Is the American Family Association (AFA) worthy?

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  1. AF Guy N Paradise

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    It is that time of year for the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) again at all military installations and other federal institutions. I always like to give and I do have one good charity I always give to and will again this year.

    However, I would like to find a second charity to give to and from what I can see the American Family Association (AFA) is a solid organization of Christians standing up for the family.

    I don't know a whole lot about this organization but their website looks pretty good at a glance in regards to what they stand for and try to accomplish. Does anyone know about this organization more thoroughly? Thanks.

    Since we don't have to tithe like another thread states should we even bother giving to other charities and organizations?

    Here is the link to their website:

    http://www.afa.net/
     
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    I like the AFA because they always send me emails that keep me updated on what's going on. I've been able to sign many petitions and contact my senators or representatives concerning important issues. This has propted my senators to write back and let me know their stance on certain legislation, which in turn has helped me know who to vote for or against in the next election. Sometimes they do email me asking for donations, but I'm not really offended by that. If I can't give financially, I can still pray!
     
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    I certainly hope my thread hasn't done harm to charity. That is the last thing I would want. :(
     
  4. I Am Blessed 24

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    Me too, and in my opinion, it is a very worthy cause. They also help to get objectionable shows and commercials off the air waves.
     
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    I don't need any help doing that. I either turn off the set or switch the channel. Voila!! Problem solved without some big brother organization "protecting" me from something they find offensive.
     
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    But what about all the kids who don't have anyone monitoring what they watch???
     
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    Do you really want everything dumbed down to the level of appropriateness for a four year old? I don't. Somewhere personal responsibility and parental oversight come into play. Is every parent responsible? Of course not. Does that mean we make everything for a child? Nope.

    Don Wildmon and his watchdogs are a bunch of busybodies with nothing to occupy their time except to try to impose their vision of morality on the society at large, IMO.
     
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    So, people who tirelessly work to rid evil in our country are "busybodies?" If it's wrong for my children to watch trash, it's wrong for me, too. God doesn't have a separate list of sins for different ages. Wrong is wrong, period.

    A very wise person once said that for evil to prevail, good men must do nothing. This is exactly why we have so much crime and sin running rampant--because "good men" hide their heads in the sand instead of joining the battle. We have a DUTY to fight sin, not ignore it in hopes that it won't affect us!:BangHead:

    While I don't feel as strongly as the AFA about certain issues, I for one am not going to condemn them for fighting for morality. Thank God someone has enough guts to take a stand.
     
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    While I don't look for programs to be "dumbed down to the level of appropriateness for a four year old", I DO know that Hollywood sets the climate for what is appropriate and acceptable and what they push is not what the majority of Americans believe. While there are programs that are on later at night that are only appropriate for adults, I do not want those programs on during the day - when so many children are home...alone...without their working parents... and to feel that this is "normal". Honestly, I think that TV is the medium that is indoctrinating so many children to the idea that premarital sex, fornication, homosexuality and absolute disrespect is completely normal. It's not. Yes, I can turn off my TV and I do. There's no question about that but when a TV show comes on showing pornography at 8PM, then I'm going to raise a fuss. If I want that, I can order a porn channel on my cable (and I SO don't want that) - otherwise I'd like a nice family program that my kids, my husband and I can watch together and enjoy. Honestly, we're now picking up the old TV shows on DVD so that we KNOW we can enjoy TV together. There's just about nothing worth it left on TV.
     
  10. Lagardo

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    If you are looking for a Christian charity, keep looking. AFA does is not on a Christian mission, they don't even have Christ in their mission statement.

    I had a professor that always said, "there is a big difference between good stuff and God stuff." AFA may be doing good stuff, but there are places doing God stuff.
     
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    My grandson is not 4-years-old. He is 13 and that is the worst age to see the sexually explicit commercials. Of course I turn the channel, but it is usually too late.

    One commercial AFA recently got taken off the TV was the commercial about "Flat Buns" by Hardees. It went way beyond 'suggestive' when that gal in the spandex started doing her dance...

    We Christians need all the help we can get for our teens (that's when Satan gets most of them) and I give AFA :thumbs: :thumbs:
     
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    To blanketly state that there is nothing good on TV is just wrong. Ever watch The Hallmark Channel? National Geographic Channel? Old shows on Nick at Night? How about The Discovery Channel?

