The American Family Association, which is a Christian organization, recently emailed members urging them to keep their children out of school during Oct. 30 because of an anti-bullying event, 'Mix It Up For Lunch Day,' which was organized by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The American Family Association executive director and radio host Bryan Fischer (pictured) accused the event of promoting "the homosexual agenda," reports the New York Times.
Fischer wrote in the email: “Anti-bullying legislation is exactly the same. It’s just another thinly veiled attempt to promote the homosexual agenda. No one is in favor of anyone getting bullied for any reason, but these anti-bullying policies become a mechanism for punishing Christian students who believe that homosexual behavior is not something that should be normalized."
Since the email went out, 200 of the 2,500 schools taking part in 'Mix It Up For Lunch Day' have opted out, according to the New York Times.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, which does support equal rights for LGBT people, said the event encourages students to eat lunch with people outside their usual social groups and is not aimed at gays.
Maureen Costello, who heads the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance project, which organized the event, told the New York Times: “I was surprised that they completely lied about what Mix It Up Day is. It was a cynical, fear-mongering tactic.”