Mix It Up and the AFA

Earlier this week, a group called the American Family Association (AFA) launched an email attack on Teaching Tolerance's Mix It Up program, calling it an effort to indoctrinate elementary and junior high school children into the "homosexual lifestyle." The AFA included a link to our Mix It Up map and urged people to call school principals to demand that schools drop out of Mix. They also suggested threatening to keep children home from school on Oct. 30. 

Describing Mix this way is an out-and-out lie. As educators know, Mix It Up is a simple effort to get students to break through social boundaries and make new friends. Each school sets its own agenda, makes its own plans and chooses its own theme. Last year, over 3,000 schools participated in the program without incident. (You can check out some of the great Mix success stories here.) 

None of that seems to matter to the AFA, a group that specializes in demonizing the LGBT community and stirring up hate. Incredibly, the AFA has linked homosexuality to the Holocaust, saying, "Homosexuality gave us Adolph Hitler, and homosexuals in the military gave us the Brown Shirts, the Nazi war machine and six million dead Jews." It has also made racist claims such as welfare causes black people to "rut like rabbits." 

We urge you as an educator to stand strong against the bullies at the AFA. If there's any way we can help, please email us at mixitup@splcenter.org. We're here to support you because we know you're there to support your students. 

Citations:

Bryan Fischer, chief spokesperson for the American Family Association, writes, “Homosexuality gave us Adolph Hitler, and homosexuals in the military gave us the Brown Shirts, the Nazi war machine and 6 million dead Jews.”
Source: Bryan Fischer, “Homosexuality, Hitler and ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’” May 27, 2010. www.afa.net/Blogs/BlogPost.aspx?id=2147494882

Bryan Fischer writes that black people “rut like rabbits.”
Source: www.rightwingwatch.org/content/fisher-goes-too-far-blog-post-changed-remove-rut-rabbits-comment