A national civil rights group that is known for its advocacy of the homosexual lifestyle is promoting its annual âMix It Upâ tolerance day to elementary schools.
On Tuesday, October 30th, over 2,000 public and private schools across the United States are scheduled to participate in an observance spearheaded by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which begins at, but is not limited to, lunchtime. It focuses on encouraging youth to meet up with and affirm those who are different from them, not only persons of various races and ethnicities, but also those who are openly homosexual.
âMix It Upâ is part of the organizationâs âTeaching Toleranceâ program.
âOur Teaching Tolerance program is working to foster school environments that are inclusive and nurturing â classrooms where equality and justice are not just taught, but lived. The program points to the future, helping teachers prepare a new generation to live in a diverse world,â outlines the Southern Poverty Law Centerâs website. âAs one of the nationâs leading providers of anti-bias education resources, we reach hundreds of thousands of educators and millions of students annually through our award-winning Teaching Tolerance magazine, multimedia teaching kits, online curricula, professional development resources like our Teaching Diverse Students Initiative and special projects like Mix It Up at Lunch Day.â
During âMix It Upâ day, teachers are urged to speak to their students about tolerance. The Southern Poverty Law Center is providing resources and activities that can be implemented at each grade level. For instance, for grades K-2, the organization has activity ideas outlined for teachers under a program called âItâs Okay to Feel Different.â Students will learn about the meaning of the words âdifferenceâ and âdiversity,â among others. Teachers are also encouraged to read aloud the Itâs Okay to Be Different childrenâs book written by Todd Carr, which is designed to âhelp students understand what diversity means and how it applies to them.â
On its website, the Southern Poverty Law Center lists the over 2,000 schools that are said to be participating in the upcoming effort. However, according to reports, some schools have been shocked to find their name included unaware.
âMany school administrators were offended to learn that their school was listed as a participating school on the SPLC website and ordered it removed immediately,â states the American Family Association. âIn some cases, students or teachers independently signed the school up without approval, leaving principals and superintendents unprepared for phone calls from concerned parents.â
The organization has been working to alert parents nationwide about the upcoming observance and to ensure that their child does not participate.
âAFA is joining other family-oriented groups in urging parents to keep their children at home that day if their local school is sponsoring the âMix It Upâ project,â it states. âThe Southern Poverty Law Center is using this project to bully-push its gay agenda, and at the same time, intimidate and silence students who have a Biblical view of homosexuality.â
âSee if your school is on the list,â the American Family Association continues. âIf 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 âMix It Upâ day. â
A list of participating schools may be viewed here.
The Southern Poverty Law Center has been working in other aspects of society as well to silence what it believes is bigotry and hatred against homosexuality. It says that it âmonitors hate groups and other extremists throughout the United States and exposes their activities to law enforcement agencies, the media and the public.â Over 1,000 entities have been placed on its âhate groupâ list, including a number of Christian and pro-family groups, such as Focus on the Family and Family Research Council.