Singer Chely Wright was shocked by Bryan Fischer's claim of a gay agenda in Mix It Up at Lunch Day, which encourages schoolchildren to eat lunch with someone they normally might not.

The 11-year-old program is sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center and more than 2,500 schools participate.

Fischer, host of the American Family Association (AFA) sponsored radio show Focal Point, told The New York Times that the AFA was encouraging parents to keep their children home from school on October 30.

In an e-mail to members, the AFA called the project “a nationwide push to promote the homosexual lifestyle in public schools.”

In an appearance on cabler Current's So That Happened, Wright, who is openly gay, called Fischer's latest attack shocking.

“I'm always a little bit shocked,” Wright told host John Fugelsang. “I've grown used to knowing that there are people out there who say such hateful things. But just seeing it and hearing it daily from somebody that has such a platform. … It always kind of knocks the wind out of me a little bit.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

Fischer's anti-gay rhetoric was challenged during a CNN appearance to discuss his group's concerns with the 1-day event, leading to a sudden ending of the interview.