Hate group tells parents: Take your children out of schools that condemn homophobic bullying
The American Family Association has called for parents to keep their children home from school, rather than allow them to be educated about homophobia.
The listed hate group made the claim ahead of April 17, which is celebrated by US charities as the Day of Silence – an action day to protest the bullying and harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students.
In an email to supporters, the AFA encouraged parents to keep their children home, rather than allow them to “practice openly homosexual activism in the public classroom”.
The group wrote in an email: “Parents must actively oppose this hijacking of the classroom for political purposes. Please join the national effort to restore to public education a proper understanding of the role of government-subsidized schools.
“You can help de-politicize the learning environment by calling your child out of school if your child’s school allows students to remain silent during instructional time on the Day of Silence.
“If students will be permitted to remain silent, parents can express their opposition most effectively by calling their children out of school on the Day of Silence and sending letters of explanation to their administrators, their children’s teachers, and all school board members.
“One reason this is effective is that most school districts lose money for each student absence.”