American Family Association Still a Hate Group

Author: The Human Rights Campaign
Published: Wednesday 4th February 2015 - Updated: Saturday 23rd January 2016
Summary: The trip is taking place despite the protests of organizations like the Anti-Defamation League and many conservative Christian activists.

As leading Republicans head to the Middle East on an AFA-sponsored junket, the organization tries to put lipstick on a pig.

As reported in Politico today, a number of leading Republican National Committee members have elected to take part in a junket to Israel sponsored, in part, by the American Family Association.

The trip is taking place despite the protests of organizations like the Anti-Defamation League and many conservative Christian activists who are nonetheless offended at the shocking positions of the organizations, like AFA, that are sponsoring the trip.

Despite recent attempts by the AFA to shed its hateful reputation, including demoting Bryan Fischer, one of its most radical demagogues, the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, notes that its designation as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center remains as true as ever.

"No matter how much flashy PR tricks the AFA tries to pull, there's no putting lipstick on this pig. The AFA has more than earned their label as a hate group, and as long as they continue to promote intolerant laws and social stigma against LGBT Americans, politicians on both sides of the aisle should know that associating with the AFA will have consequences," said HRC Vice President for Communications Fred Sainz.

AFA bills itself as being "on the frontlines of America's culture war" and "one of the largest and most effective pro-family organizations in the country." Take a look at 10 "pro-family" statements and stances out of AFA:

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