American Family Association (AFA)

The American Family Association (AFA), based in Tupelo, Miss., is a United States non-profit organization that promotes conservative fundamentalist Christian values. It opposes same-sex marriage, pornography, and abortion. The AFA has been listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center as of November 2010 for the “propagation of known falsehoods” and the use of “demonizing propaganda” against LGBT people.

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The five worst religious right claims about safe schools initiatives

Friday, April 11, 2014
In honor of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s Day of Silence today – an annual event meant to draw attention to the “silencing effects” of anti-gay harassment and name-calling in schools – Right Wing Watch is re-releasing a collection of some of the most troubling recent claims from the Religious Right about safe schools initiatives. [ Read more → ]
Scott Lively

Lively: Revolution coming because people are ‘fed up’ with ‘homosexual agenda’

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Scott Lively was a guest on Bryan Fischer’s radio program on Monday to discuss his campaign for governor in Massachusetts but, of course, most of the interview revolved around Fischer’s and Lively’s mutual battle against the “homosexual agenda.” [ Read more → ]
Opponents of Indiana's proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage rally at the state capitol.

Conservatives angry at Ind. GOP leadership over fall of gay marriage ban

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- Religious conservatives who lost a surprising battle over same-sex marriage in Indiana this year are placing some of the blame with the state's Republican legislative leaders. Opponents of amending the Indiana Constitution to add the state's current gay marriage ban won a surprising... [ Read more → ]
Linda Harvey

Harvey: Homosexuality is like anorexia, gay people just think they’re gay

Saturday, February 1, 2014
Linda Harvey of Mission America joined the American Family Association’s Tim Wildmon and Ed Vitagliano on Friday for a riveting discussion about homosexuality and Harvey’s new book, “Maybe He’s Not Gay: Another View on Homosexuality.” [ Read more → ]
Pat Robertson

The year in homophobia: Ten of the worst anti-LGBT stories of 2013

Saturday, December 28, 2013
By all accounts, 2013 was a banner year for the gay rights movement: The Supreme Court struck down the worst part of the Defense of Marriage Act, nine new states legalized marriage equality, polls showed Americans backing gay rights in ever-growing numbers, anti-gay crusader Ken Cuccinelli was defeated in his bid to become Virginia’s governor, the Boy Scouts loosened their discriminatory policies, and the “ex-gay” movement began to self-destruct. [ Read more → ]
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How the American Right came to embrace Russia’s anti-gay crackdown

Thursday, October 3, 2013
American conservative groups haven’t just praised Russia’s crackdown on gays. Working through several channels, American anti-gay activists quietly provided intellectual backing and international support that directly and indirectly fueled the resurgent anti-gay movement in Russia and in other former Soviet states like Lithuania, Moldova and Ukraine. [ Read more → ]
SourceDemonstartors at an anti-gay protest in California.

The LGBT community desperately needs to confront anti-gay propaganda

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
The LGBT community has deceived itself into thinking that if we just sidestep the lies and distortions and solely focus on “telling our stories” as ordinary people seeking fairness under the American system, our problems with those who oppose our right to equality will dissipate. It’s high time that the LGBT community realize that this belief is a false bill of goods that serves as a pitiful Band-Aid to a problem that requires more than stories designed to yank at the heart strings; indeed, such efforts make it look as if we are begging for “tolerance.” [ Read more → ]
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AFA: The ‘problem’ with homosexuals is they like to talk about their sex lives

Monday, September 9, 2013
As you probably already know, no organization in the country talks more about the issue of homosexuality than the American Family Association. Even gay rights groups talk about LGBT issues less than AFA spokespeople like Bryan Fischer. [ Read more → ]
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Anti-gay hate group claims three-year boycott of Home Depot was a success

Sunday, September 8, 2013
The anti-gay hate group American Family Association (AFA) announced Thursday it was ending its three year boycott of the Home Depot because it was satisfied the home improvement retailer no longer supports gay rights groups. Randy Sharp, director of special projects for American Family Association,... [ Read more → ]
Fischer

Fischer: Gay activists should support Russia’s anti-gay laws in the name of diversity

Monday, August 5, 2013
The results are always interesting when Bryan Fischer thinks that he is being clever, as he was on his radio program late last week when he spent a few minutes discussing Russia's recent ban on "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations around minors." [ Read more → ]
Tory Roberts, Right Wing Watch

Fewer than ten show up for ex-gay pride event that expected to draw ‘thousands’

