Thursday, November 27, 2008

American Family Association Defends LDS Church's Support Of California Proposition 8, Promotes Petition Thanking The LDS For Their Work

The American Family Association (AFA), an evangelical-oriented pro-family organization under the direction of Rev. Donald Wildmon, has not always been supportive of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In the past, they've hinted that they consider the LDS Church to be "un-Christian" and a "cult".

However, in the wake of the successful campaign to pass Proposition 8 in California, the AFA has chosen to put theological differences aside and express support for the LDS cause. I received the following e-mail from AFA on November 26th, 2008, in which they urge people to sign a petition expressing gratitude to the LDS Church for taking the lead in preserving the traditional definition of marriage.


Gays launch hate attack against Mormons because of their support for traditional marriage


Thank the LDS church for its support of Proposition 8

Homosexual activists have launched a hate campaign against the Mormons because of the church's support for Proposition 8 in California. Prop 8 defined marriage as being between a man and a woman. Here are some examples of how gays are targeting Mormons:

- A lawsuit by Fred Karger, homosexual activist, claims that the Mormons violated election laws in California.
- Richard Raddon, director of the Los Angeles Film Festival, was forced to resign when it was discovered he contributed $1,500 to support Prop 8.
- Homosexual groups are calling for the revocation of tax-exempt status.

For more examples, Google "Mormons prop 8."

The Mormons played a vital role in the Prop 8 battle, and traditional marriage would have lost had it not been for their support. While other churches were also involved in the battle to protect marriage - including Catholics and evangelicals - the homosexuals have singled out the Mormons as their target of anger.

I urge you to sign the petition thanking the LDS for their good work in the marriage battle. Several nationally known leaders have already expressed their support. In addition to myself, the list includes Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family, Charles Colson of Prison Fellowship, Tony Perkins of Family Research Council, Paul Weyrich of Free Congress Foundation, Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention, and Gary Bauer of American Values. We will forward the petition to LDS leaders.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has offered "prayerful support and steadfast solidarity" to the LDS church for its efforts on behalf of Proposition 8.

Take Action! Sign the Petition NOW!

Thank you for caring enough to get involved. If you feel our efforts are worthy of support, would you
consider making a small tax-deductible contribution to help us continue?

Sincerely, Donald E. Wildmon,
Founder and Chairman
American Family Association

Please
take a few minutes and invite your friends to AFA ActionAlert.


This is an excellent opportunity for more bridge-building between the LDS community and the evangelical community. As a Mormon, I appreciate Rev. Wildmon placing theological differences aside and expressing support for our efforts. The people who turn against us because of Prop. 8 will be more than compensated for by the support of these champions for Christ.

The AFA is also associated with the excellent OneNewsNow website, which provides news updates from the Christian perspective on a daily basis.

4 comments:

Bot said...

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is not that strident in its beliefs on homosexuality. In fact, they counsel full acceptance for celibate homosexuals.

So far, no gay-rights activist has had the fortitude to burn a Qu’ran on the doorstep of a militant mosque where imams advocate the stoning of homosexuals (even celibate ones). Oh, I forgot, criticizing Moslems is off-limits for the Politically Correct.

Anonymous said...

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

There are many instances of religious liberties of individuals who dared speak out against a homosexual lifestyle being violated. Let me quote a few:

Case 1:
David Parker, a Massachusetts parent, was arrested when he tried to prevent his kindergartener from being exposed to pro-gay marriage books.

Case 2:
In the case of Benitez v. North Coast Women's Care Medical Group, the California Supreme Court ruled that a physician was required to perform artificial insemination for a female lesbian client or face loss of right to practice medicine.

Case 3:
In June of 2008, the University of Toledo summarily fired Crystal Dixon -- a high-ranking administrator and an African-American -- for writing a letter to the editor objecting to the comparison of "gay rights" with the civil rights struggles of African Americans.

Dixon simply wrote:

"As a Black woman... I take great umbrage at the notion that those choosing the homosexual lifestyle are 'civil rights victims.' Here's why. I cannot wake up tomorrow and not be a Black woman. I am genetically and biologically a Black woman and very pleased to be so as my Creator intended."

