Friday marked the annual "Day of Silence" event in schools that seeks to halt bullying against homosexuals, but some say the event was nothing more than propaganda.
The student-led day is sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network and encourages students to refrain from texting or talking to anyone, including teachers and administrators.
But groups like the Liberty Counsel say the event only promotes an "anti-heterosexual viewpoint."
Instead, Liberty Counsel encouraged students to participate in a counter-celebration on the "Day of Silence" by promoting the message of sexual purity and traditional marriage.
"When it comes to the Day of Silence, silence is not an option," Liberty Counsel president Mathew Staver said. "Students have the right not to remain silent."
Because schools cannot require a student to participate in the "Day of Silence," Staver recommended parents either keep their children home Friday or allow them to wear white to school and pass out flyers on purity in response to the event.
Displaying the 'Golden Rule'
Many parents did just that while hundreds of others chose to send their children to school with "golden rule" cards to demonstrate their faith.
The card is a promise to obey Luke 6:31 and "do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
Christian psychologist Warren Throckmorton told CBN News he created them as an alternative to keeping kids at home, Friday.
"It is much more convincing to someone that you really do care about them, and want them to be safe," he said.
Throkmorton says it's hard to measure the size of the Golden Rule program, but its Facebook group has grown to more than 700 in two years and several church leaders have adopted the program.
In responsed to the Day of Silence, Staver explained that school activities are not protected under the First Amendment, meaning students really don't have the right to remain silent when called upon by teachers.
He also asked administrators to speak out against the Day of Silence by not tolerating students who refused to talk because of the event.
Source: The Liberty Counsel, Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network