Thursday, October 15, 2015

AFA taking credit for ... something

The anti-gay hate group, American Family Association, has sent out an email to supporters titled “3 petitions that mattered greatly.” I am trying to figure out how they “mattered.”
Barronelle Stutzman
At the recent Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC, AFA president Tim Wildmon presented Barronelle with a framed copy of a petition generated by AFA in her support. It was signed by more than 60,000 AFA supporters.
The purpose of a petition is to effect change. What changed?

Chief Kelvin Cochran
Kelvin Cochran, fired from his job last year after he wrote a self-published book about marriage and sexuality, is suing the City of Atlanta and its mayor, Kasim Reed, in federal court.

Last week, AFA president Tim Wildmon and vice-president Ed Vitagliano presented Chief Cochran with a framed CD containing the signatures of 75,957 AFA supporters who said they are standing with him. The presentation took place at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, North Carolina.
They might be “standing with him” but they haven't accomplished anything. The matter is now in the federal courts.
Sgt. Charles Martland
Last Friday, Sandy Rios, governmental affairs director for American Family Association, along with Gen. Jerry Boykin of the Family Research Council, delivered a 130,000-signature petition to John McCain, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, in support of Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland.

Martland is facing discharge by the U.S. Army because he confronted an Afghan leader who had repeatedly raped a young Afghan boy. Martland's plight was first brought to the attention of AFA's tens of thousands of friends and supporters through an AFA Action Alert late last month.
Actually Martland and his commanding officer beat the crap out of a local national. There were better options. To be honest, I don't know what I would have done if confronted with a 12-year-old kid chained to a bed as a sex slave. The very thought of it angers me. However, I have been a DOD contractor overseas and what Martland did, in spite of the circumstances, is a very serious disciplinary matter. Honestly, I hope that he gets a pass. Whatever does happen, it won't be because of a petition.

Call me a cynic. The purpose for AFA's petition drives is to help AFA in contrast to the subject of the petition. Of course this is all followed by (you guessed right):
We depend on your financial contributions to keep the vital work going. Please consider making a small investment in the ministry of AFA. AFA is one of a few groups left that is engaging the culture on a day-to-day basis. Your support is critical to make sure our Christian voice in not silenced in America.
What they are really saying is that they are still fighting the “culture war” — something they lost years ago.

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