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Focus on the Family's 'Day of Dialogue' Horror Movie Trailer: VIDEO


Day of Dialogue, the Focus on the Family-sponsored Christianist response to GLSEN's Day of Silence, in which students take a vow of silence to call attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in their schools, has posted a new promotional video.

During their Day of Dialogue on April 19, Focus on the Family basically shoves its Biblical worldview in students' faces in the guise of a "conversation" in what can only be called a national student day against gays.

Watch their new "trailer" (as in horror movie), AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. these poor brainwashed fools are truly frightening. thank "god" they're a dying breed

    Posted by: DanSwon | Feb 22, 2012 10:48:57 AM

  2. I love giving people the attention and media blitz they don't deserve. It's like WBC's 2/20/2012 Fake Protest of Whitney Houston all over again...

    Posted by: luminum | Feb 22, 2012 10:54:49 AM

  3. It was just a matter of time before the extremist lunaticsat FotF grabbed the coattails of the successful "It Gets Better" campaign.

    I find this to be repulsive.

    Posted by: DiatribesAndOvationsTo | Feb 22, 2012 10:57:30 AM

  4. How hypocritical. "Day of Dialogue" and yet they have disabled comments and ratings on youtube. Should we really be surprised?

    Posted by: Jon Lee Hart | Feb 22, 2012 11:06:20 AM

  5. You can't have a dialogue if you change the meaning of dialogue to preaching.

    Posted by: Dale | Feb 22, 2012 11:11:22 AM

  6. It's pathetic that something as noble as Day of Silence could be attacked by supposed christians. What would Jesus do? He wouldn't judge or cast stones. That's for sure.

    Posted by: Sarina | Feb 22, 2012 11:12:56 AM

  7. Yes, lets get the conversation started, that perhaps focus on the family DOES NOT HAVE A MONOPOLY ON TRUTH. Their translation and understanding of scriptures is not the only possible doctrine on sexuality. Being in a loving stable gay relationship or, god forbid, marriage, is way better than pretending to be strait and cheating to get your real needs met... Horrid video by the way.

    Posted by: Tom in long beach | Feb 22, 2012 11:15:45 AM

  8. Interesting how they chose their background music from the Nutcracker Suite who's composer was gay - Tchaikovsky.

    Posted by: Larry Gates | Feb 22, 2012 11:17:48 AM

  9. Production values look like they came from a talent impaired high school AV squad. Not sure this would resonnate with kids today.

    Posted by: Geoff MG | Feb 22, 2012 11:26:38 AM

  10. The older I get, the more I roll my eyes at young people who think they know the answers.

    Posted by: Michael W. | Feb 22, 2012 11:27:23 AM

  11. The very idea of Christianity, its entire set of notions and structures around its concepts of received truth, is becoming more and more disreputable as a result of evangelical resistance to gay people. If evangelicals had persisted in their open resistance to civil rights they would have become a "nation" of shame, the intellectual and spiritual pariahs of the Western world.

    This is increasingly the position they hold today as a result of their homophobia. It puts them in the nuthouse.

    Posted by: uffda | Feb 22, 2012 11:44:26 AM

  12. I don't think dialogue is a bad thing, but they could have held this next month instead of the day before. Also, it won't be a dialogue about facts - just rambling. Too bad it couldn't be organized in some way. Why not have debate teams debate each other in the morning (with moderators to check the facts)? It could be informative, but it will probably end in screaming/preaching. Too bad.

    Posted by: Jon | Feb 22, 2012 11:55:45 AM

  13. About the first sentence, I meant that they could have held it on a day other than the 19th, which is the day before the day of silence on the 20th. That makes it seem adversarial. As for the debate idea, I think it would be interesting for the two groups to argue points opposite to what they believe. That might be a learning experience.

    Posted by: Jon | Feb 22, 2012 12:00:07 PM

  14. Huh? The conversation is over!!

    Posted by: Rob | Feb 22, 2012 12:06:43 PM

  15. Jon, you speak as if there are two sides to this. There are not. These kids are the product of brainwashing by the hateful bigots who raised them and the vile "preachers" who poison their minds against justice, love and compassion. We should NOT be debating them but rather shutting them down. It would NOT be interesting to hear them argue their points. It would be offensive and insulting to once again give a legitimate voice to their poisonous, soul damaging vile.

