COLUMBUS, Ohio — Linda Harvey, the virulently anti-gay conservative pundit whose Mission America organization was recently listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a certified hate group, has launched her annual campaign to demonize the GLSEN-sponsored “Day Of Silence.”
Writing on her blog at Mission America, Harvey said, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) “shamelessly exploits teen suicide in order to create a climate of hysteria which they then use to falsely impute culpability for teen suicide to conservative moral beliefs.”
Founded in 1996, the Day of Silence has become the largest student-led action towards creating safer schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
But according to Harvey, “GLSEN’s end game is the eradication of conservative moral beliefs and the creation of a social and political climate in which it is impossible to express them.”
“Their cultural vehicle of choice for this radical social experiment is public education. What a strategic coup for homosexualists: use our money to capture the hearts and minds of our children.
“Efforts to exploit public education for the purpose of eradicating conservative moral beliefs are dramatically increasing every year.
“Homosexual activists and their allies are aggressively targeting younger and younger children through “anti-bullying” laws, policies, and curricula; through the effort to nationalize “comprehensive sex ed”; through laws mandating positive portrayals of homosexuality and gender deviance in curricula; and through events like the Day of Silence, National Coming Out Day, Ally Week, Transgender Day of Remembrance; and Spirit Week.
“And conservatives do virtually nothing. Our complacence makes us complicit in the damage done to our children and our culture.”
GLSEN, considered the nation’s leading education organization for LGBTQ related issues, has been the official sponsor of the National Day of Silence since 2001, during which students across the country take a vow of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools.
From the first-ever Day of Silence at the University of Virginia in 1996, to the organizing efforts in over 8,000 middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities across the country in 2008, its textured history reflects its diversity in both numbers and reach.
This year’s Day of Silence is Friday, April 20.
Requests by LGBTQ Nation for an interview with Harvey went unanswered.