One of the nation's oldest organizations founded to protect and defend blacks during the civil rights era has become one of the leading advocates for homosexual rights and is promoting "mix it up" day in over 2,400 public and private schools on Oct. 30.
The Southern Poverty Law Center began the program in 2002 as a way to encourage children to break through racial barriers and accept different lifestyles, including homosexuality.
According to the group's website, "SPLC is a nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry. Founded in 1971, SPLC is known for investigating and exposing hate group activities throughout the world. They focus on widespread issues of social injustice including children at risk, hate and extremism, immigrant justice, and LGBT rights. But they go a step beyond fighting hate and seeking justice for the vulnerable. The SPLC conducts one of the nation's leading programs for teaching tolerance."
Initially designed as a "Teaching Tolerance" program, the organization claims they are reaching hundreds of thousands of student annually about not only the civil rights movement, but what they term the "struggle for social justice," often associated with the legalization of same-sex marriage and other activities of the pro-homosexual movement.
Elementary and junior high schools are the ones mostly targeted by SPLC.
Although nothing is taught in the classroom, SPLC is using school lunch periods to promote the ten-year- old program. "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."
However, groups such as the American Family Association are warning parents to check and see if their children's school is on the list. According to SPLC, there are over 2,418 schools worldwide that are on the list, including some Catholic schools such as St. Dominic School for Boys in Memphis, Tenn.
AFA is encouraging parents to contact their schools to confirm if they are participating in the program, and if so, protest the school's participation by voicing concern to administrators and elected school board members. But if those efforts fall short, they also encourage parents to keep their children out of school that day.
"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," reads a statement on the association's website. "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."
SPLC, which has become known for their "Hate list," has included AFA, along with the Family Research Council and others on the list. SPLC has the following statement about AFA and its founder, Don Wildmon, on its website:
"Wildmon has never made a secret of his anti-LGBT views. One of his statements on the AFA's website reads, 'I never dreamed I would see the day when sodomy would be called normal, and those who held to traditional values based on Christian teaching would be called bigots.' According to the AFA, the primary goal of the 'homosexual movement' is to 'abolish the traditional, Judeo-Christian view of human sexuality, marriage, and family.'"