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March 5, 1998 |
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."
July 4, 1996 |
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.
July 2, 1996 |
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.
June 13, 1995 |
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.
August 25, 1993 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 1992 |
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.