As a result of this personal letter and exercise of her First Amendment rights she was fired.

Case 4:
Boston public school teachers were threatened with termination if they failed to portray same-sex marriage in a positive light.

Case 5:
Canadian pastor Stephen Boisson was ordered by the Alberta "Human Rights" Commission to publicly apologize for a letter to the editor denouncing the homosexual agenda as "wicked" and stating that: "Children as young as five and six years of age are being subjected to psychologically and physiologically damaging pro-homosexual literature and guidance in the public school system; all under the fraudulent guise of equal rights." He was then given a gag order to "cease publishing in newspapers, by email, on the radio, in public speeches, or on the internet, in future, disparaging remarks about gays and homosexuals.

Case 6:
In April 2008 Elaine Huguenin, owner of Elaine Photography, was fined over $7000 by the state Human Rights Commission of New Mexico for refusing to photograph the 'commitment ceremony' of Vanessa Willock and her partner. She based her refusal on the fact that it was against her religious beliefs to do so.

Case 7:
STOCKHOLM, July 5, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Ake Green, the pastor of a Swedish Pentecostal church in Kalmar, Sweden, was sentenced to one month in prison by a Swedish court, for inciting hatred against homosexuals. Green was prosecuted in January for "hate speech against homosexuals" for a sermon he preached in 2003 citing Biblical references to homosexuality.

Case 8:
LEXINGTON, MA, October 8, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The United States Supreme Court left intact a lower court ruling that allowed Massachusetts schools to promote homosexuality in the classroom without telling parents or allowing them to opt out.

Case 9:
London, Jun 7, 2008 / 09:32 pm (CNA).- A Catholic adoption agency in Britain has ended its service of placing children in new homes because a new anti-discrimination law forbids the agency from turning away homosexual couples. A Minister of Parliament has said the new law "smacks of a secular attack on the Catholic Church."

Case 10:
On Mar. 10, 2006 Boston Catholic Charities decided to pull out of adoption services after a century of service, rather than comply with Massachusetts law that requires adoption agencies not to discriminate against homosexual couples.

Case 11:
In October of 2007, the Boy Scouts of America 'Cradle of Liberty' Council was given eviction notice from their headquarters in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia. The building was originally built in 1928 by the Boy Scouts and has been maintained by them ever since. The eviction is a result of the stand of the Boy Scouts against allowing homosexuals to be part of the organization's leadership, and is spearheaded by openly homosexual city solicitor Romulo L. Diaz, Jr.

Case 12:
The Methodist Church's Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association in New Jersey was stripped of its tax-exempt status for part of its property after it refused, for religious reasons, to allow a lesbian couple to hold a "civil-union" ceremony at a pavilion on the camp's property.

Anyone who says that this issue is just about allowing same-sex couples to get married is either ignorant or lying.

Anonymous said...

Obama is pro-choice but he would never choose this slogan: "Unborn children should have the same right to be born alive that abortionists had!" And he wouldn't want anyone to Google "Obama Supports Public Depravity." (This regularly occurs in Pelosi's pigpen, and mayor Newsom tells cops to NOT arrest anyone exercising the illegal, kinky, child-abusing "rights" Obama approves of which are flaunted publicly in front of children!) After recovering Google "Gay Pedophilia and Obama." Also Yahoo "God to Same-Sexers: Hurry Up" and "Dangerous Radicals of the Religious Right." Incredibly, the unnatural acts which forced God to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah (resulting in the Dead Sea Green Party's sudden change of plans!), and which were capital crimes in early America, are now insanely viewed as "natural" and even "desirable" by brainwashed persons choosing to fulfill the role of the ones who "perish" in II Thess. 2:10-12! Finally, please have everyone pray for and support this "incorrect" ministry of ours on the internet. Eleanor
(Obama, Pelosi, and Newsom did not approve of this message!)

Rick said...

To be hounded out of a job because you simply voted and donated to a cause is amazing. If you have to railroad someone out of their livelihood because they think differently than you it shows that your cause must be very weak and desperate.