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November 14, 1990 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
What did it mean? The half-page ad--echoing the tone of loyalty oaths that cowardly television networks made their employees sign during the "Red-scare" frenzy in the decade following World War II--appeared in several hundred newspapers Nov. 4-5. Out of the blue. No explanation. This was the title: "An Open Letter to the American People." This was the text: "Burger King wishes to go on record as supporting traditional American values on television, especially the importance of the family.
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November 22, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A conservative group canceled a two-day boycott of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. that was called for the two days after Thanksgiving to protest the retailer's support of gay-rights groups. The American Family Association acted after Wal-Mart pledged in a statement to stay away from controversial causes "unless they directly relate to our ability to serve our customers."
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November 22, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A conservative group canceled a two-day boycott of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. that was called for the two days after Thanksgiving to protest the retailer's support of gay-rights groups. The American Family Association acted after Wal-Mart pledged in a statement to stay away from controversial causes "unless they directly relate to our ability to serve our customers."
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April 4, 2006 | Claire Hoffman, Times Staff Writer
Wal-Mart to the producers of "Brokeback Mountain": We won't quit you. Today, the largest retailer in the U.S. starts selling DVDs of the film about a gay love affair between two ranchers, despite protests from a national Christian organization. The 3-million-member American Family Assn. initiated a campaign last week encouraging Wal-Mart customers to ask the company to refuse to stock the Universal film, whose director won an Academy Award last month, in its 3,900 stores. The Tupelo, Miss.
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July 2, 1996 | MARLA DICKERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Religious conservatives are turning up the heat on the Walt Disney Co. following last month's vote by the Southern Baptist Convention to boycott the entertainment giant over its gay-friendly employment policies and adult-themed films. The American Family Assn. (AFA), a Christian pressure group that has battled the entertainment industry for years over sex and violence in programming, is throwing its formidable public relations machinery behind the Disney boycott, according to AFA founder Rev.
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August 10, 1990 | CHUCK PHILIPS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A New York judge has barred a conservative religious organization from distributing a brochure containing out-of-context excerpts from a controversial New York artist's work. The judge also ruled late Wednesday that the Rev. Donald Wildmon and his American Family Assn., a Tupelo, Miss.-based media watchdog organization, must send a court-approved correction to the 4,000 churches, members of Congress and others who received the pamphlet.
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June 18, 1990 | ALLAN PARACHINI and DENNIS McDOUGAL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A confluence of seemingly separate events--the Florida obscenity imbroglio over the rap group2 Live Crew and the Washington meltdown of the National Endowment for the Arts--has intensified concern in the arts community over far broader threats to freedom of expression. It is--and always has been--a mistake, so this thinking concludes, to perceive the 2 Live Crew and NEA crises as unrelated entities.
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July 4, 1996 | Marla Dickerson
The Southern Baptists and the Christian conservative American Family Assn. aren't the only high-profile groups boycotting Walt Disney Co. At the other end of the political spectrum, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has launched its own boycott to protest Wild Animal Kingdom, Disney's live-animal theme park scheduled to open in Orlando, Fla., in 1998. Ingrid Newkirk, president of the Norfolk, Va.
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July 25, 1992 | From Religious News Service
When television's fictional Murphy Brown had a child out of wedlock last spring, it was too much for Vice President Dan Quayle. And when the show's co-creator decided to attack Quayle recently, it was too much for the Rev. Donald Wildmon of the American Family Assn. As a result, sponsors of the "Murphy Brown" series on CBS have become the latest boycott targets of Wildmon and his association based in Tupelo, Miss.
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July 26, 1990 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
Why isn't ABC rerunning a "China Beach" episode about abortion this summer? "China Beach's" producers are under the impression that fear of again losing advertisers over the episode's abortion theme--which prompted a number of sponsors to withdraw when it aired Jan. 31--prompted ABC to reject it as a summer rerun. "Call it what you like, but it's censorship," charged producer Lydia Woodward, blaming advertisers even more than ABC.
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March 14, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Nineteen conservative groups said Monday that they would reinstate a boycott of Ford Motor Co., contending that the automaker reneged on an agreement to stop supporting gay rights organizations. The groups set up a website urging supporters not to buy Ford vehicles after the automaker said in December that it would continue running advertisements in gay publications. The American Family Assn.
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March 5, 1998 | JANET WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A retired police officer who wanted to counsel sexual assault victims has sued Orange County, saying he had to drop out of a volunteer training program because he believes homosexuality is "sinful and harmful." Adding potency to the case, Jim Tarvin is being represented by the American Family Assn., an ultraconservative Christian pressure group. Headed by the Rev. Donald Wildmon, the group is known for its boycotts of companies it believes are not promoting "traditional family values."
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July 4, 1996 | Marla Dickerson
The Southern Baptists and the Christian conservative American Family Assn. aren't the only high-profile groups boycotting Walt Disney Co. At the other end of the political spectrum, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has launched its own boycott to protest Wild Animal Kingdom, Disney's live-animal theme park scheduled to open in Orlando, Fla., in 1998. Ingrid Newkirk, president of the Norfolk, Va.
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July 2, 1996 | MARLA DICKERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Religious conservatives are turning up the heat on the Walt Disney Co. following last month's vote by the Southern Baptist Convention to boycott the entertainment giant over its gay-friendly employment policies and adult-themed films. The American Family Assn. (AFA), a Christian pressure group that has battled the entertainment industry for years over sex and violence in programming, is throwing its formidable public relations machinery behind the Disney boycott, according to AFA founder Rev.
BUSINESS
July 2, 1996 | MARLA DICKERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Religious conservatives are turning up the heat on Walt Disney Co. following last month's vote by the Southern Baptist Convention to boycott the entertainment giant over its gay-friendly employment policies and adult-themed films. The American Family Assn.
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June 13, 1995 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The American Family Assn., an influential Christian lobbying group, has urged a boycott of products made by Unilever, a leading sponsor of "NYPD Blue" and other TV shows that the group considers excessively violent, profane or sexual. The group announced the boycott in a full-page ad in Sunday's New York Times after its attempts to meet with Unilever executives failed.
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March 18, 1989
By spreading the American flag on the floor to be walked upon, California Institute of the Arts student Adam Greene says he's "standing up for free speech" ("Uproar 'Round the Flag," Metro, March 7). So, what's your message, Mr. Greene? Don't you like the design? Do you find this country so repugnant that it deserves to have its national symbol trampled? Just what is it you're saying? Well, most people agree that it's a pretty nice looking flag.
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August 25, 1993 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fundamentalist minister Donald E. Wildmon, in his continuing campaign against ABC's controversial new police series "NYPD Blue," claimed Tuesday that 25 ABC affiliate stations have decided not to air the first episode. ABC officials disputed the figure, saying the number was closer to 16, most of them smaller stations. Wildmon, head of the American Family Assn.
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July 25, 1992 | From Religious News Service
When television's fictional Murphy Brown had a child out of wedlock last spring, it was too much for Vice President Dan Quayle. And when the show's co-creator decided to attack Quayle recently, it was too much for the Rev. Donald Wildmon of the American Family Assn. As a result, sponsors of the "Murphy Brown" series on CBS have become the latest boycott targets of Wildmon and his association based in Tupelo, Miss.
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