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American Family Association
Type: Christian right organization
Founded: 1977 by Rev. Donald Wildmon
Location: Flag of the United States Tupelo, Mississippi, USA
Key people: Tim Wildmon, President
Website: www.AFA.net

The American Family Association (AFA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes conservative Christian values. It was founded in 1977 by Rev. Donald Wildmon as the National Federation for Decency and is headquartered in Tupelo, Mississippi. Wildmon serves as AFA chairman; his son, Tim Wildmon, is AFA president.[1] The organization defines itself as "a Christian organization promoting the biblical ethic of decency in American society with primary emphasis on TV and other media."[2][3] Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Pope · Archbishop of Canterbury Patriarch of Constantinople Christianity Portal This box:      The term Christian Right is used... Donald E. Wildmon, born 18 January 1938 in Dumas, Mississippi, is the founder and chairman of the American Family Association. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Tupelo (IPA: [tu:pÉ™lo]) is the largest city and county seat within Lee County, Mississippi. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Tim Wildmon is the president of American Family Association. ... 501(c)(3) is a provision of the US tax code that provides exempt status, for Federal income tax purposes, for some non-profit organizations in the United States (see 26 U.S.C. Â§ 501(c)(3)). The term refers to: Section 501. ... A non-profit organization (abbreviated NPO, or non-profit or not-for-profit) is an organization whose primary objective is to support an issue or matter of private interest or public concern for non-commercial purposes, without concern for monetary profit. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Donald E. Wildmon, born 18 January 1938 in Dumas, Mississippi, is the founder and chairman of the American Family Association. ... Tupelo (IPA: [tu:pÉ™lo]) is the largest city and county seat within Lee County, Mississippi. ... Tim Wildmon is the president of American Family Association. ...

Contents

Beliefs and goals

The AFA's mission statement is, "The American Family Association exists to motivate and equip citizens to change the culture to reflect Biblical truth."


On the organization's website, the AFA states its belief that the Bible contains the absolute truth of God and is the authority to which all men are divinely judged. "[A] culture based on Biblical truth best serves the well-being of our country, in accordance with the vision of our founding fathers."[4] This Gutenberg Bible is displayed by the United States Library. ... This article discusses the term God in the context of monotheism and henotheism. ...


The AFA advocates what it considers to be conservative family values and focuses on addressing the influence of media. The AFA is actively involved in multiple issues, including: This article is about family values as a political concept. ...

The Church in America: AFA emphasizes the benefits of attendance at church to encourage community, and discourages televised religion.
Culture and society: AFA encourages the consideration of mentorship and morality in culture.
Education: The AFA is concerned about maintaining and enhancing Christian values in education.
Entertainment industry: The AFA sees the entertainment industry as playing, "a major role in the decline of those values on which our country was founded and which keep a society and its families strong and healthy."[1]
Marriage and family: AFA emphasizes the need for what it considers strong family values, and responsible parenting skills.
Gambling: AFA views gambling as an "indecent” influence in American culture.
Homosexual agenda: AFA believes that a "homosexual agenda" will lead to excessive social and economic costs, and discriminates against people of any religion that does not agree with equal rights for homosexuals.
Money and finance
Pornography: AFA are concerned about obscenity issues, the rise of online pornography and the possible consequences to crime, marriage, and the family.
Pro-life issues: AFA believes legal abortion is an "indecent” influence in American culture.

The AFA pursues these issues through a number of activism efforts, including publications on the organization’s various web sites or in the AFA Journal; broadcasts on American Family Radio, a national network of radio stations; lobbying[5]and legal efforts by the AFA Center for Law and Policy, and boycotts.[6][7] This article is about the political effort. ... Look up Boycott in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Activism

The AFA has a long history of activism by organizing its members in boycotts and letter-writing campaigns aimed at promoting socially conservative values in the United States. The AFA has promoted boycotts of a large number of television shows, movies, and businesses that have promoted what the group considers indecency or homosexuality. In addition to promoting activism via mail to AFA members, 3.4 million subscribers receive AFA "Action Alerts" via e-mail regarding AFA sponsored activism.[8] Activism, in a general sense, can be described as intentional action to bring about social or political change. ... A dictionary definition of Indecent not conforming with accepted standards of behaviour or morality. ... Homosexuality refers to sexual interaction and / or romantic attraction between individuals of the same sex. ...


