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By Lauren, Michigan college student
When I was in high school, there was no such thing as the Day of Dialogue, therefore Christians were often left trying to figure out how to respond to the homosexual-themed Day of Silence. They were often faced with the dilemma of: “Do I act out against it or do I just not say anything at all?” Let me explain:
Chaos. If I had to sum up my experience with Day of Silence in high school, this is the one word I would use to explain it. A good portion of my school participated and either wrote ‘Day of Silence’ on their hand or wore duct tape across their mouth. In response to this, there was a group of students who had T-shirts made with the words, ‘Make Some Noise.’ This specific group brought in noisemakers when they came across a person who was an active participant in Day of Silence. Some would shake the noisemaker and scream in their face. Needless to say, I saw this act as hateful and unnecessary; even though I did not agree with the Day of Silence participants, I do not believe this was the correct response. The ‘noise’ group did not represent Christians, although some Christians did take part. From my perception, the reason some Christians did participate was because they didn’t know how else to voice their opinion.
I had a very unique perspective on the event because I was a leader of the Christian club in my high school. Our group consisted of students from nearly every clique including the jock, the thespian, the prep, the math wiz, the emo, the band geek, etc. As the leader I had a relationship with each of them and heard their perspective on numerous occasions. On Day of Silence, about half of the Christian group chose to participate because they were against the bullying and harassment of homosexuals, and there were also some who carried the noisemakers and reacted to the silence because they didn’t agree with the promotion of homosexuality. The day was so chaotic and disorderly that my school principal called an impromptu assembly to address the issues at hand. In the end, the ‘noisemaker’ group was threatened with suspension if they did not turn in their shirts and noisemakers, whereas the ‘silent’ group was allowed to continue in their protest.
As a Christian, I must say that I was confused as to where I stood between the two extremes. I obviously am against the promotion of homosexuality, but am also strongly against the bullying and harassment of homosexuals. I would not be silent on that day because it was seen as a day to support a homosexual activist movement, but I also would not wear the ‘Make Some Noise’ shirt because how would I be living out the gospel if I was blatantly disrespecting and ‘hating’ on those who are trying to show love? In the end I decided I did not have to choose one extreme or the other, but I could continue through the day as any other day and continue living out the life Jesus exemplified by demonstrating love and respect for each of the groups in my everyday life. After all, in Matthew 5:9, Jesus states, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”
I addressed it at the next Christian club meeting and stated very openly that I am against promotion of homosexuality, but I am also against the hatred of the homosexual person. I believe in order to effectively be that peacemaker and respond to Day of Silence, we need to consider Ephesians 4:15, “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.”
The Day of Dialogue is an incredible opportunity for Christian students to learn ways of getting conversation started and living out Ephesians 4:15. It helps to give these students the confidence they need to act on their beliefs and a place to stand up and say, ‘I have a voice!’ ”
How Do I Win?
You can win this contest by: 1) Submitting the most compelling written statement—no more than 3 sentences—of how your group will use the wristbands to share Day of Dialogue’s message and God’s redemptive truth with classmates! And …
2) By Friday, April 12, getting at least 5 student participants from the same high school or college (including yourself) registered for the Day of Dialogue event sponsored by Focus on the Family! (See below for info on how to enter & register.)
How do I Enter the Contest & Get Me & My Friends Registered for the Event?
1) Submit your name, mailing address, phone number, and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org
2) In your email entry, include the written statement of how you and your friends plan to use the wristbands to share Day of Dialogue’s message and God’s redemptive truth with classmates. The statement must be no more than 3 sentences.
3) Get at least five students from the same high school or college (including yourself) to register for the Day of Dialogue event sponsored by Focus on the Family. To register for Day of Dialogue, each person should complete the form at this link. Or click on the “Register Today” button at the top righthand corner of www.dayofdialogue.com and complete the registration form.
IMPORTANT!! When filling out the registration form, be sure that each person completes the “Name of High School or College” section of the registration form at this link. Otherwise, your registrations will not be credited toward the contest.
What’s the Prize?
Winners will receive 100 Day of Dialogue wristbands. (You can request less than 100.) The wristbands display the words “DayofDialogue.com” and “Let’s Talk!”
How Many Winners Will There Be?
Day of Dialogue will select 2 winners.
Who’s Eligible to Participate?
High school and college students who, as of the date of entry, are at least 13 years old and under the age of 25.
Each entry must be submitted under one person’s name—and only that person will receive the prize if selected as a winner. Group entries are not permitted.
