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Contact: Deborah Hamilton, Hamilton Strategies, 215.815.7716
October 24, 2013
American Family Association: Why Won’t The Army Tell Us The Truth?
AFA Says That Ultimatums Being Given To Soldiers Re: AFA Are Anti-Christian, Insidious and Systemic

Soldiers attending a pre-deployment briefing at Fort Hood say they were told that evangelical Christians and members of the Tea Party were a threat to the nation and that any soldier donating to those groups would be subjected to punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The American Family Association is on a hate group list that the Army uses from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).Link to article. 

Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association, questions the motives and even more so, questions the directives being given to U.S. Army personnel as they single out evangelical Christians, conservatives and specifically, the American Family Association. 

Wildmon states, “Why does the military find it necessary to lie to us about the training they are conducting and about using the Southern Poverty Law Center’s hate group list? I would have much more respect if they were straightforward with us and said, ‘Yes, we are using the SPLC list to target hate groups and AFA is on that list – got a problem with that?’ It’s very transparent that this is a systemic problem throughout the military and we plan to get to the bottom of it, find out who actually ordered the SPLC list to be used and then, out of the 1,000 groups listed, who decided to single out American Family Association.  

In the same way that the IRS has targeted the Tea Party and conservative Christians, the military has a bulls eye on us because we are considered enemies of the Obama administration.” 

Earlier last week, when a spokesman for AFA contacted Troy Rolan with the U.S. Army, Rolan in essence stated that this case was closed, that the Army would not be talking with the news media and that the statement they issued would answer all questions. 

For more information on American Family Association, visit www.afa.net. 

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To interview a representative from American Family Association, contact Deborah Hamilton at dhamilton@hamiltonstrategies.com, 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096. 

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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