Anti-Bullying Program: Mix it Up At Lunch Day (a Gay Conspiracy)?

If you read the headlines over the weekend or today, you might have noticed the American Family Association campaigning against the Southern Poverty Law Center’s anti-bullying program taking place in schools during this month, because supposedly the Mix It Up At Lunch Day encourages “normalizing” homosexual behavior. So, what is Mix It Up at Lunch Day? Here’s a snippet from the SPLC’s website about it being a program designed to essentially encourage breaking away from cliques and sitting with peers who they haven’t sat with before during lunch:

Hmmm….do you see the conspiracy? Nope? Here’s what the AFA has to say about mix It Up Day- and the gay conspiracy behind the campaign:

In addition Bryan Fischer, Director of the AFA has this to say: “The reality is we are not a hate group. We are a truth group. We tell the truth about homosexual behavior.”

Oh so they tell the truth? According to Gawker they’ve said this in the past about not just LGBT people, but also Muslims:

That doesn’t seem like the truth to me….nope, in fact that seems like a lot of malicious hate.

I’m even more disturbed that this right-wing bigoted group was able to convince schools to cancel their anti-bullying day period.

“By Friday, about 200 schools had canceled, Ms. Costello said. But exactly why was unclear. Of 20 schools that had canceled and were contacted by The New York Times, only one chose to comment.” –Christian Group Finds Gay Agenda in an Anti-Bullying Day, New York Times Article

Well you can pretty much guess why these schools cancelled their anti-bullying programing…

Why is this disturbing because, Recent School Bullying and Cyberbullying Statistics Show That:

  • 1 out of 4 kids are Bullied.
  • 77% of students are bullied mentally, verbally, & physically. Cyberbullying statistics are rapidly approaching similar numbers, with 43% experiencing cyberbullying.

  • Of the 77% of students that said they had been bullied, 14% of those who were bullied said they experienced severe (bad) reactions to the abuse.
  • 1 in 5 students admit to being a bully, or doing some “Bullying.”
  • Each day 160,000 students miss school for fear of being bullied.

  • 43% of kids fear harassment in the bathroom at school.
  • 100,000 students carry a gun to school.
  • 28% of youths who carry weapons have witnessed violence at home.
  • 282,000 students are physically attacked in secondary schools each month.

  • More youth violence occurs on school grounds as opposed to on the way to school.
  • Playground school bullying statistics – Every 7 minutes a child is bullied. Adult intervention – 4%. Peer intervention – 11%. No intervention – 85%.

Statistics from Ambassadors For Kids Club

Those FACTS about bullying don’t just include gay kids or kids who are in the closet- these bullying facts include EVERYONE. For schools to allow groups like the AFA to have such power with their smear campaigns (aka verbal bullying tactics) that leads influencing public and private school officials to cancel important, positive and possibly transformational non-violent anti-bullying programming is mind-boggling to me! Rant!

What’s even more disturbing than even those facts about bullying in the U.S. is that these AFA and like-minded groups are basically stating through these campaigns ‘we want to keep our right to bully whether violently or mentally LGBT youth and adults’. They’ve completely demonized LGBT people, and it’s a failure on our part to give them the gleeful satisfaction of seeing their hatred produce results, by schools canceling anti-bullying days, instead of standing up to this bigotry. In essence, by canceling the anti-bullying programming school officials are supporting the bullies- and AFA being the most obvious one.

What can you do about this? Call your youth’s school to show support for the anti-bullying programming! That would be one step in the right direction.

Advertisements

3 responses to “Anti-Bullying Program: Mix it Up At Lunch Day (a Gay Conspiracy)?

  1. Thank you for writing this article! Although I do like to keep up to date on anti-bullying movements, I didn’t not know about this specific instance of apparent homophobia. I agree with Richelle; why must such a wonderful, beneficial program be thwarted when Mix-it up Day is about making everyone feel welcome, not just homosexuals (who the AFA are so keenly focused on)?

  2. Bless you, Interfaith Youth Activist.

    I think the AFA’s deeper and hidden objection here is across-the-board racism, but it’s un-PC (even in church) to say that you don’t like Black or Latin or Jewish or Asian people, so they go after what the Christian parent is still petrified of and what’s still acceptable to discuss: talking to or being nice to an LGBTQ youth will MAKE YOUR CHILD GAY.

    “Gay people don’t actually try to convert people. That’s Jehovah’s Witnesses you’re thinking of.” ― Hero Tina Fey, Bossypants

What do you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s