In the past few months you’ve probably heard of a group called One Million Moms. They were the group who tried to get Ellen DeGeneres fired from a JC Penny campaign. Having failed in spreading their anti-gay message the first time around, they’re giving it another go by calling for a JC Penny boycott once again. This time it’s over a catalogue picture that shows two women kissing.
Who are they?
Unlike their name implies, they are not a grass-roots organization formed by concerned parents. One Million Moms was created by an also inaptly named hate group: The American Family Association. You don’t know the AFA? Here’s what the Southern Poverty Law Center says about them:
American Family Association
Methodist minister Donald E. Wildmon formed the National Federation for Decency in 1977, changing its name to the American Family Association (AFA) in 1988. Today, the group, which was taken over by Tim Wildmon after his father’s 2010 retirement, claims a remarkable 2 million online supporters and 180,000 subscribers to its AFA Journal. It also broadcasts over nearly 200 radio stations.
The AFA seeks to support “traditional moral values,” but in recent years it has seemed to specialize in “combating the homosexual agenda.” In 2009, it hired Bryan Fischer, the former executive director of the Idaho Values Alliance, as its director of analysis for government and policy. Taking a page from the anti-gay fabulist Scott Lively (see Abiding Truth Ministries, above), Fischer claimed in a blog post last May 27 that “[h]omosexuality gave us Adolph Hitler, and homosexuals in the military gave us the Brown Shirts, the Nazi war machine and 6 million dead Jews.” (Ironically, the elder Wildmon was widely denounced as an anti-Semite after suggesting that Jews control the media, which the AFA says “shows a genuine hostility towards Christians.”) Fischer has described Hitler as “an active homosexual” who sought out gays “because he could not get straight soldiers to be savage and brutal and vicious enough.” He proposed criminalizing homosexual behavior in another 2010 blog post and has advocated forcing gays into “reparative” therapy. In a 2010 “action alert,” the AFA warned that if homosexuals are allowed to openly serve in the military, “your son or daughter may be forced to share military showers and barracks with active and open homosexuals.”
Gays aren’t the AFA’s only enemies. In late 2009, Fischer suggested that all Muslims should be banned from joining the U.S. military. “Islam is a totalitarian political ideology,” Fischer added in August 2010. “It is as racist as the KKK. … Allowing a mosque to be built in town is fundamentally no different that granting a building permit to a KKK cultural center built in honor of some King Kleagle.” A little later, according to the Huffington Post, Fischer said that whatever the government does to “to make it unthinkable for America’s youth to join a white supremacist group,” it should also do “to make it as unthinkable for a resident of America to embrace Islam.” Around the same time, the Huffington Post said, he blogged that Muslim values are “grossly incompatible with American values,” and therefore no place in America should allow a mosque to be built.
And then there are the promiscuous. On his May 26, 2010, radio show, Fischer recounted the biblical story of Phineas, who used a spear to kill a man and a woman who were having sex. Citing the nation’s “rampant sexual immorality,” Fischer said, “God is obviously looking for more Phineases in our day.”
The Fischer mentioned by the SPLC is the same Fischer you’ve been hearing about in the news recently:
He’s also the one who quoted Martin Luther King, Jr.’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech to argue in favour of discrimination against the LGBTQ community.
Follow the money & the numbers:
The AFA as a whole claims to have 500,000 members. A far cry from what their One Million Moms and One Million Dads groups hope to imply with their names. 500,000 people is the population of Fresno, California. That means that California alone, with a gay population estimated (conservative estimate) at 1.5 million people, there’s a gay population that’s three times higher than the number of people the AFA has in the entire country. Their claim to represent the majority of Americans is a manipulative pipe-dream, it’s a con job.
Their 2010 income statement:
Income Statement (FYE 06/2010)
|Program Service Revenue||$0|
|Total Primary Revenue||$18,370,870|
|TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES||$20,805,820|
|Payments to Affiliates||$0|
|Excess (or Deficit) for the year||$-1,205,079|
So how do they keep this cash cow going? How do they get their members on radio shows and giving interviews on television programs? There’s only one answer: CONTROVERSY. This is an enormous organization that depends almost exclusively on the LGBTQ community. They depend on demonizing us to fund-raise, to exist, to keep themselves in the spotlight and fund cushy salaries.
These groups are not about ideology, they’re not about protecting children, they’re not about making people’s lives better. They’re about greedy, ignorant people. They’re about con-artists and fraudsters who use junk science and myths to line their pockets. All that money you see mentioned up there, it doesn’t go to help people losing their homes, it doesn’t go to helping feed the poor, it doesn’t go to help educate children. It doesn’t go to help struggling single mothers. It doesn’t help the homeless, it doesn’t fund medication for the sick. All that money goes on funding campaigns that are AGAINST one group or another and to keeping the directors of these groups in the spotlight so they can sell their books and peddle their snake oil.