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House Democrats Come After American Family Association—By Name—Like Never Before

Ways and Means Committee Seeks to Strip Non-Profit Status from 60 Organizations Falsely Deemed as ‘Hate Groups’ by Discredited SPLC

TUPELO, Miss.—Earlier this month, the House Ways and Means Committee made it clear it is specifically coming after the American Family Association (AFA, www.afa.net).

Led by some of the country’s most liberal and political activists, members of the Oversight Subcommittee held a hearing on “How the Tax Code Subsidizes Hate” for the purpose of stripping AFA of its legal 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, as reported by LifeSiteNews.

“Taking notes from the discredited and scandalous Southern Poverty Law Center as well as LGBTQ militants, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) accused conservative and faith-based groups, such as AFA, of ‘promoting hate based on race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or ethnicity,’ and he supports stripping them of their legally entitled tax-exempt status,” said AFA President Tim Wildmon. “Tweeting its own brand of hateful rhetoric, the Ways and Means Committee called AFA’s medical warning about engaging in homosexual conduct ‘vile.’ Perhaps these politicians would rather the truth be kept silent as thousands die a horrible and needless death each year.”

AFA issued the following statement to LifeSiteNews:

“It is no secret that a fantasy of the political Left is to shut down any and every organization that disagrees with its agenda to destroy our great country. AFA will fight back against these attacks, and we will continue promoting Christian activism as we have done for the past 40 years.”

Some of the other organizations on the target list are the Family Research Council, Center for Security Policy, Federation of Americans for Immigration Reform, the pro-life American College of Pediatricians, Catholic IHS Press, the pro-marriage Ruth Institute and the conservative David Horowitz Freedom Center. These are just a few of the more than 60 groups that the leftist and widely discredited Southern Poverty Law Center has designated as “hate groups.”

In an Action Alert to AFA’s nearly 1 million friends, donors and constituents, Wildmon asked for two things:

  1. Pray for the ministry of American Family Association. There are those who want to destroy anyone who speaks out against the dangers and consequences of unhealthy lifestyles.
  2. Stand with AFA as it works to reach a lost and dying world. AFA will continue to share the truth of the gospel with everyone, despite those who would try to silence the pro-family group.

“Together and with God’s help, we are making a difference,” Wildmon said.

View the media page for AFA here. For more information on American Family Association, visit www.afa.net or follow AFA on Facebook or on Twitter @AmericanFamAssc.