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 OneNewsNow.com,
an online news provider that is syndicated around the world. AFA maintains
activist web sites such as OneMillionMoms.com and OneMillionDads.com 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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