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October 11, 2012

The AFA's Misguided Freakout Over Mix It Up Day

It's been awhile since we checked in on the American Family Association - the One Million Moms are just boring at this point and it's not quite time for the AFA's bogus War on Christmas campaign - so I just went to their website to see what they've been up to. The most recent action alert is about an event called Mix It Up Day that is apparently a very bad thing:
Homosexual 'Mix It Up' day - Is your child's school on the list?
Radical Southern Poverty Law Center behind gay indoctrination program
On, Tuesday, October 30, over two thousand schools across the nation will be observing "Mix It Up" (MIU) day. MIT is a nationwide push to promote the homosexual lifestyle in public schools. A strong focus is directed specifically to elementary and junior high grades.
MIU is a project of the fanatical pro-homosexual group, Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). This is the same organization that launched hateful and malicious rhetoric toward the Family Research Council just prior to the August shooting of a security guard by a SPLC sympathizer. See if your school is on the list.
AFA is joining other family-oriented groups in urging parents to keep their children at home that day if their local school is sponsoring the "Mix It Up" project. The Southern Poverty Law Center is using this project to bully-push its gay agenda, and at the same time, intimidate and silence students who have a Biblical view of homosexuality.
Wow, if the AFA is this worked up about it, Mix It Up day must be pretty extreme, right? It's so awful that they had to invent the totally unnecessary and goofy term "bully-push" to describe it. I'm picturing SPLC brainwashing teams roaming school hallways and sponsored gay orgies at recess. So I went to the SPLC website to get the details. Brace yourselves, people...
Just what is Mix It Up at Lunch Day?
A national campaign launched by Teaching Tolerance a decade ago, Mix It Up at Lunch Day encourages students to identify, question and cross social boundaries.
In our surveys, students have identified the cafeteria as the place where divisions are most clearly drawn. So on one day – October 30 this school year – we ask students to move out of their comfort zones and connect with someone new over lunch. It’s a simple act with profound implications. Studies have shown that interactions across group lines can help reduce prejudice. When students interact with those who are different from them, biases and misperceptions can fall away.
...OMG you guys. Encouraging kids to eat lunch with different kids than the kids that they usually eat lunch with for one day?! Surely such a thing will undo everything their parents have ever taught them and "indoctrinate" them with the horrible idea that it might be cool to hang out with different people sometimes.

It's also worth noting that there's nothing at all in the description of Mix It Up day that's about LGBT students in particular (or any other specific group). This event isn't about forcing straight and gay students to hang out together against their will, and it's certainly not about "intimidating and silencing" anyone. It's just about encouraging kids to get out of their comfort zones and "cross social boundaries" for one day in the hopes that doing that will help students to have just a little bit more understanding or respect or tolerance towards each other. In the SPLC's response to the AFA's protest, they point out that each school sets it own agenda and theme for Mix It Up day - there's no official "gay indoctrination program" involved. The AFA have turned this into a gay panic action alert situation based on absolutely nothing, probably because they know that's the easiest way to get their followers fired up.

I find it so disturbing that the members of the AFA would rather keep their children home from school than let them have the option of spending one lunch period hanging out with kids who are different from them in any way. I feel like the only thing missing from this sad and pathetic action alert is the actual phrase "stick to your own kind". Hopefully a lot of kids across the country do choose to "mix it up" and the event has a positive impact so that ignorant and bigoted views like the AFA's can continue to fade away as quickly as possible.

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