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September 27, 2013
American Family Association: “We commend Barilla for its stand”

Guido Barilla, who leads the world’s largest pasta maker, has angered homosexual activists by declaring that he will only portray the “classic family” in company advertisements. Said Barilla, “For us the concept of the sacred family remains one of the basic values of the company.” As a result, groups advocating for special rights based on homosexual behavior have launched a boycott of the Barilla brand.

American Family Association president, Tim Wildmon, responded with the following statement: 

"We commend Barilla for its stand in support of natural marriage. The best in social research confirms what Scripture and common sense tell us: the best nurturing environment for children is in a home where they are being raised by a mom and a dad. Instead of boycotting Barilla, Americans who care about kids ought to be buying Barilla." 

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American Family Association (AFA) a non-profit 501(c3) organization was founded in 1977 by Donald E. Wildmon, who was pastoring First United Methodist Church in Southaven, Mississippi, at the time.  Since 1977, AFA has been on the frontlines of America’s culture war. The original name of the ministry was National Federation for Decency but was changed to American Family Association (AFA) in 1988. Today, AFA is one of the largest and most effective pro-family organizations in the country with over two million online supporters and approximately 180,000 paid subscribers to the AFA Journal, the ministry's monthly magazine. In addition, AFA owns and operates nearly 200 radio stations across the country under the American Family Radio (AFR) banner. 

Other divisions of AFA include American Family Radio, the AFA Foundation and, an online news provider that is syndicated around the world. AFA maintains activist web sites such as and that rally Christian activists to contact companies asking them to drop their advertising from objectionable TV shows. AFA web sites average over 40 million hits and five million visitors each month. AFA uses all these means to communicate an outspoken, resolute, Christian voice throughout America. 

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