On Mix It Up at Lunch Day, students across America are encouraged to sit with classmates they normally wouldn’t to help fight bullying and foster friendships. Given how the cafeteria is a microcosm for school-clique hierarchies, its a pretty ingenious idea.
Held on October 30, Mix It Up Day was started more than a decade ago by the Southern Poverty Law Center, and has some 2,500 schools participating.
But the anti-gay American Family Association sees a limp-wristed boogeyman lurking behind this innocuous campaign—and they’ve conned some schools into banning the event.
The homosexual activist group, Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), has been called to task by public school administrators across the nation for falsely listing schools as participants in “Mix It Up” day without authorization or permission.
“Mix It Up” day is an entry-level “diversity” program designed specifically by SPCL to establish the acceptance of homosexuality into public schools, including elementary and junior high schools.
Many school administrators were offended to learn that their school was listed as a “participating” school on the SPLC website and ordered it removed immediately. In some cases, students or teachers independently signed the school up without approval, leaving principals and superintendents unprepared for phone calls from concerned parents.
Unbelievably, the AFA is encouraging parents to keep their kids home that day.
It could just be payback for SPLC adding AFA to its list of hate groups, something that irks director Bryan Fischer: “The reality is we are not a hate group. We are a truth group,” said Fischer. “We tell the truth about homosexual behavior. Anti-bullying legislation… is just another thinly veiled attempt to promote the homosexual agenda.”
Maureen Costello, who runs SPLC’s Teaching Tolerance project, told the New York Times she’s used to attacks from wackos like Fischer and the AFA, “but this one was complete misrepresentation.”
It’s enough to make you lose your lunch.