American Family Association

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Background

The American Family Association (AFA) is a conservative, fundamentalist Christian non-profit organization founded in 1977 by Rev. Donald Wildmon. The AFA is headquartered in Tupelo, Mississippi.

According to their Web site, the AFA claims it "represents and stands for traditional family values, focusing primarily on the influence of television and other media—including pornography—on our society." It is a noted anti-gay group formed by a curiously consistent cadre of sponsors of said affiliated groups.

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 organization, which grew out of Donald Wildmon's National Federation for Decency and Christian Leaders for Responsible Television (CLEAR-TV), adopted the name American Family Association in 1987, as it sought to broaden its agenda. Wildmon, more than any other individual, precipitated the current culture war, first with his campaign against the film Last Temptation of Christ, then with his million-piece mailing on Andres Serrano's photograph "Piss Christ."

As of 2004, it is promoting boycotts of Abercrombie & Fitch ("Use of softcore pornography in company catalogs"), Movie Gallery ("distributor of pornographic videos"), the Walt Disney Company ("Support for the pro-homosexual agenda through corporate practices"), and Kmart ("Sale of adult-rated music CDs").

In March of 2004, the AFA filed suit in an attempt to prevent the city of Seattle, Washington from recognizing same-gender marriages.

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American Family Association
P.O. Drawer 2440
Tupelo, MS 38803

Ph. (601) 844-5036

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