Boycotts

As of July 2007, the AFA is promoting a boycott of Movie Gallery for distributing pornographic videos[9] and is promoting a boycott of Ford Motor Company for, according to Donald Wildmon, "redefining family to include homosexual marriage; to giving hundreds of thousands of dollars to support homosexual groups and their agenda; to forcing managers to attend diversity training on how to promote the acceptance of homosexuality; to sponsoring a commitment ceremony -- that is, 'marriage'; to sponsoring 'gay pride' parades."[10] Look up Boycott in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Ford Motor Company is an American multinational corporation and the worlds third largest automaker based on worldwide vehicle sales. ...


The AFA has promoted boycotts of Kmart for the "sale of adult-rated music CDs", and Nike for supporting Domestic partnerships in Oregon by endorsing the Oregon Family Fairness Act.[11] This page is about boycott as a form of protest. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Nike, Inc. ... As unregistered cohabitation Recognised in some regions Recognised prior to legalisation of same-sex marriage Netherlands (nationwide) (1998) Spain (12 of 17 communities) (1998) South Africa (nationwide) (1999) Belgium (nationwide) (2000) Canada (QC, NS and MB) (2001) Recognition debated See also Same-sex marriage Registered partnership Domestic partnership Common-law...


In 2005, AFA boycotted the company American Girl, seller of dolls and accessories, because the computer supported the chairty Girls, Inc.,[12] and Target for its lack of the word "Christmas" in its advertising.[13] American Girl (formerly Pleasant Company) is a company currently owned by Mattel that makes 18 dolls for girls ages eight and up. ... Girls, Inc. ... This article is about the United States retail company. ... Christmas is an annual holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus. ...


The AFA has also launched specific boycotts against Procter & Gamble, Crest, Volkswagen, Wal-Mart, Tide, Clorox, Pampers, Microsoft, Burger King, Carl's Jr., Kraft Foods, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Old Navy, NutriSystem, MTV, IKEA,[14] Sears,[15] S. C. Johnson & Son, and American Airlines.[16][17] Procter & Gamble Co. ... Tube of Crest Crest is a brand of toothpaste made by Procter & Gamble which is now on the market in many countries, such as the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and France. ... Volkswagen AG (ISIN: DE0007664005), or VW, is an automobile manufacturer based in Wolfsburg, Germany. ... Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. ... Tide logo A display of Tide laundry detergent at a Supermarket Tide is the name of a popular laundry detergent on the market in the United States and Canada. ... Clorox Logo Clorox headquarters The Clorox Company (NYSE: CLX) is a manufacturer of various food and chemical products based in Oakland, California, which is best known for its bleach product, Clorox. ... Pampers is a brand of disposable diaper (or nappy) marketed by Procter & Gamble worldwide. ... Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... Burger King (often abbreviated to BK) is a large international chain of fast food restaurants, predominantly selling burgers, french fries, soft drinks, desserts, and various sandwiches. ... A typical Carls Jr. ... Kraft Foods Inc. ... Mary Kay is a brand of cosmetics sold by Mary Kay, Inc. ... Old Navy is a brand of clothing and chain of stores owned by Gap Inc. ... The Nutrisystem Diet plan is a send you the food diet plan. ... MTV (Music Television) is an American cable television network based in New York City. ... Map of countries with IKEA stores. ... Sears, Roebuck and Company is an American mid-range chain of international department stores, founded by Richard Sears and Alvah Roebuck in the late 19th century. ... S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc. ... American Airlines (AA) is the largest airline in the world in terms of total passengers-miles transported[1] and fleet size [2], and the second-largest airline in the world (behind Air France-KLM) in terms of total operating revenues[3]. A wholly owned subsidiary of the AMR Corporation, the...


Successful boycotts

In 1986, 7-Eleven stopped selling Playboy and Penthouse magazines after a two year boycott by the AFA[18] 7-Eleven is an international franchiser, licensor, and operator of a chain of convenience stores. ... Playboy is an American mens magazine, founded in 1953 by Hugh Hefner and his associates, which has grown into Playboy Enterprises, Inc. ... Penthouse, a mens magazine founded by Bob Guccione, combines urban lifestyle articles and soft-core pornographic pictorials that, in the 1990s, evolved into hardcore. ...


