The American Family Association is accusing the Southern Poverty Law Center of trying to indoctrinate school children into homosexuality through a “Mix It Up!” event that, well… doesn’t actually mention being gay at all.
The AFA has never let reality stand in its way, however. Here is their call to action that was issued on Monday:
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 would be more convincing if we didn’t have eyes and weren’t able to read what the “Mix It Up” project is really about.
The Mix It Up at Lunch Day is a national campaign backed by the Southern Poverty Law Center through which it aims to have school children on October 30 “move out of their comfort zones and connect with someone new over lunch.”
The website goes on to say: “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.”
So that’s it. The project wants kids to sit with different groups of people so they can widen their social circles and hopefully break down barriers. There is no explicit mention of LGBT acceptance anywhere on the website besides a passing reference to the Day of Silence.
The SPLC has commented on the AFA’s accusations, saying:
Describing Mix this way is an out-and-out lie. As educators know, Mix It Up is a simple effort to get students to break through social boundaries and make new friends. Each school sets its own agenda, makes its own plans and chooses its own theme. Last year, over 3,000 schools participated in the program without incident.
None of that seems to matter to the AFA, a group that specializes in demonizing the LGBT community and stirring up hate. Incredibly, the AFA has linked homosexuality to the Holocaust, saying, “Homosexuality gave us Adolph Hitler, and homosexuals in the military gave us the Brown Shirts, the Nazi war machine and six million dead Jews.” It has also made racist claims such as welfare causes black people to “rut like rabbits.”
In essence, the AFA’s logic seems to be that because the SPLC is pro-gay it must therefore mean that “Mix It Up” is about turning kids gay. There’s just no other explanation — except that the AFA has another agenda.
I give you this little addendum to the AFA’s above screed:
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.
You’ll remember the Family Research Council shooting and how some mainstream media pundits sided with the FRC about how the Southern Poverty Law Center shouldn’t have labelled them a hate group. You’ll also remember how the FRC and related groups wasted no time in playing the victim card and summarily began banging on about the SPLC at every given opportunity.
Here’s the thing. The FRC, like the AFA, is designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center because they are hate groups — they fudge facts and make outrageous claims against the LGBT community and mostly anyone that doesn’t fit their agenda.
The SPLC’s reasons for these designations are plentiful and robust, and are documented on the SPLC website.
Keeping that in mind, the AFA urging people to oppose Mix It Up lest (gasp!) their kids come in contact with a gay person, and pretending they have proof that this is an SPLC plan to “indoctrinate” children when there is no evidence to back up that claim, probably isn’t the best way to convince us the AFA, and by extension the FRC for that matter, aren’t hate groups.