by Danny Cohen, GRTL Education Intern
Simon and Garfunkel once wrote a song named “Sounds of Silence.” On Tuesday, October 20th, 2009, Mission: Life Alpharetta showed Alpharetta High School the meaning of that silence. Over 35 participants voluntarily adorned red tape with the word “Life” inscribed upon it for this year’s Pro-Life Day of Silence and Solidarity.
These students solemnly remembered the 51 million American children who have been aborted since 1973 as well as defended the rights of all preborn children by declaring their personhood. In addition to standing in the gap for the preborn, the Day’s participants inspired a counter protest by pro-choice advocates.
In total, over sixty students at Alpharetta High School covered their mouths with tape as a proclamation of their belief in life or choice. The Sounds of Silence at Alpharetta High School were stronger than the noise of ordinary chatter.
Our silence was noticed and it is bringing the personhood debate to the forefront of discussion in the school.
Mission: Life Alpharetta’s Vice-President of Outreach, Michael Hornaday, wrote the following words concerning his experience with the Pro-Life Day of Silence and Solidarity. I believe it would be a shame to limit or reduce his words, words which capture the essence of the Day so clearly:
As we of Mission: Life Alpharetta once again placed red tape over our chests and mouths for the Day, we saw again that the will to protest is very much alive in the youth of America. The numbers we saw this year were fantastic as people came forward with the strength to stand up for the truth.
More and more people are recognizing the movement as one of passionate, educated individuals who are firm in their resolve to defend the preborn.
This event in particular is one that tantalizes everyone’s tongue with the word “Life.” It’s a powerful stir in the settling waters of student opinion. And that’s what I ask for. If, through one day of silence, we can create one week’s worth of commotion, it’s worth it. This issue is one that must be spoken.
My hope is that the people who have not decided will be motivated to visit our club, or to research the topic for themselves. As always, people will ask if the pro-choice individuals at our school gave us a hard time, and for the second year in a row I am compelled to answer with a resounding “yes.”
But if the only day they will attack us is when we’ve taken a vow of silence, then I’m more than happy to let those merits stand for themselves.
As with the previous year, I’m intensely proud of our club and our commitment to education, community service, and life. I look forward to this becoming a tradition at every high school.
The Day of Silence and Solidarity is a national movement that takes place the third week of October every year. This year 200,000 students participated in the day of remembrance for the unborn. The Day of Silence and Solidarity is organized by Bryan Kemper of Stand True. For more information about the day or about Stand True, please visit http://standtrue.com/.