American Family Association

Let’s talk. Let’s get real about one of the largest and most influential of the Christian Dominionist groups around, the American Family Association. At first glance, it appears to be a rather innocuous organization, I mean, who can possibly fault a group of people attempting to assist in building good American families? And, after all, it’s a Christian group!

The AFA was founded in 1977, by the Reverend Don Wildmon and has since been taken over by his son, Tim. It is headquartered in Tupelo, Mississippi and promotes what they term, “conservative Christian Values.” Among those issues that they work against are same-sex-marriage, pornography, and abortion. However, they also work toward setting public policy such as the deregulation  of the oil industry, and lobbying against the Employee Free Choice Act.

Contrary to the true values of most mainstream Christians, the AFA opposes all other religions, proselytizes their own brand of scripture, and accepts on the “right kind of Christian” into its fold. This is true Dominionism.

The organization has become so blatant in its bigotry and hatred that it has gained entry into the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of hate groups, a distinction that has riled the leaders to the core.

Just how influential is this group? Well, they have an annual budget of about $14 million dollars (that is what is reported), and they own 180 American Family Radio stations in 28 states. They publish a monthly journal, and a newsletter. They are affiliated with OneNewsNow.com, which is a Christian News Service, and OneMillionMoms.com. But, that is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

In 2002, founder Don Wildmon along with Paul Weyrich founded the Arlington Group, a coalition which unites the leaders of prominent Christian conservative organizations in the United State. This group is hugely successful in formulating policies and influencing both Presidents and Congressional members. Geroge W. Bush relied heavily on this group, and one of their many goals is making certain that only like-minded judges are appointed. Now, that is a scary thought.

Other organizations affiliated with the Arlington Group are Focus on the Family, Center For Moral Clarity (Rod Parsley), ConservativeHQ.com (Richard Viguerie), Family Research Council (Tony Perkins), and American Values (Gary Bauer), just to name a few. Imagine how much power this coalition wields.

But…and this is a very big but…that is not the extent of their long arms into American politics…not even close.  Both Don and Tim Wildmon sit on the Council For National Policy, a conglomeration of Evangelical, Pentecostal, Charismatic, Catholic, and even Mormons which comes together to plan strategies for the Religious Right, and conservatives in the United States. Founded in 1981, by Tim LeHaye, the Reconstructionist and author of the “Left Behind” series, this group has serious policy making power within our government.

Seekgod.org tells us that, “Members include corporate executives, television evangelists, legislators, former military or high ranking government officers, leaders of ‘think tanks’ dedicated to molding society and those who many view as Christian leadership. Members in many cases are owners or leaders from industry such as lumber, oil, mining, commodities, real estate, the media, including owners of radio, television and print, with all aspects of life covered. Many are involved in education, determining to influence society’s direction by direct input with children and youth. Many advocate from the arena of right wing politics, conservatives, family friendly, reconstructionists, dominionists, and so on.”

The organization has been highly secretive, almost clandestine in nature, but is ranked among the top policy-making groups in the United State. Obtaining a true list of its membership is difficult, but through occasional leaks, and those individuals who have come out of their Christian closet, here are but a few of them from the past and the present: (From nndb.com)

Jack Abranoff (“Casino Jack”)

Howard Ahmanson, Jr. (Reclusive fundamentalist and Christian philanthropist)

Richard V. Allen (Reagan National Security Advisor)

Dick Armey (of Tea Party fame, and House Majority Leader from 1995 to 2003)

William L. Armstrong (former U. S. Senator from Colorado)

John Ashcroft (former U.S. Attorney General)

Gary Bauer (Family Research Council)

William Bennett (former Drug Czar)

Morton Blackwell (Conservative activist)

Pat Boone (Singer)

Brent Bozell (Media Research Center)

Elsa Prince Broekhuizen (Conservative financier & mother of Eric[Blackwater] Prince)

Anita Bryant (anti-Homosexual activist)

T. Kenneth Cribb (Conservative activist)

William Dannemeyer (Congressman from California from 1979 to 1973)

Arnaud De Borchgrave (Journalist for the Washington Times Insight Magazine)

Jeremiah Denton (U.S. Senator from Alabama from 1981-1987)

Betsy & Richard deVos (Amway)