In 1990, Blockbuster Video decided not to stock films that carried the recently introduced NC-17 rating after a boycott from the AFA. Blockbuster video store This article is about the chain of video stores. ... The MPAA film rating system is a system used in the United States and instituted by the Motion Picture Association of America to rate a movie based on its content. ...


In 2003, the AFA with American Decency Association, Focus on the Family, and Citizens for Community Values lobbied and boycotted Abercrombie & Fitch to stop using pornography in its quarterly catalog. In December 2003, Abercrombie & Fitch announced it would not produce any pornographic images or sexually-themed articles after the release of their 2003 Christmas catalog.[19] The American Decency Association is a religious organization. ... The graphic identity of Focus on the Family is intended to recall old time traditional values. ... Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE: ANF), is an American lifestyle brand specializing in Casual Luxury apparel for college students ages 18 through 22. ...


Un-successful boycotts

In 1996, AFA launched a boycott against Walt Disney Company when the company began giving benefits to same-sex employees in domestic partnerships. AFA has claimed Michael Eisner, the CEO of The Disney Company, "was involved in a media group that actively promoted the homosexual agenda" and was pushing the "gay agenda." The AFA ended the unsuccessful nine-year boycott in spring 2005 after Michael Eisner, the former CEO of Disney, departed from the company.[16][20][21] Alternate meanings: Disney (disambiguation) The Walt Disney Company (also known as Disney Enterprises, Inc. ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ...


"Merry Christmas" boycotts

Main article: Christmas controversy

The AFA was one of several conservative organizations which objected to the use of phrases such as "Happy Holidays" and "Seasons Greetings", among others, instead of "Merry Christmas" in catalogs and advertisements. Boycott efforts met with significant success. Present-day controversy revolves around usage of the term holiday in place of Christmas in applicable situations. ...


Legal activism

In March 2004, the AFA filed suit in an attempt to prevent the city of Seattle, Washington from recognizing same-sex marriages “Seattle” redirects here. ... International recognition Civil unions and Domestic partnerships Recognized in some regions Unregistered co-habitation Recognition debated See also Same-sex marriage Civil union Registered partnership Domestic partnership Timeline of same-sex marriage Listings by country This box:      Same-sex marriage is a term for a governmentally, socially, or religiously recognized...


Political activism

In 2000, the AFA failed to persuade Congress to eradicate the National Endowment for the Arts for funding a controversial book One of the Guys, by Robert Clark Young. [22] Congress in Joint Session. ... The National Endowment for the Arts is a United States federally funded program that offers support and funding for projects that exhibit artistic excellence. ... One of the Guys is an earnestly satirical and picaresque novel by Robert Clark Young, published in 1999, concerning the fantastical adventures of a man posing as a chaplain on a U.S. Navy ship which goes berserk and terrorizes a number of ports in the Far East before the... Robert Clark Young (born 1960) is an American author of novels, essays, and short stories. ...


On November 28, 2006, following the election of Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to the United States Congress,[23] the AFA released an "Action Alert." The Action Alert, entitled "A first for America...The Koran replaces the Bible at swearing-in oath: What book will America base it's values on, the Bible or the Koran?", requested subscribers write their Congressional representatives and urge them to create a "law making the Bible the book used in the swearing-in ceremony of representatives and senators."[24][25] is the 332nd day of the year (333rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Keith Maurice Ellison (born August 4, 1963) is an American lawyer and politician who became the first Muslim[1][2] to be elected to the United States Congress when he won the vacant seat for Minnesotas 5th congressional district in the House of Representatives, one of eight congressional districts... There is also a collection of Hadith called Sahih Muslim A Muslim (Arabic: مسلم, Persian: Mosalman or Mosalmon Urdu: مسلمان, Turkish: Müslüman, Albanian: Mysliman, Bosnian: Musliman) is an adherent of the religion of Islam. ... Type Bicameral Houses Senate House of Representatives President of the Senate President pro tempore Dick Cheney, (R) since January 20, 2001 Robert C. Byrd, (D) since January 4, 2007 Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, (D) since January 4, 2007 Members 535 plus 4 Delegates and 1 Resident Commissioner Political... The Quran (Arabic al-qurʾān أَلْقُرآن; also transliterated as Quran, Koran, and less commonly Alcoran) is the holy book of Islam. ... This Gutenberg Bible is displayed by the United States Library. ...


