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The AFA is going after NBC now


Tim and Don are on the wingnut warpath.

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Damn, Don and Tim Wildmon have burrs up their pious asses. Now they have decided NBC needs thirty lashes for daring to air a series that has an openly gay male character. — gee, where was the American Family Association during “Will and Grace” (or “Love, Sidney” for that matter)? Everyone that serves as a Nielsen household needs to tune in just to spite these haters.

The real controversy should be that the gay character is a Republican…in all seriousness, this organization is on my last nerve.

The American Family Association is urging its members to flood NBC with letters denouncing the network’s new series “The Book of Daniel which will feature primetime’s only openly gay male character in a new show.

The series is planned to debut January 6 at 9:00 pm E/P time. “The Book of Daniel” stars Aidan Quinn (“An Early Frost”) as the Reverend Daniel Webster (pictured) an unconventional Episcopalian minister who not only believes in Jesus – he actually sees him and discusses life with him.

His children include Peter (Christian Campbell, “Trick”), a 23-year-old gay son, who struggles with the loss of his twin brother. To confound matters even more, Peter is a Republican.

OK, now look at some of the rest of the characters in the show; why, might you wonder is the gay character the particular focus of the AFA’s ire.

Webster’s daughter, Grace (Alison Pill, “Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen”), is 16-year-old daughter who just happens to be a drug dealer. Then there’s the 16-year-old adopted son who is having sex with the bishop’s daughter, and Webster’s wife who is “addicted to martinis”. Webster’s secretary is a lesbian who is sleeping with his sister-in-law. The character is only one of a handful of lesbian characters on TV this season..

The tipping point for the Wildmons seems to be that — gasp — the show’s writer, Jack Kenny, is gay. Good god, do they have a clue how many queers work behind the scenes in Hollywood?

Network hype – and the mainstream media – call it “edgy,” “challenging” and “courageous.” The hour-long limited drama series will debut January 6 with back-to-back episodes and will air on Friday nights. The writer for the series is a practicing homosexual.

Here is the petition letter that the AFA is urging its followers to send to NBC Chairman Bob Wright and Robert Liodice, President of the Association of National Advertisers (the AFA is also threatening to target the show’s sponsors).

Dear Chairman Wright:

I am disappointed that NBC has decided to air “The Book of Daniel.” I know that AFA will keep us posted on which companies desire to underwrite this program.

We are told in Hebrews that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Obviously you don’t believe that. It would be beneficial to all if NBC showed a little more respect for Christians who believe the Bible.

I ask you to inform all NBC affiliates, in writing, (according to your testimony before a Congressional hearing last year) they are not required to air this program if they choose not to.

Can someone send the Wildmons and their knuckle-draggers the f*cking remote? I am so tired of these people. DON’T WATCH IT. There are plenty of Christian and family channels on cable. Or better yet, switch the f*cker off and read a book, you know — The Good Book you keep beating us over the head with.

If Wright or Liodice have any balls, they should publicly flip the bird to these people, like the good folks at Kraft.

You can go to the AFA petition, replace the text and send your own counter message to Wright and Liodice. Here is the NBC contact info as well.

Bob Wright, Chairman
NBC
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY  10112
Primary Phone: 212-664-4444
Fax: 212-489-7592
E-Mail: Bob Wright, NBC

Association of National Advertisers
708 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017-4270
ph: 212.697.5950 – fax: 212.661.8057
Email: Robert Liodice

NOTE: They will likely put up spam filters at some point, so the most effective way to get the messages to them will be by fax.

Also on the AFA hit list:
* Mattel (American Girl Dolls)
* Ford
* Proctor & Gamble
* Kraft
* Disney
* Kodak
* Wal-mart
* Kroger
* Target
* Walgreens, Office Max, Lowes and Home Depot
* Rick Santorum (ha!)
* Condoms
* Israel

The American Family Association needs to be taken down.

