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- Overall, we rate Americans For Truth about Homosexuality (AFTAH) Questionable based on extreme right wing bias, lack of transparency, promotion of propaganda and designation as a Christian Hate Group by another organization.
Reasoning: Extreme Right, Anti-LGBTQ, Hate Group, Lack of Transparency, Propaganda
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 48/180
Launched in 1996, Americans For Truth about Homosexuality (AFTAH) describes itself on their About Page as an “educational group” with a goal of “exposing the homosexual-bisexual-transgender activist agendas.” Peter LaBarbera, is the founder and the President. The about page further explains their mission as “AFTAH seeks to apply the same single-minded determination to opposing the radical homosexual agenda and standing for God-ordained sexuality and the natural family as countless homosexual groups do in promoting their harmful agenda.”
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Funded by / Ownership
Americans For Truth about Homosexuality (AFTAH) was formerly a non-profit 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization, however in May 2010, the IRS revoked their status after it “failed to file multiple required 990 forms for three consecutive years.” Currently, the organization is funded through donations and does not disclose financial information.
Analysis / Bias
Peter LaBarbera states his views in a blog post, in which he states “As America and the West rapidly de-Christianize, the physical, spiritual, and moral threats to our children rise, seemingly in inverse proportion to the expanding godless chaos. The LGBTQ movement, essentially a powerful, well-marketed sin movement, is right up there with radical feminists in tearing down centuries-old norms and our children’s innocence in the process.”
In review, the website features a link to Pro-Truth resources, which essentially links to far right Christian organizations and to other hate groups such as the Family Research Council. AFTAH also features a blog that is presumably written by Peter LaBarbera, though there isn’t much information to make that determination. The blog features loaded emotional wording such as this: Legal “Gay Marriage” Ruling Was Built on a Lie. In another story they demonstrate support for President Trump: Trump Flushes Obama’s Transgender Bathroom School Order – HRC in a Tizzy. In general, the sole purpose of this website is to promote far right Christian propaganda against the LGBTQ, through the use of poor sources such as LifeSiteNews and Breitbart.
Further, according to The Southern Poverty Law Center, Americans For Truth about Homosexuality (AFTAH) is a hate group.
Overall, we rate Americans For Truth about Homosexuality (AFTAH) Questionable based on extreme right wing bias, lack of transparency, promotion of propaganda and designation as a Christian Hate Group by another organization. (M. Huitsing 6/18/2019)
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