On July 13, 2007, the first Hindu prayers were conducted in the U.S. Senate. Rajan Zed, director of interfaith relations at a Hindu temple, read the prayer at the invitation of Senate majority leader Harry Reid, who defended his invitation based on the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi. AFA sent out an "Action Alert" to its members to e-mail, write letters, or call their Senators to oppose the Hindu prayer, stating it is "seeking the invocation of a non-monotheistic god."[26][27] is the 194th day of the year (195th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... A Hindu ( , Devanagari: हिन्दु), as per modern definition, is an adherent of the philosophies and scriptures of Hinduism, and the religious, philosophical and cultural system that originated in the Indian subcontinent. ... The United States Senate is the upper house of the U.S. Congress, smaller than the United States House of Representatives. ... Rajan Zed is a community activist based in Reno (Nevada, USA). ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures State Courts Counties, Cities, and Towns Other countries Politics Portal      The Senate Majority and Minority Leaders (also called Senate Floor Leaders) are two United States Senators... Harry Mason Reid (born December 2, 1939) is the senior United States Senator from Nevada and a member of the Democratic Party. ... Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Gujarati: , Hindi: , IAST: mohandās karamcand gāndhÄ«, IPA: ) (October 2, 1869 – January 30, 1948), was a major political and spiritual leader of India and the Indian independence movement. ...


"The homosexual agenda"

The AFA believes the bible identifies homosexuality as unnatural and sinful, which guides the AFA's opposition to what they refer to as the "homosexual agenda."[28] The AFA often focuses on homosexual issues and publicizes statements abouts ex-gays, who claim homosexuality is a choice and that it can be changed.[29] This Gutenberg Bible is displayed by the United States Library. ... Homosexuality refers to sexual interaction and / or romantic attraction between individuals of the same sex. ... The homosexual agenda (or the gay agenda) is a term used by some social conservatives to describe the goal of increasing LGBT acceptance through public policies, media exposure, and cultural change. ... The ex-gay or exodus movement claims that homosexuals can become heterosexual or otherwise leave homosexuality behind through counselling, prayer, and other therapies if they choose to do so. ...


In 2000, Vice president Tim Wildmon spoke out against gay-straight alliance clubs in schools, stating, "We view these kinds of clubs as an advancement of the homosexual cause."[30] In 2004, the AFA raised concerns about the movie Shark Tale because the group believed the movie was designed to promote the acceptance of gay rights by children.[31] The pride flag, news articles, and flyers for social events on this high school bulletin board represent the diverse support and advocacy purposes that GSAs serve. ... Shark Tale is an Academy Award-nominated computer-animated film produced by DreamWorks Animation, and released in 2004. ...


On the October 11, 2005, AFA broadcast, Tim Wildmon agreed with a caller that cable networks like Animal Planet and HGTV featured "evidence of homosexuality and lesbian people" and added that "you have to watch out for children's programs today as well because they'll slip it in there as well."[32] is the 284th day of the year (285th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Animal Planet, launched in 1996, is a cable and satellite television network co-owned by Discovery Communications, Inc. ... Home & Garden Television, better known as HGTV, is a cable television network in the U.S. and Canada. ...


Published media

The AFA has distributed 400,000 copies of the "Fight Back Book", a guide to television advertisers, products, and advertisements.[1]


In 1994, the AFA launched a "war on divorce" by developing and distributing the "Marriage Savers" video series.[1]


On April 16, 2007, following the Virginia Tech Massacre, the AFA released a video in which "God" tells a student that students were killed in schools because God isn't allowed in schools anymore. The video claims that the shootings at Virginia Tech, Columbine, and many other locations, are the result of, among other things, decreased discipline in schools; no prayer in schools; sex out of wedlock; rampant violence in TV, movies, and music; and abortions.[33] is the 106th day of the year (107th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... The Virginia Tech massacre was a school shooting comprising two separate attacks about two hours apart on April 16, 2007, on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Virginia, United States. ... The Virginia Tech massacre was a school shooting comprising two separate attacks about two hours apart on April 16, 2007, on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Virginia, United States. ... The Columbine High School massacre occurred on Tuesday, April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School in unincorporated Jefferson County, Colorado (the CDP of Columbine) near Denver and Littleton. ... School prayer in its most common usage refers to state sanctioned prayer of students in schools. ...