    Posted by: boone68 | Feb 22, 2012 12:12:14 PM

  16. Let's get the conversation started = Let me talk in your face why you're going to hell.

    Here would be my conversation, "If you have to go back over 3000 years when they thought the earth was flat and the sun went around the earth to find anything to support your sick and sad phobias and bigotries, then you're too stupid to have a conversation. Grow up, grow a pair, and realize the world didn't stop evolving - a scary word for you I know - 2000 years ago. What God gave you was a brain and it's really sad you won't use it to actually think for yourself.

    Posted by: Bart | Feb 22, 2012 12:16:24 PM

  17. I just threw up a little - no, a lot, and not just in my mouth. Would that it would be a conversation, an exchange, a learning rather than a teaching moment. But this will be "God said it, I believe it, that's it!" with acne. Because faith is SO much more important than rationality, science, and critical thinking. Just ask Frothy!

    Posted by: TJ | Feb 22, 2012 12:17:29 PM

  18. I flagged the video (that of course, doesn't allow comments) and picked the reason "child abuse". Not a drop of irony.

    Posted by: Leo | Feb 22, 2012 12:20:57 PM

  19. I flagged the video as well. Sighting that the “Day of Dialogue” is sponsored by Focus on Family --an organization classified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group.

    Posted by: ichabod | Feb 22, 2012 12:37:46 PM

  20. It's a free country (sort of), so go ahead and have a dialog. Have several, and don't forget to include the voice(s) inside your head. Since I'm not playing along with your imaginary religion nonsense why should I care?

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Feb 22, 2012 12:55:24 PM

  21. Who's idea was it to shake the camera around and repeat the lines over and over again? Is that what young film-makers do now? The hip, in crowd? Shaky annoying camera work with a light and airy soundtrack for an animus inspiring day of ignorance toward gay students. Fun.

    Posted by: MKe | Feb 22, 2012 12:56:12 PM

  22. Hmm. @Rob & @Boone68: The conversation will take place inside school or outside school. If it takes place outside school there will be no guidance or control and, I think, will amount to a group of vocal kids picking on another group. To debate requires time and research. To develop the best arguments for things requires emotional detachment - the best screamer doesn't win. And to moderate debates is a tactical advantage.

    Religion isn't going anywhere. We have to find a way to live together. I'm not suggesting that I think anti-gay groups would win the debate. I'm suggesting that moderated debates might actually demonstrate to kids certain logical errors in the way they are thinking.

    For one, the term 'natural law' is, historically, essentially synonymous with 'God's law' and has nothing to do with 'nature' in the modern sense of the word. So point this out and ask why in a secular society we still use phrases like "against nature" at all. When we (gay people) argue that homosexuality is found in nature, we are arguing right past these kids. In church-language, which is what they hear at home and church, saying that homosexuality is 'against nature' is not refuted by pointing out instances of homosexuality in nature. But all this stuff requires research and time. Imagine being anti-gay and finding this out for yourself, or imagine being gay and figuring out that a better response to the 'against nature' argument is to point out the merits of the separation of church and state.

    Posted by: Jon | Feb 22, 2012 1:07:37 PM

  23. Isn't the accompanying music the "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" from the "Nutcracker" by the great GAY composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky?

    Posted by: architectinberlin | Feb 22, 2012 1:07:58 PM

  24. How apt that they would choose the 19th of April -- the date of the 2nd biggest terrorist massacre in American history, also performed by right-wing nutjobs.

    Posted by: PaulR | Feb 22, 2012 1:43:31 PM

  25. Hey class, let's DEBATE whether lefties ought to be acknowledged and respected as human--or whether we should go back to shunning and marginalizing them as if OUR dignity depends on it!! God loves us so much that he doesn't want ANYONE to be a dirty lefty and dirty lefties should be punished as unnatural if they won't change; PROVE ME WRONG, YOU DIRTY LEFTIES.

    The conversation they want: Why you gay people shouldn't exist, deserve no rights or basic privacy or dignity...why we YOUR very HUMANITY ought to be up for debate because WE are superior moral judges as straight Christianists, with the RIGHT to inflict MORAL TERROR.

    Tchaikovsky's music here DRIVES HOME the extent to which their "conversation" is inherently unconscionable. I'm sure they deny that he was gay or are saying that we should marry silly women who we don't love like he made himself do:

    No thanks, A-holes: I'd rather ignore you. Except you've declared the right to terrorize gay people's existence.

    "Christian" my a**. They'd deserve PITY if they didn't have so much power and dangerous influence.

    Posted by: just_a_guy | Feb 22, 2012 1:54:47 PM

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