The American Family Association has taken aim at "Mix It Up" Day, a program started by the Southern Poverty Law Center 11 years ago that encourages students to break away from their cliques and eat lunch with students that they wouldn't normally speak to.
Apparently it's encouraging the pro-homosexual agenda. Duh.
More after the jump.
AFA was quick to go on the defensive against accusations that they're a hate group pushing their own anti-gay agenda.
The New York Times writes:
"'The reality is we are not a hate group. We are a truth group,' said Bryan Fischer, director of issue analysis for the association. 'We tell the truth about homosexual behavior.'
Although the suggested activities for Mix It Up at Lunch Day do not expressly address gay and lesbian students, the law center itself promotes equal treatment for gays and lesbians and that philosophy then informs the school program, he said.
'Anti-bullying legislation is exactly the same,' Mr. Fischer said. 'It’s just another thinly veiled attempt to promote the homosexual agenda. No one is in favor of anyone getting bullied for any reason, but these anti-bullying policies become a mechanism for punishing Christian students who believe that homosexual behavior is not something that should be normalized.'"
So, having kids break out of their exclusive circles and actually get to know the other students around them will basically make them cock-hungry. Got it.
For her part Maureen Costello, the director of the SPLC's Teaching Tolerance project, which organizes Mix It Up Day says:
“I was surprised that they completely lied about what Mix It Up Day is. It was a cynical, fear-mongering tactic."
She continues, “Many of the targets of bullying are kids who are either gay or are perceived as gay," but she denounces the idea that the program is intended as a means for homosexual indoctrination.
“We’ve become used to the idea of lunatic fringe attacks,” she said, “but this one was complete misrepresentation.”
Mix It Up Day exists in more than 2500 schools. As of Friday, 200 schools have cancelled and the AFA has encouraged parents to keep their kids out of school on Oct. 30, the day most schools plan to participate this year.
Awesome job promoting tolerance, AFA. We wouldn't want bullied kids to have any reason to not kill themselves...