Hostile Questions

  1. Aren’t you just causing trouble and trying to generate confrontation?
  2. Don’t you think people who engage in homosexual behavior should have the same rights as everyone else? If you’re standing up for free speech, then how come you want to stifle them?
  3. Aren’t you just being judgmental?
  4. Who’s behind this? Aren’t they just some sort of religious group trying to force their views down our throats?
  5. Did you receive permission from the school? Is what you are doing legal?
  6. Do your parents know you are doing this? Did they or your church put you up to this?
  7. Aren’t you just a “copy-cat” – trying to do something similar to what the Gay-Straight Alliance has already done, only you are doing it because you don’t like them?
  8. How do you know your “truth” is the absolute truth? Isn’t truth a relative term?

Aren’t you just causing trouble and trying to generate confrontation?^

No.  The Day of Truth exists to promote authentic diversity where students from all walks of life can have an honest conversation about sexuality and relationships.  Young people are asking questions like:  Can you be gay and be a Christian?  Are people born gay?  What do I do with my feelings?  The Day of Truth is a day where we can talk honestly, peer-to-peer about it and seek out honest answers.

Don’t you think people who engage in homosexual behavior should have the same rights as everyone else? If you’re standing up for free speech, then how come you want to stifle them?^

No individual who supports a free and democratic society should advocate the censorship of viewpoints. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees all groups the right to express their views. Those who participate in the Day of Truth are merely exercising this right just as those who oppose our views do as well. Free speech applies to everyone, not just selected groups and individuals.

Aren’t you just being judgmental?^

We are trying to get students to talk to one another and to important people in their lives about the tough questions they have about sexuality and gender.  That’s why we are emphasizing this with the “Get the Conversation Started” theme.

Students have many questions about sexuality that reach to the core of their identity.  The fact is, God has a lot to say about all those things and we think His opinion counts.  We believe every student should have the opportunity to decide for themselves what they believe about these issues.

We strongly disassociate from and condemn those who demonstrate hatred or mock human suffering. Such behavior is not our approach. Christ had compassion for the sinner, and most believers understand that we are all sinners saved through Christ’s death and resurrection.

Who’s behind this? Aren’t they just some sort of religious group trying to force their views down our throats?^

The “Day of Truth” is an official project of the Exodus International. More specifically, the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) launched this project in 2005 and in 2007, Focus on the Family and Exodus International joined the project, providing information and support regarding the theological, social research, and religious ministry issues central to this debate. Participants in the Day of Truth are merely exercising their First Amendment rights to present another side to this issue

Did you receive permission from the school? Is what you are doing legal?^

While it is not necessary for students participating in the “Day of Truth” to ask permission of school officials, they are encouraged to do so. ADF has prepared a letter for participants to share with school officials informing them of the event.

Students do not abandon their constitutional rights to free speech when they enter public school. The United States Supreme Court has stated, “It can hardly be argued that either students or teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.”1 The court has also stated that a student’s free speech rights apply “when [they are] in the cafeteria, or on the playing field, or on the campus during authorized hours…”2

The Supreme Court has ruled that religious speech is protected by the First Amendment and may not be singled out for discrimination.3

Do your parents know you are doing this? Did they or your church put you up to this?^

Day of Truth participants are strongly encouraged to notify their parents about their participation. Students are also encouraged to involve their church youth groups in this project. However, students participating in the project do so of their own volition and are not sponsored or directed by any church or parental group.

Aren’t you just a “copy-cat” – trying to do something similar to what the Gay-Straight Alliance has already done, only you are doing it because you don’t like them?^

No. We don’t think silence is ever the answer.  It only breeds further confusion and isolation.  That’s not helpful for any individual.  We see this as a natural extension of what we are already doing to reach youth with biblical truth about sexuality and relationships.

How do you know your “truth” is the absolute truth? Isn’t truth a relative term?^

Jesus Christ said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). In over one hundred passages in the four gospel accounts of Christ’s life, He either begins with the phrase, “I tell you the truth…” or identifies Himself as the source of revealed truth. As Christians, this provides us with the assurance that Christ is the one and only source of Truth of God.

When there is no standard for truth – when truth means different things to different people – the consequences can be tragic. Most people would agree that the commandment from God, “Thou shalt not kill” is truth. But what happens if someone rejects that as truth, and their “truth” allows them to engage in the killing of innocent human beings? We are simply pointing to what our founding documents, the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, recognize: that there are absolute truths, and that such truth comes from our Creator, God.


Footnotes
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1 Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, 393 U.S. 503, 506 (1968)

2 Id at 506.

3 See Good News Club v. Milford Central School District, 533 U.S. 98, 108-10 (2001); Widmar v. Vincent, 454 U.S. 263, 269 (1981).