American Family Association Shows Why It Is A Hate Group

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.


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Winn Adams
Winn A5 years ago

Very sad to instill hate in these kids.

Tamara r Pearlman

The Southern Poverty Law Center is a good group. They care about people's rights when disregard stands on every street corner. Sits on the bench as elected or appointed judicial officials. This was an eye-opening read and I am glad that this exposure came to the forefront. Awareness is change. I agree with a statement made above by Carol R. that our children are going to meet all types of people in their lives. Just because someone does not hold up to the parents of these children standards does not make intolerance correct. Our schools need to reinforce, that tolerance, acceptance and love are the way to live one's life. After all that was Jesus' message to his followers. Bullying is a negative end to a situation and should not be tolerated by teachers, parents or anyone else involved in a youth's life. The buck stops with grown ups setting the right example. And, America is hurting due to lack of acceptable adult leadership.

Carol R.
Carol Reom5 years ago

Children are going to meet all sorts of people in their life times. What better time to learn that not all people are carbon copies of one another and that all need love and respect for who they are. You don't separate children because they have red hair or short or tall or big feet. It's the adults in their lives who are trying to separate the kids and make some unacceptable. That ends up being cruel and mean. Hate is like a contagious disease and can spread uncontrolled and brings along it's ugly brother fear. With fear and hate your world grows smaller and smaller and you fail to grow mentally and spiritually. If you are not growing and learning in this life time why are you here?

Joan S.
JC S5 years ago

So sad and my guess is that they too oppose the actual reason for the Mix it Up day. Better to keep everyone separate and afraid of others that way it's much easier to manipulate them.

Leia P.
Leia P.5 years ago


Kathleen Pfeiffer

AFA and their ilk abuse the name of Christ to shield them from proper charges of bigotry and hate. They are disgusting. Children SHOULD get to know others out of their normal comfort zone....not only gay kids and bi kids but kids from other cultures, skin colors, national backgrounds, religions and so on. Getting to know one another is the first step in understanding. Understanding leads to peaceful co-existence and widens our perceptions. I think we should ALL "Mix it up" every chance we get..not just the kids!

Susan T.
Susan T5 years ago

The best way to generate donations coming in is by frightening people, playing on their uncertainties or fears and convincing them that they are THREATENED - their way of life, their family etc. That's what AFA is trading on.

They are a hate group.

JACarlton Author
jill c5 years ago

too bad some "fed up to here with bigotry" vigilante won't do what vigilante's do and expose these hate mongers to the light of day... preferably from the inside... out!

and Elaine A. stop shouting, nobody's listening.

Heidi R.
Past Member 5 years ago

I don't understand what constitutes a family for the AFA. Is it only a man / woman and 2.4 children? It's always sad for the 0.4th child.

Lynn Squance
Lynn Squance5 years ago

AFA & FRC = bigotry and xenophobia!

In this shrinking world, there is no room for bigotry and xenophobia!