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In unbiased, unspecific terms, the Day of Silence is an opportunity to maintain a vigil that simultaneously reflects on lives cut tragically short and to serve as a reminder of the end result of hatred, prejudice, and indifference. If you are a progressive proponent, it is a day in honor of and reserved for the suffering of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities of America – a chance to proclaim a social and political message that the worth of a person is not determined by his or her sexual orientation, and that discrimination on such a merit is no better than racism or sexism. If your views are more orthodox, it is paradoxically an unacceptable acceptance of a deviant lifestyle, the promotion of an agenda that leads to the desecration of traditional family and community values.
It would be a lie to say that my own view of the Day of Silence is itself unbiased. I am a quietly proud Christian and a proponent of the value of the family, but my experiences and times with members of the GLBT community has erased the prejudices I once held as a child and shown me that within the structure of a family, it is love and understanding that truly comprise a warm and nurturing home. I neither begrudge the traditional family nor exalt it, and the same applies to nontraditional families as well.
However, I speak neither as a prophet from the mount nor as a man seeking to incite rebellion. I am no master of rhetoric to sway hearts and change convictions, and I come bearing neither science nor scripture to assert any claims you may yet expect of me. In the spirit of silence, I offer no testimony either, the same as those who have truly suffered and been muted thereafter. If it is stories and memoirs you seek, turn elsewhere; I seek to bring hope and serenity for my causes, not fury and indignation.
I instead have a simple request of everyone who would read this, regardless of how you perceive yourself and the people around you: please, put an end to the antagonism and strife that has plagued the Day of Silence. It is a most unsettling scene that the most vocal proponents of each side regard the other with disdain, condemnation, and outright malice – unsettling in that each side is supposedly striving for a greater love. I have seen the advocates of gay rights mock their opponents as backwards, spiteful and ignorant; and I have in turn seen the advocates of traditional values accuse their opponents of being immoral, promiscuous, and thoughtless. I will not deny that there are indeed people of both sides that fit such profiles, but when such generalizations are blanketed over the entire discourse between the two, nothing productive can or will ever come of it.
I have heard of threats, vandalism, harassment, and even violence employed as means of getting people to ‘see things the right way’;  neither progressives nor the orthodox claim a monopoly on such travesties. On the Day of Silence, people campaigning for boundless love as much as the love of Christ have employed tactics that embody the complete opposite of their ideals – tactics based upon alienation and hostility. Nothing could be more contrary to the promises that encompass love, for such promises are based on acceptance, understanding, and compassion.
It is my own sincere wish that the Day of Silence is not a necessity, and my own belief that the quality of one’s character should determine how we perceive them, and not an immutability such as sexual orientation. I recognize, however, that people do disagree with my view – and I respect their right and ability to vocalize and exercise their own personal convictions. I do not come asking for a mass conversion, then – I ask simply that you respect the human dignity of even the people you may disagree with, and remember that regardless of who we are, who we love, or what we believe in, we are all still human, and share those same feelings of love, sadness, and anger in spite of our differences. And at the least, if you cannot learn to love your fellow man, at least do him no harm, for life can be a lot hard enough without the burden of another’s needless cruelty. If you cannot speak with love, then at least preserve a respectful silence.
My own two bits for the Day of Silence.
I worry I'm too placid for this sort of thing, though. XP
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Given 2013-04-19
Day of Silence by ~Shujy eloquently states that, "If you cannot speak with love, then at least preserve a respectful silence." ( Featured by Nichrysalis )
TheMusicMajor Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Words can't describe how much I love this. 
Patrikia-Bear Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:highfive: Approve.
Rohvannyn Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Though I didn't participate, I appreciate any attempt at support, understanding, or solidarity. Yep, I'm one of Them. And I proudly stand for the right to be unique and human and still to be respected, as well as to respect others.
The-Artistic-Panda Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This is beautiful. My school is 3000+ with an active GSA and we managed 700+ participants and 40+ Safe Zone teachers. Well said, sir.
HandmadeOfferings Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very nice... it's hard though, as a fellow Christian I have difficulty knowing how to lovingly approach people without compromising God's word by trying so hard not to hurt in such a way that I deprive the gospel of its meaning, which in it's truth CAN hurt even those of us who believe..... "Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brethren, what shall we do?" ~Acts 2:37
HandmadeOfferings Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
(only quoted for the sake of expressing how even believers have asked that question among themselves)
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Naelii Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
I participated today (: Every time I would even breath while mouthing things, I would snap a rubber band on my wrist! Now I look as if I have been cutting! ;o I know at least 15 kids who had participated today, at least the kids at my school care. (: I did kind of cheat though, I wrote on paper, mouthed words, and did many hand motions. Was that not allowed? Haha I don't think I'd be able to stand an entire day without talking!! I am a very, very loud person
KonanDattebayoGirl Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
You are an amazing writer. :) I would have participated in the day of silence had I not been required to speak and discuss with a group as their leader on the same day but this doesn't make it any less important to me. I see a problem when we have to protest and fight and in some cases die for rights we all should already have in the land of the free, in our own country fighting our own people. But, it is all part of the progression of this country and this is still a pretty young country and many people have a lot to learn. I also don't get how people forget the number one rule that is taught in kindergarten: "Treat others the way you want to be treated." Think about Martin Luther King, Jr. and his leading of nonviolent protests and fighting hate with love. Everyone should be free to love and it's your personal business who you love. Why bar people from having good feelings and being happy? Why cause more hate when there are already people suffering peoples' wrongdoing, small children losing their friends and families in school shootings? Why not direct your energy towards something better? I have high respect for my friends who participated in this day because some of them got things thrown at them and were disrespected by rude students yet they still stood against bullying and for the freedom to love by keeping their pledge of silence. Would you rather be part of the cause of hatred, violence, and suicide or would you rather work against it? And I'm not just talking about people disliking homosexuality, you can leave that alone if you don't like it and move on to doing good in something you want to help with instead of focusing energy into negative feelings and actions. That is the way to achieving good, by just doing it, simple as that.
Atlantagirl Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I wore duct tape on my mouth from school's start to school's end, with lunch as the only exception. It really hurt getting the tape off! I recommend putting soap and water around you mouth when trying to get off any extra tape bits that might stick around your mouth.
Thank u 4 making this~!
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