First, it is worth noting, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the American Family Association is considered a 'hate group.' The AFA, founded by Methodist minister Donald E. Wildmon in Tupelo, Mississippi back in 1977, went by the name National Federation for Decency. In '88, the organization's name changed to the American Family Association. Currently, the AFA is considered one of the most famous voices on the radical religious right. Initially, their focus consisted of television programming indecency, pornography, and homosexuality, of course.
The American Family Association is an outfit profiting off Jesus Christ. However, not within the context of the Ministry according to Christ. So they are pretty good at fear-mongering, promoting falsehoods about well, just about everything. Their main focuses consist of pushing an anti-immigration, race baiting, anti-free will for women's' rights, and of course, they are against homosexuals. After-all, if you care for all people, eww that'd be gross because you'd be endorsing their wicked behavior and stuff. Right? Of course, not. However, that will not stop some folks from performing their ignorant self-appointed duties. Former employees of the AFA described a work environment to push myths about sexual junk science and debunked racially-charged sediment, inaccurate abortion and immigration statistics. Bryan Fischer, when asked by Alan Combs if he had homosexual thoughts or ideations, refused to answer.
Now, most people would be quick to answer either yes, no or not that I know of, but Fischer declined to answer. That raises an eyebrow, is this why he is fighting the homosexual 'storm trooper' Nazis. Oh yea, Fischer claims Hitler and his Nazi Storm Troopers were homosexuals? What evidence does he have for this claim? Well, a debunked historians claim. This claim goes to the larger question that is, what does the Nazis sexual orientation have to do with anything? Again, if you are afraid of something you are more likely to oppose anything related to the presence of that thing of which you are scared.
"According to former employees of the AFA, the views represented by Fischer are not only tolerated within the organization but any opposition to its anti-gay, anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant invective—including reliance on white nativist sources in the AFA’s media programs—is dismissed. What’s worse, former employees say, anyone questioning such attitudes as un-Christian is denigrated, and in some cases forced out. Former AFA employees describe Wildmon—who led the organization until just last year—as an autocratic micro-manager incapable of socializing with or showing empathy for his employees.
Since the elder Wildmon passed the presidency on to his son Tim last year, Fischer has increasingly grabbed the spotlight. According to Allie Martin, who worked as a reporter for AFA’s news service from 1997 until he was fired earlier this year, “there’s nobody else there who could step into that role.”
“On paper,” Martin said, “Tim is in charge,” and is probably the “only person who could reel him [Fischer] in.” But that hasn't happened.
Within the organization, “people may not be comfortable” with Fischer’s rhetoric, said Martin, “but they aren’t going to say much about it. They are afraid to say anything about it.”(2).
In Its Words
“Homosexuality is a poor and dangerous choice, and has been proven to lead to a litany of health hazards to not only the individuals but also society as a whole.”
–AFA Action Alert, July 20, 2012
“[Islam] is, in fact, a religion of war, violence, intolerance, and physical persecution of non-Muslims.”
–Tim Wildmon, March 6, 2012
"The homosexual movement is a progressive outgrowth of the sexual revolution of the past 40 years and will lead to the normalization of even more deviant behavior."
– Don Wildmon, AFA website, 1999 (still posted as of 2011).
"Homosexuality gave us Adolph Hitler, and homosexuals in the military gave us the Brown Shirts, the Nazi war machine and six million dead Jews."
– Bryan Fischer, AFA director of issue analysis for government and public policy, 2010
"If President Obama, Congressional Democrats, and homosexual activists get their wish, your son or daughter may be forced to share military showers and barracks with active and open homosexuals who may very well view them with sexual interest."
– AFA press release, February 2010
"Homosexuality is not only harmful to homosexuals themselves, but also to children and to society."
– Stephen Bennett, AFA writer, 2004
"As with smoking, homosexual behavior's ‘second hand' effects threaten public health….Thus, individuals who choose to engage in homosexual behavior threaten not only their own lives, but the lives of the general population."
– Gary Glenn, president of Michigan chapter of AFA, 2001
"[T]he homosexual lifestyle is characterized by anonymous sexual encounters and celebration of sexual obsession and perversion unparalleled in any other social group."
– Richard Howe, "Homosexuality in America," AFA publication, 1994"(1).
So, the AFA's philosophy is not unique. Unfortunately, Many Neo-Nazi, White Separatists, and the alike share their views. However, let me tell you, hatred of God's creation within Biblical context is NEVER justified.
1). Southern Poverty Law Center. American Family Association. SPLC. http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-files/groups/american-family-association
2). Evan Hurst. (13 October 2010). The American Family Association, Exposed. Truth Wins Out. http://www.truthwinsout.org/blog/2010/10/12024/
3).Jane Mayer. Bully Pulpit: American Family Association Extremism Exposed. The New Yorker. http://endbigotryinvenangocounty.blogspot.com/2012/06/bully-pulpit-american-family.html