Thursday, August 1, 2013
On Tuesday, American Family Radio’s Sandy Rios spoke to Ex-Gay Pride Month organizer Christopher Doyle about Wednesday’s ex-gay lobby day on Capitol Hill, and confidently predicted that “thousands of ex-gays are descending” on Washington for a press conference planned at the Supreme Court. [ Read more → ]
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Bert & Ernie celebrate Supreme Court rulings on New Yorker magazine cover

Saturday, June 29, 2013
The upcoming issue of The New Yorker gives a nod to this week's U.S. Supreme Court rulings on marriage equality, with an unlikely pair gracing its cover -- Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie. [ Read more → ]
Linda Harvey

Linda Harvey: Gay marriage will lead to a generation of ‘barbarians’

Friday, June 21, 2013
Mission America’s Linda Harvey was a guest on the American Family Association’s “Today’s Issues” radio program Thursday morning, where she discussed the dangers of marriage equality. [ Read more → ]
E.W. Jackson

E.W. Jackson: Using my past anti-gay statements against me is ‘persecution’

Monday, June 17, 2013
E. W. Jackson, the Republican candidate for Lt. Governor in Virginia, on Monday stood by his anti-gay and anti-abortion views and suggested that efforts to hold him accountable for his previous statements now that he is running for office was somehow an unconstitutional religious test. [ Read more → ]
Fischer

Bryan Fischer: The Boy Scouts are now the ‘Boy Sodomizers of America’

Friday, May 24, 2013
On his radio program Friday, American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer weighed in on Thursday’s decision by the Boy Scouts of America to drop its ban on gay scouts. [ Read more → ]
Bryan Fischer

Bryan Fischer won’t answer a simple question about his own gay impulses

Thursday, May 9, 2013
AFA spokesman Bryan Fischer says “people are not obligated to act on every sexual impulse that they experience,” which prompted radio host Alan Colmes to ask Fischer if he had ever experienced any gay impulses … but Fischer wasn’t about to engage in that conversation. [ Read more → ]
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Bryan Fischer: Gay NBA player will be ‘eyeballing’ teammates in the showers

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer is joining other anti-gay activists in attacking Jason Collins, the NBA player who on Monday came out as gay. [ Read more → ]
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Fischer: GOP should not ‘pander’ to ignorant, naive, uneducated voters on gay rights issues

Monday, March 18, 2013
Bryan Fischer is not at all impressed by the Republican National Committee’s “autopsy” of what has gone wrong with the GOP leading to back-to-back election losses, and is especially miffed about findings that the party’s hostility to gay rights is turning off younger voters. [ Read more → ]
Tim Wildmon

AFA president: Overturning DOMA and Prop 8 may lead to hate speech laws

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
During the debate over the Shepard-Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act, Religious Right groups like the American Family Association warned that the law would “criminalize negative comments concerning homosexuality” and “take away our religious freedoms.” [ Read more → ]
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Bryan Fischer: ‘There is no right to engage in immoral behavior’

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
On yesterday’s radio program, American Family Association spokesperson Bryan Fischer went after President Obama for refusing to defend the Defense of Marriage Act before the Supreme Court, calling it a violation of his oath of office before declaring that people do not have any right whatsoever to engage in homosexual acts. [ Read more → ]
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Bryan Fischer: ‘The bullies and bigots at Big Gay’ hit Tebow ‘like a falling safe’

Friday, February 22, 2013
American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer is none too pleased about Tim Tebow’s decision to pull out of a speaking engagement at far-right pastor Robert Jeffress’ megachurch, a gig first reported by Right Wing Watch. [ Read more → ]
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AFA livid that same-sex partners of service members may be buried at Arlington National Cemetery

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The Pentagon’s recent decision to extend certain benefits to the same-sex partners of service members following the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell has provoked the ire of the American Family Association, which is upset that they may now be eligible for burial at Arlington National Cemetery. [ Read more → ]
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Obama’s inaugural address sends Fischer off on another anti-gay rant

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
It has been awhile since Bryan Fischer went off on a good ol' fashioned anti-gay rant on his radio program, but yesterday's inaugural address by President Obama seems to have set him off. In his remarks, Obama declared that "our journey is not complete until... [ Read more → ]
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Bryan Fischer: Businesses threatened by ‘flaming homosexual’ job applicants

Monday, January 7, 2013
American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer on Friday blew up over the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), warning in a blog post that “ENDA would represent the return of Jim Crow laws.” [ Read more → ]
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Inexplicable Evil

Sunday, December 16, 2012
Unspeakable tragedy, horrific crime, inexplicable -- all words that inadequately describe the evil that was visited on a small New England town and its most vulnerable citizens Friday, its children. ... My heart breaks for those families, who at what now should be a season of joy for them, have been forever marred by the violence visited upon them. [ Read more → ]
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