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Christian Youth Group Participates in Day of Silence

Timothy Kincaid

April 27th, 2008

Warren Throckmorton has a letter from a student at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. She, and the Campus Crusade, participated in the Day of Silence and found it to be rewarding and illuminating.

To those of you reading, I wish I could tell you in person because this day deserves more than a short summary. Yesterday, the LGBT community saw something revolutionary- they saw Christians loving them and more than that, they saw the love of Christ. What would happen if next year, hundreds of Christian students walked around with duct tape in silence?

I have to tell you about how I felt yesterday walking around in silence with duct tape. I felt humiliated at times, and other times proud. You see, everywhere I went, people stared. I felt like a leper, completely stigmatized from people. In fact, I was experiencing what the LGBT community has experienced for decades.

As I was walking to my dorm, I realized why 30% of LGBT students report having missed one or more days of school per year out of fear. Walking by a dorm, someone opened their window and yelled a derogatory statement to me. I was scared. There was such anger in his voice that I was fearful to walk by the dorm again later that day. I was reminded of Lawrence King, a 14 year old who was murdered because of his homosexuality just two months ago.

I am appreciative of the participation of this young woman and others like her who were challenged by the Golden Rule Pledge to join in standing up against violence. I would also love to hear the experience of any gay people who had Golden Rule participants join them.

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John
April 27th, 2008 | LINK

What most struck me in reading her account was that she participated in the Day of Silence as a participant in the Day of Silence. She did not put herself out there as doing something alternate to the Day of Silence. She put tape accross her mouth and was harrassed by someone who probably thought she was gay.

To me, her actions were very different (and in my opinion much better and more honorable) than what Throckmorton had been proposing.

Jason D
April 28th, 2008 | LINK

Oh look, someone taking a walk in my shoes, that’s refreshing.

Brady
April 28th, 2008 | LINK

That was a very moving letter for me. I’m very impressed by the way she handled herself. Truly amazing.

AJ
April 28th, 2008 | LINK

“Yesterday, the LGBT community saw something revolutionary – they saw Christians loving them.”

There is nothing revolutionary about this. There are many Christians who love the LGBT community. In fact, there are many Christians who are members of the LGBT community. There is, you see, a non-homophobic, inclusive form of Christianity available to Christian believers: it’s called liberal Protestantism. See, evangelicals are not the only Christians out there, fundamentalist spin to the contrary notwithstanding.

So she should have written:

“Yesterday, the LGBT community saw something revolutionary – they saw EVANGELICAL Christians loving them.”

Truth in advertising is always best for the customer.

Regan DuCasse
April 28th, 2008 | LINK

John and Jason, you make the most important point of what she learned from her participation.
Very few of us, however well intentioned truly have an opportunity to feel what ‘the other’ might be feeling. Even anecdotal incidents of harassment or intimidation (say a single white person being treated that way by a mob of blacks), still would be hard pressed to understand what a LIFETIME of threat from it can to do a person.
Let alone institution and legal discrimination.
This young person GOT IT, and very often the adults in her life are not leading by example of walking in someone shoes, and REALLY experiencing, even for two minutes, what another experience could teach.
And as we all witness often too, experiencing what the other might or does…ISN’T tolerated for any length of time.
But instead of seeking remedies, our detractors simply dig in their heels and want to continue the injustice.

BTW…Exodus is crowing about their participation in the Day of Truth.
And therein folks, is exactly the point.

Joel
April 29th, 2008 | LINK

“To me, her actions were very different (and in my opinion much better and more honorable) than what Throckmorton had been proposing.”

I see no point in the GOlden Rule. It is implicit in the day of silence. This girl is an example, how much closer can you get in empathy?

Of course… i believe its more subtle yet equally relgiously, anti-gay orientedly charged as its Day of Truth brethren.

L. Junius Brutus
April 30th, 2008 | LINK

Joel, I personally do believe in the sincerity of Dr. Throckmorton. Maybe he is trying to channel the anti-gay impulses that young evangelicals have with or without his help into a less destructive course. Otherwise, I don’t see why he would put this e-mail on his website and be happy that what he said inspired a young Christian lady to act like… well, Christ would.

Dr. Throckmorton is an excellent example of how Focus on the Family, AFA and others would be acting if they truly cared about combating the harassment of gay teenagers. Of course, they don’t. They know that if gays can live without fear of violence, discrimination and rejection, they wouldn’t be buying into their quacky and wacky ‘cures’ for being gay. And the more gay people are living out and proud, happy and normal lives, the more people come into contact with those, the harder it becomes for them to demonize gays.

If I remember correctly, those who opposed lynching laws didn’t defend lynching. Instead, they claimed that it wasn’t a problem. Same thing the religious right does with hate crimes and anti-gay bullying. Ignore it. I truly think that they couldn’t be more happy with it. It’s more than about keeping ‘sexual orientation’ protections out of the law.

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