This is the shit that makes me nuts.
I know: I should no longer be surprised at the bat-shit crazy that comes out of the American Family Association, yet I am. According to the New York Times, the small minded bigots there have taken on the incredibly benign and adorable “Mix it Up at Lunch Day” wherein kids are encouraged to talk to kids outside of their social circles as a way to combat bullying.
Sounds sweet and adorable, right? Maybe a bit on the pollyanna side – I mean, one day of talking to each other isn’t really likely to cure all bullying – but certainly benign. But apparently the American Family Association is at odds with the people BEHIND the project – the civil rights organization the Southern Poverty Law Center.
So their response? On their site (which I link to only to prove their quote):
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…
See if your school is on the list. If it is, a simple phone call or letter to school administrators telling them your child will not attend school on October 30 may be enough to cause some participating schools to change their plans to sponsor, endorse, or promote “Mix It Up” day.
What does Tolerance.org – the creators of Mix It Up day – actually say about the 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.
So I ask you: where the FUCK do they talk about promoting homosexuality?
The New York Times tries to make sense of this, but only highlights the utter fucking hysterica of the American Family Association who is not only opposed to Mix It Up at Lunch Day but ANY anti-bullying efforts.
“Anti-bullying legislation is exactly the same,” Mr. Fischer said. “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.”
As we head into the last few weeks of the election season and the race is tied up tightly I hear about things like this and despair, mightily. It’s hard to feel hopeful about moving our country forward when attempts to stop bullying of kids – something that has gotten much worse lately, particularly with the saturation of social media – are declared to really be about promoting gayness.
Look: I don’t want Christian kids to be harassed for wanting to say grace before lunch, either. That is completely their right and should be protected. But so should gay kids, disabled kids, and those kids that are quieter or poorer or different looking than the rest of the kids.
I call bullshit on the American Family Association, AGAIN. I find this so disappointing.