Faith-Based Bloggers Support Spirit Day

Faith-based bloggers are encouraging their readers and followers to commemorate Spirit Day by going purple tomorrow, October 19.

This week, Owldolatrous Press, is running a series of posts leading up to Spirit Day. The posts have touched on a variety of topics related to bullying, violence against LGBT people, and promoting the message of Spirit Day. Owldolatrous gained a sudden national reputation with its post concerning Chick-fil-a. Now in an expanded form, Owldolatrous is dedicating this week to preventing bullying and LGBT violence.

Wednesday’s post talks about the motivation behind bullying: bullying comes down to fear. That’s what Michael Baugh says in a piece entitled “Lessons from the Biting Dogs”. Today’s post, “Confessions of a Former Bully” is a first-hand account of someone who is admitting and confessing to his own bullying activity.

Wayne Self, Owldolatrous’ founder, will be posting more pieces about bullying and Spirit Day throughout the week, so keep your eyes peeled!

Another popular Christian blog, Canyonwalker Connections, is throwing its support behind Spirit Day. Blogger Kathy Baldock talks about trying to raise children to be kind and respectful. She knows that often, children act out what they have been taught, explicitly or implicitly, at home.

The best way to teach our children not to bully other children is to be role models of kindness ourselves. And, that takes work. It is easy for each of us to mistreat or undervalue those that we do not understand... I am a Christian advocate for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. Many of those in my tribe of straight Evangelical Christians do not have close relationships with LGBT people and the stereotypes they believe about them are inaccurate. Those beliefs will unconsciously be shared across dining room tables, while watching TV or out at events.

The blog of the Catholic organization New Ways Ministry is also encouraging its membership to go purple for Spirit Day. The blog quotes the article by Fr. James Martin in America Magazine, which lists why it’s important for Catholics to oppose LGBT bullying and participate in Spirit Day.

Those of us at New Ways Ministry will be wearing purple tomorrow to publicly witness against the bullying, violence, and hate speech that harm so many LGBT youth and New Ways Ministry hopes you will join in taking a stand.

We expect more faith-based blogs to be posted in the run up to Spirit Day. You can join Owldolatrous, Canyonwalker Connections, New Ways Ministry, and the millions of others who are going purple for Spirit Day on Friday, October 19. To get involved, simply go purple on October 19 as we work to create a world in which LGBT teens are accepted for who they are.

Download GLAAD’s Spirit Day resource kit which contains tools to get your place of worship involved. Spirit Day participants can also spread the word and tell their friends they’re standing up against bullying, download the Spirit Day app for iPhone and Android, and text PURPLE to 80888 to donate $5 to support the important work GLAADGLSEN and The Trevor Project do every day to end bullying and support LGBT youth.