Bryan Fischer - AFR Talk

Wednesday, the anti-gay hate group American Family Association, has sent an email to supporters asking for money to support the expansion of AFR Talk. The email, with the subject “America cannot wait – Join the voice of Christian America today!” includes the following (highlighting added):

God has provided a way that we can bring American Family Talk Radio into the highly populated areas of Northern Virginia where thousands of Washington, D.C. commuters live. The challenge: AFA has already invested $1 million toward putting our AFR Talk signal on the air in the area west of the Potomac. By the time the project is complete, we will have spent another $1 million. AFR Talk needs to be on the air by January, 2016, because the upcoming national election will really start ramping up around that time.

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I believe bringing AFR Talk to the Washington, D.C. area is one of very best efforts we can make to that end. With your tax deductible gift today, we will continue AFA’s work to rebuild and restore the moral foundation upon which this nation was built.

Apparently, God provides Bryan Fischer with a microphone two hours each day so that he can share his personality disorder with thousands of people. More importantly, it sounds like AFA intends to use its network to influence the 2016 election.

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The option for AFA is to raise the funds through their 501(c)4 (AFA Action) but then they have to advise donors that contributions are not tax deductible. I doubt that AFR Talk complies with the rules during presidential campaigns. If I notice non-compliant activity I’ll refer it, along with the original email to the Service. That has the effect of putting a chance into the audit lottery drawing.  As for AFA, they are selectively moral. Their integrity is selective. Their civics are selective.

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.