“Mix It Up at Lunch Day” is a national program that asks school kids to eat lunch with someone they don’t normally speak to.
The day, which is Oct. 30, was created by the Southern Poverty Law Center 11 years ago and now has more than 2,500 schools involved.
Maureen Costello, the director of the center’s Teaching Tolerance project, says the idea of the day is to break up cliques and prevent bullying.
But “the American Family Association, , a conservative evangelical group, has called the project ‘a nationwide push to promote the homosexual lifestyle in public schools’ and is urging parents to keep their children home from school on Oct. 30, the day most of the schools plan to participate this year.”
The group sent an email that has caused several schools to cancel this year.
“The swirl around Mix It Up at Lunch Day reflects a deeper battle between the Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil-rights group founded 41 years ago in Montgomery, Ala., and the American Family Association, a Bible-based cultural watchdog organization in Tupelo, Miss. The association says its mission is to fight what it calls the “increasing ungodliness” in America.
The law center recently added the group to its national list of active hate groups, which also includes neo-Nazis, black separatists and holocaust deniers….”
“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.”
“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.”
So what do you think? Is there any justification to cancelling the day? Any veiled agenda or just trying to make kids meet other kids and be nice to each other?