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.