As you’ll recall, John at AmericaBlog rounded up some kick-ass information about the AFA and its news outlet AgapePress during the Ford debacle. These are tidbits, that Bob Wright and the rest of the heads of of these corporations need to see in emails and faxes to them. Is this the kind of organization they need to be bowing and scraping to?

This is an extremist organization, a fringe group of people that will accept nothing less than a rollback of the cultural clock to their fantasy of a “moral” society. It looks like a nightmare to any thinking person that looks at the filth the AFA puts its reputation behind:

Does a “Jewish upbringing” lead to a life of crime?
In the March issue of American Family Association Journal, a publication of Donald E. Wildmon’s right-wing evangelical activist group, the American Family Association (AFA), author Randall Murphree suggested that a Jewish upbringing leads to hatred of Christians, and by extension, a criminal lifestyle.

Were gays the real evil behind the Ho
locaust?

Scott Lively, California chapter director of the AFA, is co-author of a book titled, The Pink Swastika: Homosexuality and the Nazi Party, in which he claims that “homosexuals [are] the true inventors of Nazism and the guiding force behind many Nazi atrocities.” Lively makes explicit links between his claims about the Nazi party and the modern gay equal rights movement, claiming that “From the ashes of Nazi Germany, the homo-fascist phoenix has arisen again, this time in the United States.”

Is Europe “infested” with Muslims who breed “faster than we do”?
“The problem we have with Europe is that [it] is infested with the Muslim population. The reason why is because they multiply at a much faster rate than we do,” she says. “When we Christians get married, we have two, three, maybe four children — after they’re born, we start thinking about what college we’re going to send them to, what education we’re going to give them. The Muslims, on the other hand, are allowed to marry up to four wives at a time,” she says, noting that terrorist Osama bin Laden had 27 children.

Is AIDS a “gay plague”?
Some time ago, you see, Thacker called AIDS “the gay plague,” which everyone knows but no one will admit, particularly homosexuals and their friends in the Bush Administration.

Are gays responsible for the “end of times”?
The president of one pro-family group feels the battle in Massachusetts over legalizing homosexual marriage is a clear example of the struggle between good and evil as the end times approach.

Are Muslim-Americans trying to “take over our cities”?
Muslim newcomers are engaging in what area realtors call “block busting.” In other words, he says, “They came in, paid outrageously high prices for some of our homes that you wouldn’t give $20,000 for, paying 60 and 70 thousand, which then entrenched a number of [Muslim families] on every block.” Golen believes this is part of a “concerted effort” on the part of Muslims to use their financial power take over the city, and he says, “they’re doing a heck of a job because nobody’s standing up to them.”

Are gays “deviants”?
“…an immoral, deviant lifestyle.”

Are gays a “public health” threat?
The comments of David P. Smith, M.D.: “As a family physician, I’ve seen first-hand the devastation that homosexuality brings into the lives of patients that have chosen to live this way…. To promote homosexuality and even consider the sanctioning of it through “marriage” is irresponsible and is a danger to the public health of the entire country, spiritually and physically.”

Do Jews control Hollywood?
The AFA Journal has long served as a platform for anti-Semitic theories and innuendo. For instance, Wildmon warned of Jewish control over popular culture, an old anti-Semitic canard, in a January 1989 article, “What Hollywood Believes and Wants.” “The television elite are highly secular,” Wildmon wrote. “The majority (59 percent) in the Jewish faith.” In a separate article in the same issue, titled “Anti-Semitism Called a Serious Problem,” Wildmon, a longtime opponent of gay rights, pointedly remarked that “Jews favor homosexual rights more than other Americans.”

Are gays diseased perverts who die early? [I added this outrageous clip.]
Wildmon pointed to health statistics which estimate that 30% of all twenty-year-old homosexual males will be HIV-positive or dead of AIDS by the time they are 30. Similarly, in a study published in Oxford University’s International Journal of Epidemiology, researchers found that, at age 20, the life expectancy of homosexual and bisexual men is 8 to 20 years less than for all men.

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