Americans for Truth about Homosexuality

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Americans for Truth
about Homosexuality
AFTAH Logo.jpg
Americans for Truth about Homosexuality
Founded 1996
Founder Peter LaBarbera
Tax ID no. 54-1829289 (EIN)
Location
Revenue $110,000 (2009)[1]
Mission "To expose the homosexual activist agenda"
Website americansfortruth.com

Americans for Truth about Homosexuality (AFTAH) is an organization which describes its mission as "exposing the homosexual activist agenda".[2] AFTAH rejects the idea of inborn sexual orientation and believes that people can "leave the homosexual lifestyle". It was formed as a part-time enterprise in 1996 and was reorganized in 2006 by Peter LaBarbera.

History[edit]

AFTAH was formed as a part-time enterprise in 1996 to oppose the "radical homosexual agenda." It was reorganized in 2006 by Peter LaBarbera.[3] It was a 501(c)3 United States tax-exempt organization until stripped of that designation in 2010 following years of failing to file the appropriate paperwork.[4] AFTAH's tax exempt status was reinstated in 2012.[5] AFTAH rejects the idea of inborn sexual orientation and believes that "homosexual practice" is always wrong but that people can "leave the homosexual lifestyle".[6] AFTAH contends that there is a fundamental conflict between gay rights and religious freedom.[7]

Activism[edit]

In 1997, LaBarbera, then an editor for the Family Research Council, criticized US President Bill Clinton for supporting the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) stating: "He's out there using his presidential power to boost the gay lobby. I think there is an increasing acceptance [of homosexuality], but the majority of Americans are put off by the kind of homosexual advocacy they are seeing."[8]

In 2002, LaBarbera compared the alleged dangers of homosexuality to those of "smoking, alcohol and drug abuse".[3]

In 2007, LaBarbera said there was "a disproportionate incidence of pedophilia" among gay men—a claim refuted by the American Psychological Association.[9] The same year, he posted literature that made a series of false claims about gays running the German Nazi Party.[3]

In 2009, AFTAH filed a lawsuit in US Federal Court against a Naperville, Illinois, Holiday Inn Select, because of the cancellation of a banquet the AFTAH planned to hold October 6, 2007, at the hotel. The hotel cancelled the AFTAH event after learning that it would likely draw protests from the Chicago-based Gay Liberation Network.[10] That same year, LaBarbera, while speaking at the Reclaiming Oklahoma for Christ Conference, called for a government study of the dangers of homosexual sex.[11]

Criticism[edit]

In 2010, AFTAH was designated as an anti-gay hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) for spreading "hateful propaganda", and claiming that homosexuality can be "cured".[12][13]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "IRS Form 990 federal tax return". GuideStar. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
  2. ^ "About Americans for Truth and Founder Peter LaBarbera". Americans for Truth. Retrieved August 2, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c Schlatter, Evelyn. "18 Anti-Gay Groups and Their Propaganda". Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved August 2, 2011. 
  4. ^ Harmon, Andrew. "IRS Revokes Antigay Group's Tax Exempt Status". The Advocate. Retrieved 2011-08-02. 
  5. ^ LaBarbera, Peter. "IRS Reinstates Americans For Truth About Homosexuality as 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Organization". Americans For Truth About Homosexuality. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  6. ^ "About Americans for Truth and Founder Peter LaBarbera". AFTAH. Retrieved September 9, 2012. 
  7. ^ "First civil unions". Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL). June 3, 2011. Retrieved September 9, 2012.  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)
  8. ^ Thurman, Skip (November 7, 1997). "Clinton to Openly Advocate Gay Rights". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved September 9, 2012. 
  9. ^ Schlatter, Evelyn (2010). "10 Anti-Gay Myths Debunked". Intelligence Report. Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved September 9, 2012. 
  10. ^ Cichon, Kathy (August 31, 2009). "Christian group sues Naperville hotel". The Herald News (Joliet, IL). Retrieved September 9, 2012.  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)
  11. ^ Witkowski, D'Anne (July 30, 2009). "Creep of the Week: Peter LaBarbera". Between the Lines. Retrieved September 9, 2012.  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)
  12. ^ Dininny, Shannon (January 16, 2012). "Civil-rights history gets boost; Whitman College students to teach subject this week". The Seattle Times (Seattle, WA). 
  13. ^ Cruz, Hector (August 26, 2010). "Naperville anti-gay group slams Elisabeth Hasselbeck for recent pro-gay marriage remarks". Chicago Examiner (Chicago, IL). "Earlier this year, AFTAH was labeled as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) for spreading hateful proganda, and claiming that homosexuality can be cured." 

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