FAQ’s Re: The Day of TRUTH

  1. What is the Day of Truth?
  2. Why is important for me to be involved?
  3. Who is ADF?
  4. Who is Exodus International?
  5. Do I need to have authorization from my principal to hold this event?
  6. How many people across the country are participating in this project?
  7. I’m the only one at my school participating, and I’m nervous about standing by myself.
  8. What is the Day of Silence?
  9. Who can I call if I have questions or need help?
  10. May I alter the materials to add my own style?
  11. What do I do if someone tries to stop me?
  12. How can I reach my gay peers effectively?

What is the Day of Truth?^

The Day of Truth was started six years ago by the Alliance Defense fund to affirm every student’s constitutional right to free speech and to provide an opportunity to have an honest conversation about sexuality.

Exodus International believes that every human being is a person for whom Jesus Christ died, is of immeasurable, intrinsic worth and should be treated with respect and dignity.  Exodus and Day of Truth strongly opposes bullying, name-calling and acts of aggression against any individual or group of individuals for any reason. It is goal of Day of Truth for students to have an honest conversation about relationships, sexuality, and faith.

Relationships

We believe all individuals are created in the image of God and are to be loved and respected.  We believe dialogue and conversation is helpful in discussing conflicting viewpoints.  We believe all voices should be heard.

Sexuality

We believe sexuality is a precious gift from god and as such, we should look to Him and what He says in His Word, the Bible, to determine how to steward it.  We believe that God created our sexuality to be expressed between a man and a woman married to one another. 

Faith

Our faith in Jesus Christ requires that we model our lives after His.  We intend to exhibit the compassion of Christ in the words we speak and in our actions.

Why is important for me to be involved?^

In the past, students who have attempted to exercised their rights to talk about topics related to homosexuality have been censored or, in some cases, punished for their beliefs. It is important that students stand up for their First Amendment right to hear and speak the Truth about human sexuality in order to protect that freedom for future generations. The Day of Truth provides an opportunity to speak the Truth in love and have an honest conversation about homosexuality and at the same time publicly exercise your constitutional right to free speech.

Who is ADF?^

The Alliance Defense Fund is a legal alliance defending the right to hear and speak the Truth through strategy, training, funding, and litigation.

Who is Exodus International?^

Exodus International is the leading international Christian ministry focused on homosexuality. For over thirty years, Exodus has provided care and support to individuals wishing to leave homosexuality, as well as families, friends and churches. With 230 member organizations, the Exodus network is mobilizing the body of Christ to minister grace and truth to a world impacted by homosexuality.

Do I need to have authorization from my principal to hold this event?^

While you are not required to have prior authorization, we would advise that you inform school officials of your intention as a courtesy. Most importantly, always be respectful when dealing with those in authority. If a principal, teacher, or someone else in authority asks you to stop, graciously request that they check with a supervisor first. If they continue to insist that you stop, stop immediately. Please call 1-800-TELL-ADF so that we can help resolve the situation quickly.

How many people across the country are participating in this project?^

Over the past 6 years, we have had over 17,000 participants in the Day of Truth. This year, even more students are expected to take part in the Day of Truth, as news of this vital project continues to spread across the country. ADF has more than 1,200 allied attorneys who are available to assist you if you run into complications with school officials or pro-homosexual advocacy groups on your campus.

I’m the only one at my school participating, and I’m nervous about standing by myself.^

Your willingness to participate in the Day of Truth shows great courage. Your level of activity can vary with what you feel most comfortable with.

What is the Day of Silence?^

The Day of Silence is a national program of the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN), which asks students to remain silent for an entire day to promote homosexuality and call attention to the name-calling, bullying, and harassment that many gay identified students endure. Unlike the Day of Silence, the Day of Truth does not encourage students to engage in activities that are likely to disrupt the school’s academic mission.

Who can I call if I have questions or need help?^

You can call 1-800-TELL-ADF if you have questions, need help, or are facing difficulties from the school administration. You can also e-mail Exodus at dayoftruth@exodusinternational.org.

May I alter the materials to add my own style?^

No. The t-shirts and other materials were designed to communicate a simple and respectful message. It is very important that the materials not be altered in any way, shape, or form, except where you are specifically told to supply information, such as on the sample press release.

What do I do if someone tries to stop me?^

If a principal, teacher or someone else in authority asks you to stop, ask them graciously to check with a supervisor first. If this does not resolve the issue or the school official persists in confronting you, stop immediately and call 1-800-TELL-ADF so that we can resolve the situation quickly.

How can I reach my gay peers effectively?^

It’s important to look at your gay-identified peers as people and not just see them for their sexual identity. Once we get passed the whole sexual identity thing, we begin to see that there is actually a lot we can talk about. Those who are gay identified shouldn’t be stigmatized or treated any differently. Now you may be walking into unfamiliar territory, and indeed this usually is the case, but Christ promises He will be with us wherever we go (Matt. 28:20b).

Building relationships with your peers is most essential in effectively reaching them for the gospel. When they know that you care for them as a person and want the best for them, healthy dialogue can occur. Showing genuine concern and compassion for the gay community and those who may be secretly struggling at your school will open opportunities to minister. Sharing the message that there is an alternative to the born-gay rhetoric in a redemptive and hope-filled manner is also important in reaching gay-identified peers. There may be some who have accepted their homosexuality simply because they haven’t heard about an alternative. Your message of hope may have a significant impact on those individuals. Being compassionate and concerned for the well-being of those dealing with homosexuality may even open the door for those who have never shared their struggle with anyone. And most importantly, trust the Holy Spirit and follow His leading! It is the greatest value when you allow God to work through you and your own insecurities when reaching gay-identified students.