Christian Group: Keep Your Kids Out of School Before They Catch the Gay

When it’s the Day of Silence, the Illinois Family Institute and other conservative groups encourage Christian parents to pull their children out of school for the day. Because keep your kids from getting an education is the best way to fight back against wicked tolerance…

Now, the American Family Association is urging parents to keep their kids home for another reason: Mix It Up at Lunch Day, a day when students are encouraged to break free from their usual social circles and have lunch with students they don’t normally associate with.

Why is that so wrong? Because, to the AFA, sitting at lunch with kids who are from different faith backgrounds, or different cultures, or different races, or different sexual orientations is all part of a grand scheme to treat everyone with respect.

Can’t have that now, can we?

On, Tuesday, October 30, over two thousand schools across the nation will be observing “Mix It Up” (MIT) 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.

AFA is joining other family-oriented groups in urging parents to keep their children at home that day if their local school is sponsoring the “Mix It Up” project.

The 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.

Who knew that encouraging students to talk to each other was secretly a plot to bully and silence conservative Christians?

(Also, how did Mix It Up turn into MIT? I guess that’s what happens when you stay home from school one too many days…)

I would love to know how AFA staffers function in the real world. Really, I would. Do they flip out when teachers put students into groups to work on problems? Can they handle the fact that some of the people they have to associate with on a daily basis — teachers, cashiers, cops — are gay or non-religious or of a different race? Do they really want to live in a world where being kind and respectful to other people is something worth protesting?

On a personal note, I think the “Mix It Up” idea is fantastic. When I was in high school, I remember a project a few students from a humanities class did. They hung signs above the lunch tables in our cafeteria that read: “Jocks,” “Nerds,” “Band kids,” “Cheerleaders,” etc. The point was that all students had a reputation (for better or worse), they all sat in the same locations every day, everyone knew who they were, and they rarely strayed from their cliques.

Anything that messes with the middle school and high school social hierarchy, even temporarily, is a teachable moment. There’s no reason to fear it. Just because kids show respect to other people doesn’t mean you’ll somehow get any less of it.

(via Joe. My. God.)

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