Americans for Truth about Homosexuality
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Americans for Truth about Homosexuality
|Mission||"To expose the homosexual activist agenda"|
Americans for Truth about Homosexuality (AFTAH) is an organization which describes its mission as "exposing the homosexual activist agenda". AFTAH rejects the idea that sexual orientation is inborn 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.
AFTAH was formed as a part-time enterprise in 1996 to oppose the "radical homosexual agenda." It was reorganized in 2006 by Peter LaBarbera. 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. AFTAH's tax exempt status was reinstated in 2012. AFTAH rejects the idea of inborn sexual orientation and believes that "homosexual practice" is always wrong but that people can "leave the homosexual lifestyle". AFTAH contends that there is a fundamental conflict between gay rights and religious freedom.
Second Tax-Exempt Revocation
On October 5, 2015 the Internal Revenue Service revoked the tax-exempt status of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality retroactive to May 15, 2015.
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."
In 2002, LaBarbera compared the alleged dangers of homosexuality to those of "smoking, alcohol and drug abuse".
In 2007, LaBarbera said there was "a disproportionate incidence of pedophilia" among gay men – a claim refuted by the American Psychological Association. The same year, he posted literature that made a series of false claims about gays running the German Nazi Party.
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. That same year, LaBarbera, while speaking at the Reclaiming Oklahoma for Christ Conference, called for a government study of the dangers of homosexual sex.
Core principles and beliefs
AFTAH states that it has the following core principles and beliefs:
- 1: "Homosexual behavior and trans-gender rebellion are morally wrong as they defy Nature and Nature’s God."
- 2: "Homosexuality is not the basis for a healthy self-identity; embracing homosexual or transgender lifestyles/behaviors is a very bad and destructive choice."
- 3: "Homosexuality is about What You Do, not Who You Are. Everyone is responsible before God for his or her sexual conduct."
- 4: "Homosexualism and gender confusion are not the basis for civil rights."
- 5: "All people as human beings created in the image of God deserve respect; all behaviors and ideologies do not."
- 6: "Unlike race and ethnicity, homosexuality is not immutable: people can pursue virtuous change and leave aberrant sex- and transgender lifestyles behind."
- 7: "All sex outside of a faithful marriage between one man and one woman is morally wrong. Singling out homosexuality while ignoring other sexual sins is unacceptable."
- 8: "Homosexual practice is extremely unhealthy, because Nature itself discriminates against homosexuality."
- 9: "People embracing homosexualism and trans-gender confusion, like all people caught up in self and sin, need the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the gracious, truthful outreach of compassionate Christians."
- 10: "It is wrong to hate people, but defending biblical teachings and Natural Law morality on sex and marriage is not “hate.” Nor is it “bigotry.”"
- 11: "Out-and-proud homosexualism and transsexualism are incompatible with historic, faithful Christianity."
- 12: "Today’s “gay” movement is rooted in the lies of the media-hyped Sexual Revolution, most notably the discredited work of pseudo-scientist Dr. Alfred Kinsey, America’s first “sex researcher.”"
- 13: "AFTAH condemns all violence perpetrated against people practicing or advocating homosexuality or other sexual/gender perversions, including Muslim Sharia Law barbarities committed against alleged homosexuals."
- Parents Action League
- Heterosexuals Organized for a Moral Environment
- List of organizations designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center as anti-gay hate groups
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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.