that manifests itself in people, not a people problem that manifests itself as sin. This must never be forgotten and it must always be said. We must not be silent.