Meet the American Family Association

As we’ve said before, any organization with the word “Family” in its title is either creationist, abortionist, or it’s connected with Charles Manson.

Today we’ll take a brief look at the American Family Association. Here’s their website (Warning: an audio recording plays as soon as you go there). Their Who is AFA? page informs us:

American Family Association (AFA) … was founded in 1977 by Donald E. Wildmon, who was pastoring First United Methodist Church in Southaven, Mississippi, at the time. … Today, AFA is one of the largest and most effective pro-family organizations in the country with over two million online supporters and approximately 180,000 paid subscribers to the AFA Journal, the ministry’s monthly magazine. In addition, AFA owns and operates nearly 200 radio stations across the country under the American Family Radio (AFR) banner.

Don’t confuse them with the parent group of the Louisiana Family Forum, run by Rev. Gene Mills. That’s part of Focus on the Family, founded by James Dobson. All these outfits sound alike and promote the same ideas, but they’re different organizations.

The thing that drew our attention to the American Family Association is this article at their website by Bryan Fischer: Americas Public Policy: all we need is Genesis 2 and 2 (yes, their title omits the apostrophe). Wikipedia says that Bryan Fischer is AFA’s director of Issue Analysis for Government and Public Policy. We wrote about his work before (The Founders Rejected Evolution?). Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:

The Founding Fathers grounded this nation in a profoundly religious concept: that there is a Creator and that we have been all created in his image and therefore have equal rights to life, liberty and property.

That’s odd. We’ve searched the Declaration, the Articles of Confederation, the Constitution, and the Federalist Papers, but none of those documents contain any statement that we were “created in his image.” Nor does the Constitution mention the creator. Let’s read on:

Where did they get this idea? That’s easy – from the first page of the Bible. Their view of public policy was shaped and molded by the Judeo-Christian tradition, beginning with the very first verse of the very first book of the Scriptures.

The documents we mentioned don’t refer to Genesis either — or the bible. We continue:

Even a cursory read-through of Genesis 1 & 2 indicates that these two chapters are just about all we need to formulate sound public policy in the nation left to us by the Founders. Here is a brief list, for starters, of the number of issues for which Genesis provides answers and direction.

This thing gets stranger with every sentence. Hey, if the Founders thought that Genesis was all we need, why didn’t they say so? And why did they write all those other documents and require that public officials take an oath to defend the Constitution as the supreme law of the land? Anyway, here are some of the issues for which Genesis provides all the information we need:

Origins: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). The Founders are right, and Darwin is wrong. All things came into being through the work of a Creator God. They did not come into being through blind chance and the random collision of atoms. Even science says that matter and energy can neither be created nor destroyed. By scientific definition, then, both had to come from some source outside the universe. The teaching of origins in all our educational institutions should reflect this, and explore the implications for society if elected officials believe Darwin (survival of the fittest, might makes right, eugenics, Planned Parenthood, Adolph Hitler, six million dead Jews) rather than Moses.

Aaaargh!! Here’s more:

Evolution: According to Genesis 1, both plants and animals are said no less than eleven times to reproduce “according to their kind.” This is confirmed by everything we know about genetics. Evolution – that is, the genetic migration of one species into another – has never been observed. Never, not one single time. Evolution is false, genetics is true. Like begets like, always has, always will. The flat contradiction between everything we know about genetics and the gibberish that is taught as evolution should be part of every course of instruction on the origin and development of living things. Even if scientists were able to genetically create life in the lab, that would simply confirm what the Bible teaches: it takes both intelligence and design. Plus, we would have to spot the scientists the genetic material with which they worked. Where did that come from? Hmmm? The Bible is right, evolution is wrong.

Aaaargh!!

There’s much more in Fischer’s political manifesto, but it’s about topics we usually don’t discuss here: homosexuality, environmentalism, same-sex marriage, etc. Click over there to appreciate it all. The manifesto ends with this:

Two short chapters in the Bible shine a powerful light that illuminates the path for America to return to sane, rational and sound public policy. Secular fundamentalism, with its belief in evolution, environmentalism, population control, sexual promiscuity, sexual deviancy, and welfare for people who don’t work, is about to bring America to its knees.