James Dobson (Focus on the Family)

Pete Du Pont (Governor of Delaware from 1977-1985)

Becky Norton Dunlop (Conservative activist)

Stuart Epperson (Salem Communications)

M. Stanton Evans (Conservative activist)

Jerry Falwell (deceased televangelist and founder of the Moral Majority)

Michael Farris (Founder of the Dominionist Patrick Henry College)

Edwin Feulner (Founder of the Heritage Foundation)

Kevin L. Gentry (Koch Industries)

Jesse Helms (deceased, U.S. Senator from North Carolina from 1973-2003)

Donald Hodel (Reagan’s Secretary of Energy and Interior)

Nelson Bunker Hunt (Tried to corner the silver market)

Reed Irvine (Founder of Accuracy In Media)

Howard Kaloogian (Conservative activist)

David Keene American Conservative Union)

Jack Kemp (Football Player)

Alan Keyes (Illinois carpetbagger)

Cliff Kincaid (Accuracy in Media)

Larry Klayman (Founder of Judicial Watch)

Beverly LaHaye (Tim LaHaye’s wife)

Tim LaHaye (Reconstructionist and author of the Left Behind series)

Wayne LaPierre (Spokesman for the NRA)

Lew Lehrman (Founder of Right Aid Drug Stores)

Trent Lott (Senator from Mississippi from 1989 to 2007)

Pat Matiscana (Produced The Clinton Chronicles)

James A. McClure (Senator from Idaho from 1973-1991)

Larry McDonald (deceased, Congressman from Georgia from 1975 to 1983)

Ed Meese (Former Attorney General under Reagan)

James C. Miller III (Conservative economist)

Don Nickles (Senator from Oklahoma)

Grover Norquist (Lobbyist and anti-tax crusader)

Gary North (Reconstructionist and pal of Ron Paul)

Oliver North (Perjuring Iran-Contra figure and Dominionist)

Tony Perkins (President of the Family Research Council)

Bob Perry (Perry Homes and Republican financier)

Howard Phillips (Founder of U.S. Taxpayer’s Party)

Burton Pines (Conservative activist)

Robert W. Poole (Founder of Reason Foundation)

Edgar Prince (deceased, Prince Manufacturing)

Coy Privette (President of the Christian Action League of North Carolina)

Ralph Reed ( Former head of the Christian Coalition)

William Bradford Reynolds ( Part of the Reagan Administration)

Pat Robertson (the 700 Club)

James Robison (Televangelist)

Phyllis Schlafly (Opponent of Women’s Liberation and rights)

Alan Sears (CEO of Alliance Defense Fund)

Howard Segermark (Howard Segermark Associates)

Frank Shakespeare (U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican from 1886 to 1889)

John K. Singlaub (U.S. Army General and CIA Operative)

John H. Sununu (George H. W. Bush’s Chief of Staff)

Edward Teller (deceased, Father of the Hydfrogen Bomb)

Tommy Thomson (Governor of Wisconsin from 1987 to 2001)

Robert Tilton (Televangelist)

Richard Viguerie ( Powerful Conservative Activist)

Paul Weyrich (deceased, co-founder of the Moral Majority)

John C. Whitehead (US Deputy Secretary of State from 1985 to 1989)

Faith Ryan Whittlesey (Twice Ambassador to Switzerland)

Don Wildmon (American Family Association)

Tim Wildmon (American Family Association)

Amazing, right? These are all very powerful individuals in their own right, but knowing that they all gather together to formulate many of the policies and the legislation that passes through the halls of our government should, certainly give one pause. Obviously, we only thought we were finished with the Reagan and Bush Eras.

In a recent article written by Bryan Fischer, he made the following claim:

“I have written before that, according to the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God, marriage exists for three purposes: companionship, sexual intimacy, and procreation. Same-sex counterfeits cannot fulfill any of these purposes.

“Same-sex unions are notoriously short-lived and unstable, the kind of sex that is practiced is immoral, unnatural, and unhealthy, and procreation is an impossibility. These are reasons enough to reserve the term marriage for the union of one man and one woman.

 “Not only can same-sex couples not conceive children, solid social research has now emerged that confirms what common sense, history, experience and Scripture tell us: same-sex parenting is bad for children.”

 

 

 

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