The American Family Association (AFA) is listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as an extremist hate group. In early March 2015, the AFA extremist hate group created an ‘Anti-Christian Bigotry Map’ and included a reference to MRFF on this map purporting to identify “groups and organizations that openly display bigotry toward the Christian faith”. MRFF President and Founder Mikey Weinstein noted that the AFA’s action was essentially “trolling for assassins” since similar types of maps have been used in the past by unstable people to engage in acts of violence. MRFF attorneys immediately contacted the AFA regarding their blatant and willfully false characterization of MRFF.
To increase pressure on the AFA, MRFF placed a full page ad on Easter Sunday (April 5, 2015) in the AFA’s hometown newspaper, the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. The ad stated:
AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION
Religion Rules Iran, Not the USA
Accompanying this notice was an image of the U.S. Constitution (under the heading ‘USA Law’) juxtaposed with an image of the Bible (under the heading ‘AFA Law’).
On Monday April 5, 2015, the AFA attempted to respond to MRFF with a feeble effort at mimicking MRFF’s newspaper ad by posting a statement ontheir website that “These laws (image of Constitution) are based on these laws (image of Bible)”. This assertion was weakly supported by the following quote from Noah Webster:
“The moral principles and precepts contained in the Scriptures ought [emphasis added] to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws.”
The AFA’s impotent response to MRFF’s ad clearly revealed their democratically repugnant desire for the establishment of a theocracy within the United States. The AFA response also revealed their extremely tenuous grasp on reality and history due to Noah Webster’s numerous and well documented historical statements that were strongly in favor of the separation of church and state. The Webster quote used by the AFA was obviously wishful thinking (at best) in Webster’s later years and clearly not a statement of fact.