Secular fundamentalism is the problem and the Judeo-Christian tradition is the solution. Will America and its elected officials wake up in time to save what is left of the greatest nation on earth?

We can say this in favor of the American Family Association. Unlike a certain “think tank” in Seattle, they don’t disguise their ideas or their goals.

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12 responses to “Meet the American Family Association

  1. The comments to Fisher’s post are quite amusing – – unlike the article, which is just scary.

  2. I like how the Liars of Genesis use science when conveeeeeeeenient, such as “science says that matter and energy cannot be created or destroyed” which, of course, they mangle but, hey, it’s the sentiment that counts, but then totally disregard science when it’s in-conveeeeeeeenient.

    Just like they say the Bible is literally true, except when it isn’t.

    What kind of ethics and morality do they preach?

  3. cnocspeireag

    abortionist?

  4. Doc Bill, Bryan Fischer is a liar, a coward, and IMO, has neither ethics nor morality.

  5. When I combine this, the article from the Baptist Press about Mohler and Biologos and rhetoric like that Michele Bachmann and other Tea Partiers so often use, I wonder how far this can go.

    I’m not into “doomsday talk” or conspiracy theories, but I worry that this will take an ever stronger hold and we’ll end up with some type of theocracy before we know it. Our country has managed to exist more than 200 years, isn’t that a long time relative to other governments?

    I wonder where free thinkers will end up, where those who aren’t True Christians will be safe. Will we be shut out or will people see reason and allow humanity to advance. Are we headed into another dark age or a new age of enlightenment?

    Or, am I, like Mohler, simply hoping to save my way of life (as an atheist)?
    (Perhaps the difference is that I’d tolerate his as an anachronism but he’d still see mine as a threat.)

  6. “I wonder where free thinkers will end up, where those who aren’t True Christians will be safe.”

    I’m starting to think maybe Australia. I say that because Norway, Sweden, and Finland are too cold, England is too rainy, Switzerland is too expensive, New Zealand has too few people, France has too many Parisians, Japan has too few feminists, and the Czech Republic has too much beer.

  7. Yeah, since Ken Ham is here, Australia makes perfect sense!

  8. Gabriel Hanna

    I really don’t think there’s anything to worry about. Fundamentalist Christians have less influence and fewer numbers every year. Most Americans say they’re Christian but for many of them that only means they go to church for Easter and Christmas. And does our popular culture look like it’s getting more straitlaced?

    I’d say Christian fundamentalism poses the same sort of threat to the Republic that New Age woo does–we waste a lot of time and money dealing with it, but we’re not in any danger of being “taken over”. Christian fundamentalists, for example, did not get the government to set up an agency to attempt to scientifically validate their religious beliefs. But the peddlers of woo did just that, to the tune of $800 million.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Center_for_Complementary_and_Alternative_Medicine

  9. Gabriel Hanna

    Not to mention that like creationists, they have lobbied the government to force insurance companies to cover bogus treatments, and unlike creationists they have been successful.

  10. Hey, maybe American Family can have a sweepstakes for someone to come up with a theory to replace evolution. Too bad Ed McMahon is no longer with us and Dick Clark is not well.

  11. SC: We can say this in favor of the American Family Association. Unlike a certain “think tank” in Seattle, they don’t disguise their ideas or their goals.

    a VERY small favor.

    LRA: … and the Czech Republic has too much beer.

    This is a bad thing? 😉

  12. the Czech Republic has too much beer.

    I understand each of these words individually, but I do not understand the meaning of this phrase. It is gibberish.

    I’m not into “doomsday talk” or conspiracy theories, but I worry that this will take an ever stronger hold and we’ll end up with some type of theocracy before we know it.

    May as well worry about asteroids hitting the planet. On a political level, the religious community which advocates theocratic law has been spectacularly unsuccessful. In fact, things have moved even farther away from their ideal society, and the pace is accelerating. I am far more worried about the rapid move toward a police state, where the trends in that direction are alarming and obvious.