AFA and who's who of bible beaters go after Ford again
I am so f*cking tired of these g-damn idiots. You can smell the flopsweat and desperation as their hysteria increases with these maneuvers.
PageOneQ has the scoop on the latest salvo from the Wild-Eyed Wildmons at the bigoted American Family Association. This time they’ve banded together with an all-star cast of wingnuts to bleat that Ford should pull all support for any group involved in the current “culture war.” I love this tidbit:
The letter included Beverly LaHaye, founder of Concerned Women for America (CWA) as a signator. LaHaye’s son, Lee, is the closeted Chief Financial Officer of the organization. Additional signators include: Alan Chambers, president of “ex-gay” organization Exodus International; James Dobson of Focus on the Family and Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council.
Can you believe this?
Here is the letter, in its entirety.
January 10, 2006
Chrm . Bill Ford
Ford Motor Company
One American Road
Dearborn , MI 48126-2798
Dear Chrm. Ford,
On November 28, Ford Motor Company and American Family Association worked out a representation concerning Ford’s support of groups promoting the homosexual agenda including homosexual marriage. Ford’s representations seemed to AFA a very reasonable and attainable goal.
Here is what Ford’s representation included:
1. Ford would not renew current promotions or create future incentives that give cash donations to homosexual organizations based on the purchase of a vehicle.
2. Ford would stop giving cash and vehicle donations or endorsements to homosexual social activities such as Gay Pride parades.
3. Ford would not make corporate donations to homosexual organizations that, as part of their activities, engage in political or social campaigns to promote civil unions or same-sex marriage.
4. Ford would cease all advertising in homosexual websites and media outlets (magazines, television, radio) in the U.S. with the exception of a small amount to be used by Volvo. The Volvo ads would be the same ads used in the general media and not aimed at the homosexual community specifically.
When homosexual groups opposed Ford’s actions, seven homosexual leaders met with Ford. At that meeting, Ford repudiated your representations and issued a public letter strongly supporting the homosexual groups.
Ford made this decision at the request of only seven homosexual leaders and without any input from your thousands of dealers who stand to be adversely affected by your decision. Why would Ford put the interests of seven homosexual groups ahead of the interests of all your dealers? Evidently you consider seven homosexual leaders more important than your thousands of dealers. Your support for these groups pushing homosexual marriage can only hurt your dealers.
We strongly suggest that Ford remove itself from involvement in the cultural war and apply its resources to building the best product possible. It ill serves the purpose of Ford to take sides in the cultural war. It is a no-win situation. When you favor one side, you alienate the other. Leave the cultural battles to the various groups pro and con and to the politicians. Apply your energy and your resources to building better automobiles. This policy would benefit not only Ford, your employees and your dealers, but society as a whole.
It is our request that Ford retract its rejection of the representation. We can not, and will not, sit by as Ford supports a social agenda aimed at the destruction of the family.
We ask that you respond to our request by January 20. If we do not hear from you by that date, we will assume that Ford does not intend to honor its representations to AFA. Should you decide to respond, please do so by letter since we can no longer trust Ford to keep its verbal word.
Donald E. Wildmon, Chairman, American Family Association
Other signatories include:
Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council; Dr. James Dobson, Founder and Chairman, Focus On The Family; Gary Bauer, President American Values;
Dr. D. James Kennedy, President, Coral Ridge Ministries; Dr. Richard Land, President The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, The Southern Baptist Convention; Paul Weyrich, National Chairman, Coalitions for America
Beverly LaHaye, Founder and Chairman, Concerned Women for America; Dr. Gary Cass, President Center for Reclaiming America; Rev. Ted Haggard, President, National Association of Evangelicals
Phil Burress, President Citizens for Community Values; Curt Smith, President, Indiana Family Institute; Janet Folger, President, Faith2Action
Bobbie Patray, President, Tennessee Eagle Forum; Judie Brown, President, American Life League, Inc.
Dr. Leo Godzich, Chairman, National Association of Marriage Enhancement; R. Allen Angell, President Constituent Voice; Kelly Shackelford, President; Free Market Foundation; Gary Glenn, President American Family Association of Michigan
Russell Johnson, Chairman, Ohio Restoration Project; Alan Chambers, President Exodus International; Diane Gramley, President, American Family Association of Pennsylvania
Hutcherson photo art via Mike Tidmus.
Dr. Kenneth Hutcherson, President, Mayday for Marriage; Micah Clark, Executive Director, American Family Association of Indiana; Dr. Rick Scarborough, President, Vision America
Gregory B. Darby, Founder & President, Christian Interactive Network; John Uhlmann, Chairman Our Shared American Identity Foundation; Ron Shuping, Senior Vice President of Programming, The Inspiration Television Networks
Dr. Keith Wiebe, President, American Association of Christian Schools; Tom Shields, Chairman Coalition for Marriage and Family; Dr. Laurence White, President, The American Restoration Project
Larry Cirignano, Executive Director, CatholicVote.org; Keith Wiebe, Jr., President, West Virginia Family Foundation; Mathew D. Staver, President and General Counsel, Liberty Counsel
Kristian M. Mineau, President, Massachusetts Family Institute; Douglas Stiegler, Executive Director Association of Maryland Families; Colin A. Hanna, President, Let Freedom Ring, Inc.
l L. Wagstaff, M.A., Executive Director, Living Stones Ministries; David Kyle Foster,President/Executive Director, Mastering Life Ministries
The AFA press release is here.
There are differing schools of thought about what is most useful in this battle with the AFA, particularly about Ford, which has placed itself between a rock and a hard place by trying to be all things to all people as they struggle in the marketplace.
Should we ignore these Wildmon clowns and their loser tribe of bible beaters, who are pouting and acting out like little babies in this letter? Or do we take them on after each shot they fire across the bow? Food for thought.
These weasels are clearly on a downward spiral. Seriously — that queen “ex-gay” Alan Chambers of Exodus? That addition really ups the credibility of that letter. They are scraping the bottom of the wingnut barrel with some of the losers that signed on with the big guns like Dobson and Bauer.
I wonder, where’s Tinkywinky Falwell or psycho Lou Sheldon of the Traditional Values Coalition — why are they MIA? What happened to Robert Knight of Concerned Women for America, or our friend Peter LaBarbera?
Ford Motor Company
William Clay Ford, Jr., Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
800-232-5952 (TDD for the Hearing Impaired)
Ford Motor Company
Customer Relationship Center
P.O. Box 6248
Dearborn, MI 48126
* Whiny baby Wildmon on Ford