Criticism and controversy

Southern Poverty Law Center has stated one of AFA's goals is to "help drive the religious right's anti-gay crusade."[34] Organizations, such as Human Rights Campaign,[35] GLAAD,[18] Southern Voice,[36] People for the American Way,[37] The Advocate,[38][39] CNET,[40] and 365 gay[15] have labeled the AFA as an "anti-gay" group. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is an American non-profit legal organization, whose stated purpose is to combat racism and promote civil rights through research, education and litigation. ... HRC logo The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is one of the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equal rights organization in the United States. ... It has been suggested that GLAAD Media Awards be merged into this article or section. ... Southern Voice is the main lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender newspaper in Atlanta, Georgia and the Southeast United States. ... People For the American Way (PFAW) is a liberal, self described progressive advocacy organization in the United States. ... The Advocate (ISSN 0001-8996) is a US-based LGBT-related biweekly news magazine. ... CNET Networks, Inc. ...


In 1989, AFA boycotted WaldenBooks to persuade Walden Books from selling Playboy and Penthouse magazines and as a result, WaldenBooks launched an advertisement campaign against censorship, asserting First Amendment rights. WaldenBooks, American Booksellers Association, Council for Periodical Distributors Association, International Periodical Distributors Association, and Duvall Bibb Services launched a lawsuit against the AFA in October 1989, under the Federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and the Florida State RICO Acts, which protect an organization’s right to conduct business without harassment or threats.[41] Waldenbooks, operated by the Walden Book Company, Inc. ... Playboy is an American mens magazine, founded in 1953 by Hugh Hefner and his associates, which has grown into Playboy Enterprises, Inc. ... Penthouse, a mens magazine founded by Bob Guccione, combines urban lifestyle articles and soft-core pornographic pictorials that, in the 1990s, evolved into hardcore. ... The Bill of Rights in the National Archives The First Amendment to the United States Constitution is a part of the United States Bill of Rights. ... The American Booksellers Association is a non-profit industry association founded in 1900 that promotes independent bookstores. ... This article describes the government of the United States. ... The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (commonly referred to as RICO) is a United States federal law which provides for extended penalties for criminal acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area South Florida Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ...


In 1998, the popular Internet filtering software CyberPatrol blocked the AFA's web site, classifying it under the category "intolerance," defined as "pictures or text advocating prejudice or discrimination against any race, color, national origin, religion, disability or handicap, gender or sexual orientation..." AFA spokesman Steve Ensley told reporters, "Basically we're being blocked for free speech." CyberPatrol cited quotes from the AFA for meeting its intolerance criteria, with included: "Indifference or neutrality toward the homosexual rights movement will result in society's destruction by allowing civil order to be redefined and by plummeting ourselves, our children, and grandchildren into an age of godlessness"; "A national 'Coming Out of Homosexuality' provides us a means whereby to dispel the lies of the homosexual rights crowd who say they are born that way and cannot change"; and "We want to outlaw public homosexuality...We believe homosexuality is immoral and leads ultimately to personal and social decay."[40][42] DansGuardian blocking whitehouse. ... SurfControl Plc. ...


On October 19, 1998, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, led by Leslie Katz, wrote a letter to the AFA in response to an advertisement placed in the San Francisco Chronicle by the AFA regarding homosexuality and Christianity. The letter stated:[43] is the 292nd day of the year (293rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Nickname: Location of the City and County of San Francisco, California Coordinates: , Country United States of America State California City-County San Francisco Founded 1776 Government  - Mayor Gavin Newsom Area  - City  47 sq mi (122 km²)  - Land  46. ... Todays San Francisco Chronicle was founded in 1865 as The Daily Dramatic Chronicle by teenage brothers Charles de Young and Michael H. de Young. ...