Note: Winners’ names, ages, home states and written statements may be featured in Day of Dialogue, Focus on the Family and CitizenLink outlets. Photos of the student winners and other participants may also be requested and featured in these outlets.
What are the Contest Guidelines?
Winners will be selected based on:
If at least 5 students from their same high school or college (including the student who entered the contest) have registered at the Day of Dialogue registration site: https://focusonthefamily.webconnex.com/dayofdialogue (To count toward the contest, these registrations must be done within the contest period of March 13, 2013 and April 12, 2013).
Their statement submission reflects sincere support of Day of Dialogue’s mission, goals and themes. This statement should be a true and accurate representation of themselves and their groups’ plans to use the wristbands.
What’s the deadline?
All entries must be received no later than April 12, 2013. To be counted toward the contest, students registrations must have been completed between March 13, 2013 and the deadline on April 12, 2013.
View the official rules here.
IF YOU DO NOT RESIDE IN THE 50 UNITED
STATES OR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS CONTEST.
Participation in the Focus on the Family Day of Dialogue Wristband contest (the “Contest”) is contingent on your full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules. The Contest is sponsored by Focus on the Family, 8605 Explorer Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920 (“Sponsor”).
1. NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY.
2. CONTEST. The contest will be held between 12:01 a.m. Mountain Time (“MT”) on March 13, 2013, and 11:59 p.m. MT on April 12, 2013 (the “Contest Period”).
3. ENTRY. To enter the Contest, you will need to do to things: (1) Submit an original, written statement, of no more than three sentences, telling how your group will use the wristband prizes to share Day of Dialogue’s message and God’s redemptive truth with classmates. The written statement must be submitted to: email@example.com by April 12, 2013. (2) Get at least five students from the same high school or college (including yourself) to register for the Day of Dialogue event. The registrations must be made during the Contest Period through this site: https://focusonthefamily.webconnex.com/dayofdialogue. The registrants must complete the name of your high school or college in order for you, the Contest entrant, to be credited. If more than one Contest entrant is from the same school, each will receive credit for the registrations.
Additional Contest instructions may be found by visiting www.dayofdialogue.com .
The written statement must be your original work and must not have been previously published in any form. It may not be offensive or defamatory as determined by Sponsor. No automated entry devices and/or programs permitted. All entries become the sole and exclusive property of Sponsor and will not be returned. Receipt of entries will not be acknowledged. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, illegible, stolen, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible, misdirected, technically corrupted or garbled entries, which will be disqualified, or for problems of any kind whether mechanical, human or electronic. Only fully completed entries are eligible. Proof of submission will not be deemed to be proof of receipt by Sponsor. By entering, you agree to the terms and conditions of these Official Rules and to the display of your entry, in whole or in part, in any manner and media.
3. ELIGIBILITY. Participation in the Contest is open to individuals who are between ages 13-24 (inclusive) as of the date of entry, and who are legal residents of the fifty United States or the District of Columbia. Proof of eligibility may be required. Void outside of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, and where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law. Employees, officers & directors of Focus on the Family, its Contest advertising and promotion agencies, and their immediate families (parents, children, siblings, spouse) or members of the same household (whether related or not) of such employees/ officers/ directors are not eligible to enter. Entrant must be an individual person; group entries are not permitted.
3.1 A limit of one (1) entry per person is allowed. Additional entries determined to be submitted from the same individual will invalidate all entries from that individual.
4. WINNER SELECTIONS. All Entries will be screened for compliance with these official rules by Sponsor’s panel of judges. Sponsor will choose two winners from among all eligible entries, based upon the following criteria: Appropriateness of written statement to theme and originality. Sponsor’s decisions are final.
5. PRIZES & APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUES. Each winner will receive 100 Day of Dialogue wristbands valued at approximately $125.00. Sponsor will award 100 wristbands unless a winner requests fewer.
Prize may not be assigned, transferred, changed, or redeemed for cash, except at Sponsor’s sole discretion. No cash alternative will be offered. No substitutions of prize, except that Sponsor may substitute any portion of a prize with something of equal or greater value, in Sponsor’s sole discretion. Any portion of a prize not accepted by a winner is forfeited. All federal, state and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the winner.
