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|Students: The new front in the 'culture wars'|
|by Ryan Watkins|
|October 16, 2012 13:29|
Schools around the country will participate in “Mix It Up At Lunch Day” on Oct. 30. Students are encouraged to talk to other students they would not normally connect with during the day to make new friends outside of their comfort zone.
Originally organized by the Southern Poverty Law Center to combat bullying in school, the day is now the target of a planned protest by the American Family Association, which calls the day a “program designed specifically by SPCL to establish the acceptance of homosexuality into public schools, including elementary and junior high schools.”
The AMA is urging parents to keep their children home on “Mix It Up” day and is also calling on parents to contact their child's school if it is listed as one of the official participants.
Schools in more than 15 Georgia counties, including most of metro Atlanta, have signed on to participate. Click here to see if your school is listed.
“Mix It Up” day follows National Coming Out Day, which was held Oct. 11.
Conservative pundit and not-so-friend-of-the-family Ann Coulter recently sounded off on National Coming Out Day with a hate-filled messages posted to the social networking site Twitter:
Coulter's post has caused a firestorm of negative backlash in the Twitterverse. Hundreds of users have replied directly to her post to call her out for the insensitive message. It's not her first run-in with LGBT rights supporters, though. The Walking Dead zombie look-alike has a long history of insensitive anti-gay comments.
I guess Coulter forgot why “It Gets Better” and anti-bullying measures have taken a front seat in the last few years. Our kids are killing themselves, literally, and comments like this do nothing to help put a stop to the epidemic.
Meanwhile, Friday is Spirit Day, when you are encouraged to wear purple to protest anti-LGBT and other forms of bullying.
Top photo: Conservative pundit Ann Coulter takes a break from playing a zombie on AMC's The Walking Dead to bash National Coming Out Day (via anncoulter.com)
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