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Anti-bullying program labeled ‘a radical gay indoctrination program’

Monday, October 15, 2012

The annual “Mix It Up at Lunch Day” — a decade-old program that encourages school children to overcome cultural, societal, or other differences by sitting with those they don’t normally hang out with during lunch — has been attacked by the American Family Association (AFA), as a “radical gay indoctrination program.”

The AFA is encouraging parents to keep their children home on October 30, warning that the Southern Poverty Law Center, which it describes as a “homosexual activist group,” is forcing a pro-gay agenda upon American children.

“Mix It Up” Day is organized by Teaching Tolerance, the anti-bullying project of the Southern Poverty Law Center — this year, more than 2,500 schools across the country are expected to participate.

“On, Tuesday, October 30, over two thousand schools across the nation will be observing “Mix It Up” (MIU) day. MIU is a nationwide push to promote the homosexual lifestyle in public schools,” warned the AFA.

“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.”

Maureen Costello, director of Teaching Tolerance said, called AFA’s warning “a cynical, fear-mongering tactic.”

“I was surprised that they completely lied about what Mix It Up Day is,” she told The New York Times.

The program is not about sexual orientation but rather about breaking up social cliques, which are especially evident in a school cafeteria, Ms. Costello said.

In some schools, cliques are socioeconomic. In others they are ethnic or religious or based on sexual orientation. By giving students a way to mix with other students, self-imposed social barriers can be broken down and bullying can be curbed, she said.

“Many of the targets of bullying are kids who are either gay or are perceived as gay,” she said.

But the idea that the program is intended as homosexual indoctrination is simply wrong, Ms. Costello added.

“We’ve become used to the idea of lunatic fringe attacks,” she said, “but this one was complete misrepresentation.”

This latest battle between the so-called family values christian right and the SPLC was sparked by the recent inclusion of the AFA along Washington D.C.-based Family Research Council in the center’s list of anti-gay hate groups.

The SPLC maintains on its website, and in ongoing informational campaigns nationwide, that inclusion on its hate watch list has no bearing on an organization’s religious stance. The SPLC maintains that these groups are included because they continue to defame and slander LGBT people.

Bryan Fischer, Director of Issue Analysis for the AFA and host of its Focal Point national radio program, disagrees.

“The reality is, we are not a hate group. We are a truth group,” said Fischer. “We tell the truth about homosexual behavior.”

Fischer says that anti-bullying legislation is “just another thinly veiled attempt to promote the homosexual agenda” by “punishing Christian students who believe that homosexual behavior is not something that should be normalized.”

According to Costello, about 200 schools have since cancelled participation in “Mix It Up at Lunch Day.”

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13 more reader comments:

  1. sure RADICAL to PREVENT abuse and maybe suiciide these peple are so SICK

    Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012 at 5:31pm
  2. Laughing out loud

    Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012 at 5:32pm
  3. You can’t be a “truth group” if you lie constantly. These people are insane.

    Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012 at 5:36pm
  4. would it be radical gay indoctrination for me to repaint your house in rainbow colors? Yes? still doing it…

    Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012 at 5:38pm
  5. “Truth” group? Any group who claims gay people are indoctrinated and its okay to bully kids because of their sexuality is a “talking crap” group.

    Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012 at 5:49pm
  6. Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012 at 5:50pm
  7. Noone should be treated poorly because of their sexual orientation!

    Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012 at 5:51pm
  8. finally we need this at my school so i can come out finally

    Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012 at 7:54pm
  9. One thing that is truly interesting about the same-sex marriage issue is that there is no balance in solution focused reason.
    Analogy:
    My name is Elihu Eli El. If a group requests to use my name in order to create the Annual Elihu Eli El Community Block Party, I would ask for the agenda and likely give the group permission to use my name. The schedule of events could include the following, for example:
    Face painting
    Music
    Dancing
    Spoken Word, etc.

    If two years later, the same group decides to include a great outdoor food-fight to the Block Party that was named after me. I don’t support it, because massive food-fights waste food and money that could be used for the less fortunate. They have deviated from what I would approve. “Stop using my name for this event and change the name of your event”.

    Well, the institution of the church has allowed states to use the word “marriage” because the agenda received approval many years ago. Now that the states agenda has changed…the institution of the church is now saying – “Stop using my name for this event and change the name of your event”.

    In our case, “civil matrimony” should be declared for both sexual orientation and that is the common-sense solution.

    http://www.friendsofeli.com/live/video_popup.php/matrimony.doc?id=20&download=1&bipass=1&start_dl=1

    Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012 at 8:02pm
  10. Damned left wing mos! ;p

    Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012 at 8:43pm
  11. Indoctrination? If people believe that gays turn people gay then all I can say is stupid!

    Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012 at 8:44pm
  12. People just like saying “indoctrination” because it’s the biggest word they know and think it makes them sound like they know what they are talking about, like some sort of credible scientific theory or something ;-{P}

    Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012 at 8:55pm
  13. @Brandon, things are getting better and better for us. The changes in societies acceptance if us has changed a lot since the early 1980′s when I was your age. I spent a lifetime learning how to hide my sexuality, suffering in the closet. I had no hope of ever coming out. There its a proverbial light at the end if the tunnel for you. Don’t lose hope. You’ll be among the lucky ones accepted for who you are!

    Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012 at 9:03pm