6. NOTIFICATION. The potential winner will be notified by telephone, mail or email no later than two weeks after the end of the Contest Period. The potential winner (Or parent/legal guardian, if a minor) may be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and/or Liability/Publicity Release, and a W-9 form for tax reporting purposes, within ten (10) days of receipt. If a potential winner cannot be contacted within five (5) calendar days of first notification attempt, if any prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, if a potential winner rejects his/her prize, if potential winner does not sign and return the requested forms within ten (10) days of receipt, or in the event of noncompliance with these Official Rules, the prize will be forfeited and Sponsor reserves the right to select an alternate winner from all remaining eligible entries. Upon prize forfeiture, no compensation will be given.
7. CONDITIONS. Participation in this Contest and acceptance of a prize constitutes entrant’s permission for Sponsor to (a) use his/her name, address (city and state), likeness, photograph, picture, voice, biographical information, entry and/or any statements made by entrant regarding the Contest or Sponsor and (b) copy, edit, use in any medium and manner, in whole or in part, the entry submitted for any purpose without notice or additional compensation, except where prohibited by law. By participating, entrant agrees to release and hold harmless Sponsor and Sponsor’s advertising and promotion agencies and their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, licensees, partners, representatives, agents, successors, assigns, and the employees, officers and directors of each of them, from any and all liability, for loss, harm, damage, injury, cost or expense whatsoever including without limitation, property damage, personal injury and/or death which may occur in connection with entrant’s participation in this Contest, or possession, acceptance and/or use, misuse or non-use of prize or participation in any Contest-related activity and for any claims based on publicity rights, defamation or invasion of privacy and merchandise delivery. Sponsor is not responsible if any prize cannot be awarded due to delays or interruptions due to acts of God, acts of war, terrorism, natural disasters, weather, acts of terrorism, or any other events outside of Sponsor’s control. Entrants who do not comply with these Official Rules or attempt to interfere with this Contest in any way will be disqualified.
8. ADDITIONAL TERMS. No automatic, programmed; robotic or similar means of entry are permitted. Sponsor, its affiliates, partners and promotion and advertising agencies are not responsible for technical, hardware, software, telephone or other communications malfunctions, errors or failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, web site, Internet, or ISP availability, unauthorized human intervention, traffic congestion, incomplete or inaccurate capture of entry information (regardless of cause) or failed, incomplete, garbled, jumbled or delayed computer transmissions which may limit one’s ability to enter the Contest, including any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer relating to or resulting from participating in this Contest or downloading any materials in this Contest. Sponsor reserves the right, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify, extend or suspend this Contest should (in Sponsor’s sole discretion) virus, bug, non-authorized human intervention, fraud or other cause beyond its control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness or proper conduct of this Contest or for any other reason Sponsor deems it necessary. In such case, Sponsor may, at its discretion, select the winners from all eligible entries received unaffected by the problem. Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds, in its sole discretion, to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of this Contest or web site. Sponsor may prohibit an entrant from participating in the Contest or winning a prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines that said entrant is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of this Contest by cheating, hacking, deception, or other unfair playing practices (including the use of automated quick entry programs) or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other entrants or Sponsor representatives.
CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, THE SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM THE PERPETRATOR TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. THE COLORADO COURTS (STATE AND FEDERAL) SHALL HAVE SOLE JURISDICTION OF ANY CONTROVERSIES REGARDING THIS CONTEST AND THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF COLORADO SHALL GOVERN THIS CONTEST. EACH ENTRANT WAIVES ANY AND ALL OBJECTIONS TO AND HEREBY SUBMITS TO THE JURISDICTION AND VENUE OF THESE COURTS.
10. OWNERSHIP OF ENTRY. By submitting an entry, you acknowledge and agree that: (a) Sponsor will own your entry, and (b) as between you and Sponsor, Sponsor will own all publishing rights in and to the entry. Each entrant hereby irrevocably grants, transfers, sells, assigns and conveys to the Sponsor, its successors and assigns, all present and future right, title and interest of every kind and nature whatsoever, including, without limitation, all copyrights, and all rights incidental, subsidiary, ancillary or allied thereto (including, without limitation, all derivative rights) in and to the entry and the written response submission(s) for exploitation throughout the universe, in perpetuity, by means of any and all media and devices whether now known or hereafter devised. Sponsor shall have the right, in its sole discretion, to edit, composite, morph, scan, duplicate, or alter, the entry for any purpose which Sponsor deems necessary or desirable, and each entrant irrevocably waives any and all so-called moral rights they may have in the entry submitted by him or her.
11. LIST OF WINNERS. The identity of the winners (first name, state, age) will be available by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to “Winners List – Focus on the Family Day of Dialogue Wristband Contest, 8605 Explorer Drive, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80920, postmarked within sixty days after the end of the Contest Period.