    And age appropriate has nothing to do with being wrong. There are subjects that are not age appropriate for 13 year olds that are fine for adults. Children cannot follow many subplots, have no knowledge of legal issues on shows about the legal system.

    As for the Hardees / Carl's Jr. ad with the flat buns thing, that was just stupid more than anything else. But you and I are probably not the target demographic.

    I stand by my statement..the so-called Rev. Wildmon and the AFA need to get another hobby. I hope the day never comes when the moral crusaders bring us back to the Comstock laws and the Hayes code.

    I repeat...the best monitor for children is parental involvement. Too many parents let kids watch whatever they want, chat on the web with adults, and on and on. When my grandkids are here, grandpa and grandma help choose and monitor their entertainment. That is as it should be.
     
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    If you are addressing ME, please stop putting words in my mouth, sir!

    I have NEVER stated that there is nothing good on TV!

    We watch the channels you mentioned all the time (with the exception of Nick at Night), plus Animal Planet, History Channel, and Family Channel.

    I still object to the commercials. I definitely monitor my grandson's viewing habits. Actually, he is too busy with church, work and school to do much watching at all, but we belong to NetFlix and we get the movies we want to watch without any commercials.

    As far as the Internet goes, I have NetNanny on my computer, but Brent is STILL not allowed to be online without my permission and I know exactly where he goes.

    Unfortunately, many children do not have parents or grandparents that care what they watch, so my opinion is still :thumbs: :thumbs: to AFA!

    BTW, it's just not about TV, it is also about bills that should/should not be passed. By myself, I could do nothing, but with millions of emails and phone calls going to the Congressmen and Senators (via AFA) we get the job done... :type:
     
  14. Magnetic Poles

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    Sue,

    I never put words in your mouth. That reply was to another poster.
     
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    Kudo's to you for being so vigilant in monitoring your son's viewing habits. Unfortunately, it only takes a few seconds of watching a racy commercial to plant a seed so you really must be really on top of it. Or throw out your TV antenna, and just watch pre- reviewed movies.

    Do you like Netflix? I understand how it works so no need to explain. We are considering signing up. Do they have the less popular Christian movies? We watch very few movies but enough to make it worth it (depending upon the selection)
     
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    I support the AFA. As one poster said, they are good at keeping folks informed and they provide a strong voice for preserving the family in an increasingly hostile and debauched society.

    Ignore Magnetic Poles. He isn't worth the trouble.

    Christ doesn't have to be in the mission statement for an organization to be a Christian organization. There is no mention of God in the book of Esther. Doesn't mean He isn't in every verse.
     
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    (Please accept my apology MP. I thought you were addressing me.)

    We love it!

    Yes. Most of the movies we rent are Christian. The rest are usually animal shows, i.e. Black Stallion, White Fang, etc.

    That is where I got Facing the Giants to watch and also the first movie the same church produced, but I can't think of the name right now. They are both excellent movies.

    I have run across Christian movies that I've never heard of...some I liked and some I could do without.

    They also have all of the old classics.

    We get three movies a week, but I think we're cutting back to two a week because Brent is so busy that we just don't have time to watch them. It's a squeeze to get even one in, now that school has started.

    Friday night is movie night at our house with popcorn and the works. When basketball starts, that will change to Saturday night because Brent's games are on Friday night.

    Try it...you'll like it! There is no contract, so you can cancel anytime without a penalty or anything.
     
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    It was me saying that there is nothing good on TV anymore. Yes, that's a blanket statement and I'd say it's pretty close to accurate. There ARE a couple of decent shows but they are very few and far between. When I say TV, I'm talking network TV. We DO end up watching a lot of TV Land, Animal Planet, Discovery Channel (carefully), HGTV, the Food Network and sometimes Nick Jr. and Disney Channel (I have little ones). But even some of those channels need to be watched - and some of the commercials are still sketchy enough that they make me nervous.
     
  19. Magnetic Poles

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    Yes bro. I love you too.

    I have not attacked anyone...only stated my opinions, yet you charge in with the ad hominems. You are a swell guy! Just because my opinions don't line up with yours, you act the fool. So sad.

    BTW, if my opinions upset you, please feel free to put me on ignore. It isn't hard to do.
     
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    Wow. What a selection of wholesome movies! I got 5 disks of "The best of It's a Miracle" starring John Boy. Thanks alot :)
     

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