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California College Student Council Officially Opposes LGBT 'Day of
April 17 /Christian Newswire/ -- On Thursday, April 16, in a
Council chamber overflowing with students, the Student Council of American
River College voted 11-5 to pass a resolution putting the 42,000-student
Community College on record as opposing the LGBT National "Day of
"The passage of this resolution marks new progress for Community
Colleges," commented Vladimir Musorivschi. "The 'Day of Silence' project
has been used as an opportunity to suspend Christian students at local
schools for wearing Bible verses on their shirts. The 'Day of Silence' is
truly about silencing the voices of Christian students and we will oppose
The audience was packed with students who spoke out in favor of and
against the resolution. Those in favor argued that the controversial "Day
of Silence" was an attempt to silence Christians, while those opposed
argued the "Day of Silence" was only about protecting homosexuals and
transsexuals from violence.
The hour-long Council meeting ended with the 11 to 5 vote in favor of the
resolution, with students arguing for religious protection from oppressive
censorship associated with the "Day of Silence". The vote (11 to 5 = 69%)
provided the required 2/3rds vote requirement to pass the resolution.
"We are concerned about the 'Day of Silence' being used as a propaganda
and intimidation tactic which seeks to suppress dissent, such as has
happened in fascist regimes and in the former Soviet Union, from which
some members of the Student Council escaped," commented Student Rep.
George Popko. "We do not want to see our State and National governments
allow tactics like the 'Day of Silence' in public schools, colleges, and
universities to silence Christians."
This is not the first time American River College's Student Council has
been in the news for taking up controversial subject matter. In September,
the Council voted 8-3 (73%) to endorse the California Proposition 8
Marriage initiative -- an action that led some students to lead a vigorous
recall campaign attempting to unseat the student leaders who supported
Prop 8. The recall failed.
For the text of the resolution, further information, and video coverage
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