New TV ad calls on Congressman to skip hate group event

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 7, 2013 
Contact:  Aaron Viles aaron at faithfulamerica dot org

Thousands of Christians Petition Chair of Congressional Prayer Caucus to Reject Hate

RICHMOND AND NORFOLK – Faithful America, a national Christian organization, is airing a new TV ad that calls on Virginia Congressman Randy Forbes to cancel his upcoming appearance at a Washington, D.C. luncheon sponsored by the American Family Association, a fringe hate group whose spokesman has blamed America for 9/11, claimed gays caused the Holocaust, said black people “rut like rabbits” and argued that women have no place in politics. Watch the new ad, “There’s nothing Christian about hate,” which is running this week in Virginia’s 4th Congressional District. 

“As founder and chair of the so-called Congressional Prayer Caucus, Rep. Randy Forbes holds up himself up as a Christian leader in Washington, D.C. But there's nothing Christian about the hateful rhetoric of the American Family Association. Thousands of Christians across America are calling on Rep. Forbes to cancel this appearance.” said Faithful America executive director Michael Sherrard.

The American Family Association and its spokesman, Bryan Fischer, have a long track record of extremism. During the last election, Mitt Romney confronted the group, calling out its “poisonous language” and lack of “decency.” The AFA has officially been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for its outrageous and bigoted statements about gays, which include: “Homosexuality gave us Adolf Hitler, and homosexuals in the military gave us the Brown Shirts, the Nazi war machine and 6 million dead Jews.” 

Faithful America’s new TV ad comes on the heels of a national petition to Congressman Forbes, which was launched last week and so far has over 12,000 signatures.

Faithful America will run the new TV ad throughout the week and deliver its petitions to the Congressman’s office ahead of the American Family Association luncheon at the Values Voter Summit. The luncheon is scheduled for 12:15 PM on Friday and set to feature Rep. Forbes and Buddy Smith, AFA’s Executive Vice President.

Faithful America is a fast-growing online community dedicated to reclaiming Christianity from the religious right and putting faith into action for social justice. 

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“There's nothing Christian about hate”

 

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“Congressman Randy Forbes talks a lot about his Christian faith, so why is he working with a hate group?

 

Rep. Forbes is scheduled to headline the American Family Association (AFA) luncheon [Values Voter Summit website], AFA has been designated an anti-gay hate group [Southern Poverty Law Centerwebsite]

     

A group whose spokesman wants to bar women from politics and says black people ‘rut like rabbits.’

 

AFA spokesman Bryan Fischer said that "political leadership ought to be...reserved for the hands of males" [Focal Point radio show] and that "we are now awash in the disastrous social consequences of [African Americans] who rut like rabbits" [Rightly Concerned blog]

     

He even blames America for 9/11 and says gays caused the Holocaust.

 

Fischer said that “the jihadists on 9/11 were the agents of God's wrath in order to get our attention as a people” [Focal Point radio show] and that “homosexuality gave us Adolph Hitler, and homosexuals in the military gave us the Brown Shirts, the Nazi war machine and six million dead Jews” [Rightly Concerned blog]

     

Mitt Romney said the group lacks ‘decency,’ but Forbes is set to be their guest of honor.

 

Speaking of Fischer, Romney said the following: "We should remember that decency and civility are values too. One of the speakers who will follow me today, has crossed that line, I think. Poisonous language doesn’t advance our cause" [Politico]

     

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