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October 8, 2013
The SPLC’s Shameless Attack on AFA and the Values Voter Summit

This statement by Tim Wildmon, President of the American Family Association, is being issued in response to a press release that the Southern Poverty Law Center has distributed to media saying that members of Congress should not speak at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. this week due to the “extremism” of the American Family Association and Family Research Council: 

Mr. Wildmon states, “The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has long been discredited as a source of information about discrimination of any sort. In fact, the SPLC itself has become an agent of hate by mindlessly and recklessly stirring up animosity against Americans who share the Christian values of the Founders. For instance, the individual who shot up the offices of the Family Research Council last year was guided by a map provided to him by the SPLC. 

“The SPLC was exposed last spring by the Weekly Standard as a shameless fund-raising scam, using innuendo, lies and manufactured charges to accumulate a $256 million stockpile in offshore accounts in the Caribbean. One of the leading charity watchdogs has given them a “D” grade as a result. 

“The SPLC has taken snippets of comments of American Family Association personnel, ripped them out of their context, distorted their meaning, and then used these snippets to paint a false picture of the AFA. 

“The truth is that the American Family Association doesn’t hate anyone. We love everyone, including homosexuals, enough to tell them the truth about the moral, spiritual and physical dangers of homosexual conduct. Disagreement about the normalizing of homosexual behavior is not hate; it is simply disagreement. 

“The AFA stands proudly for the values that made America the greatest, freest and most prosperous nation on earth: Christian faith, the moral standards of the Ten Commandments, marriage and the family, and public policy centered in the unchanging standards of Scripture.” 



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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