Supervisor Leslie Katz denounces your rhetoric against gays, lesbians and transgendered people. What happened to Matthew Shepard is in part due to the message being espoused by your groups that gays and lesbians are not worthy of the most basic equal rights and treatment. It is not an exaggeration to say that there is a direct correlation between these acts of discrimination, such as when gays and lesbians are called sinful and when major religious organizations say they can change if they tried, and the horrible crimes committed against gays and lesbians.

During the same time, the City and County of San Francisco passed two resolutions. Resolution No. 234-99 “calls for the Religious Right to take accountability for the impact of their long-standing rhetoric denouncing gays and lesbians, which leads to a climate of mistrust and discrimination that can open the door to horrible crimes such as those committed against Mr. Gaither.[44]” and Resolution No. 873-98 was specifically directed at "anti-gay" television advertisements. AFA unsuccessfully challenged these actions as violating the First Amendment to the United States Constitution in American Family Association v. City and County of San Francisco[43] AFA's concern was that the City and County of San Francisco violated the First Amendment's Establishment Clause by expressing hostility towards a religion and violated to First Amendment's Free Speech and Free Exercise clauses by the City’s attempt to prevent Truth in Love advertisements. Matthew Wayne Shepard (December 1, 1976 – October 12, 1998) was an American student at the University of Wyoming who was fatally attacked near Laramie, on the night of October 6 – October 7, 1998 in what was widely reported by international news media as a savage beating because of his homosexuality. ... Nickname: Location of the City and County of San Francisco, California Coordinates: , Country United States of America State California City-County San Francisco Founded 1776 Government  - Mayor Gavin Newsom Area  - City  47 sq mi (122 km²)  - Land  46. ... This article is about the city in California. ... The Bill of Rights in the National Archives The First Amendment to the United States Constitution is a part of the United States Bill of Rights. ... Holding Plaintiffs Establishment Clause claim was dismissed because Defendants actions had a secular purpose, did not primary effect on inhibiting religion, and did not create excessive entanglement with religion. ...


AFA Personnel

Individuals in the media industry have criticized Donald Wildmon, the founder of AFA. Gene Mater, Senior Vice President of CBS Television, has stated, "We look upon Wildmon's efforts as the greatest frontal assault on intellectual freedom this country has ever faced" and Brandon Tartikoff, former NBC Entertainment President, stated that Wildmon's boycott campaign was "the first step toward a police state."[45] CBS Broadcasting, Inc. ... The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ...


Operations

Divisions

AFA Foundation, a foundation providing “charitable giving and estate design tools” oriented towards Christian charities.


AFA Journal, a monthly publication with a circulation of 180,000[46] containing news, features, columns, and interviews. In addition to the publication, AFA Journal articles are made available online.


American Family Radio (AFR), a network of approximately 200 AFA-owned radio stations broadcasting Christian-oriented programming. AFR has stated "AFR has built more stations in a shorter time than any other broadcaster in the history of broadcasting."[8] A radio station is a site configured for broadcasting sound. ...


Center for Law and Policy, the legal and political division of AFA. The Center for Law and Policy lobbies legislative bodies, drafts legislation, and files religious-discrimination lawsuits on behalf of individuals.


Internet operations

OneMillionDads.com, a web site regarding activism for fathers.


OneMillionMoms.com, a web site regarding activism for mothers.


OneNewsNow.com, the AFA news division web site, which provides news articles, AP stories, and opinion columns. Formerly AgapePress and the news division of American Family Radio.[47]


ValuesVoters.com, a voter registration and information web site.


NoGayMarriage.com, a web site promoting the Marriage Protection Act. The Marriage Protection Act was an attempt by the then Republican controlled Congress to amend the Federal judicial code to deny Federal courts jurisdiction to hear or decide any question pertaining to the interpretation of: the provision of the Defense of Marriage Act that provides that no State shall be...


BoycottFord.com, a web site promoting a boycott of Ford Motors. 2002 Ford Fiesta in the UK. The Ford Motor Company (sometimes nicknamed Fords or FoMoCo, (NYSE: F) is an automobile maker founded by Henry Ford in Detroit, Michigan, and incorporated on June 16, 1903. ...


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