Another nonsensical group of hateful Americans reared their ugly head this past week causing over 200 schools to pull out of a great cause.
Mix It Up Lunch Day was started by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a non profit organization fighting bigotry. Known for fighting and exposing hate groups, the SPLC came up with Mix It Up as a way to break down social barriers in school. The day encourages students to talk to and associate with kids and groups they wouldn’t normally socialize with. We all know from experience how clique students and kids alike can be, and the group promotes this day in the hopes of decreasing bullying in the long run, and promoting tolerance.
The American Family Association (these group’s names just infuriate me) have emailed families and schools alike, begging parents to keep their kids home from school on October 30th, the day of Mix It Up, saying that the day promotes homosexual lifestyle, a blatant and twisted lie.
Bryan Fischer, a director for the AFA said this:
“Anti-bullying legislation is exactly the same. It’s just another thinly veiled attempt to promote the homosexual agenda. No one is in favor of anyone getting bullied for any reason, but these anti-bullying policies become a mechanism for punishing Christian students who believe that homosexual behavior is not something that should be normalized.”
And now you can get angry. Looking at that statement itself shows not only an intense hypocrisy, confusing sentences to make their cause seem not only legitimate, but justified, but the sheer intolerance of not only the LGBT students and community, but greater still, undermining anti-bullying legislation, is disgusting. This is the kind of thing that has now put the American Family Association on the SPLC’s list of hate groups with neo-nazis and black separatists.
Not that she needs to, but Maureen Costello, a director for the SPLC has tried to clarify the cause of the day itself, calling it for what it was, a “cynical fear-mongering tactic“. So why have 200 schools cancelled said day? Only one school, the Chattahoochee County Education Center, responded to the NY Times request for a statement on the issue, saying that although they support diversity, teacher’s were just too busy with regularly scheduled duties: a weak and thinly veiled excuse if one was ever heard.
Although not necessarily an LGBT issue, I think a lot of people in my area of the world still have the tragic story of Amanda Todd fresh in their heads, and many other cases of suicide due to bullying will be in the forefront of people’s thoughts for a lot of other areas of the country and world. Any call to decrease bullying and educate tolerance in schools should always, point blank, be seen as a positive, and the AFA is a disgusting group taking two steps back when children and teenagers are dying.