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AFA Journal, June, 2002 edition

A&F exploits teens with sex-filled clothing catalog
If there is a tome that explicitly toasts the growing hedonism of our day, it is the new quarterly catalog of popular clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch (A&F).

Entitled A&F Quarterly Issue, Wet Hot Summer Fun, the catalog has a large “XXX” rating to indicate that the company revels in the book’s pornographic content. Of the catalog’s 280 pages, the first 119 are filled with photographs loaded with male and female nudity, sexual imagery, and sexual themes, including homosexuality, fornication, sexual bondage and even implied bestiality. (A&F mailed out a shorter, less offensive version.)

In an editorial in late April The Wall Street Journal said the catalog “looks more like a 300-page soft-core porn magazine than the mail-order catalog it purports to be.” The newspaper added, “For a clothing catalog, its models certainly spend a lot of time in the buff.”

The Wall Street Journal’s sentiments echo those of pro-family groups who, for the last couple of years, have been chronicling the escalation of the A&F catalog’s sexual imagery. During the uproar over last summer’s catalog, Bill Johnson of the American Decency Association said the company “knows that sex sells, they know that youth gravitate toward sexual things, and they’ve been able to push the envelope and get away with it by way of the types of sexualized catalogs that they have been pushing.”

In the past A&F received so much flak about the content of its catalog that the company began distributing it in a sealed plastic bag, and said it would refuse to sell the catalog to anyone under age 18.

AFA President Don Wildmon said he wasn’t impressed by that. “You don’t see a lot of adults wearing clothes with the A&F label. The company clearly markets its product to young people, and minors will get their hands on the catalog,” he said. “As for college-age students, if they mimic the reckless sexuality expressed in the catalog, it will come at great personal and societal cost.”

A company like A&F “is free to market itself as it pleases,” said The Wall Street Journal. “But in a free economy, the public is equally free to vote with its credit card and shop elsewhere.”

NASCAR, Coke, Richard Petty regret Movie Gallery partnership
AFA efforts cause companies to re-evaluate policies
Movie Gallery is finding its partnership with three major corporations a hard pill to swallow. That’s because NASCAR, Coca-Cola and Richard Petty Enterprises say they would never have done business with Movie Gallery, had they been aware it was a hard-core video porn distributor.

In April, Movie Gallery, a national video rental store chain which rents hard-core sex videos from its in-store Adult Gallery, announced a partnership with Coca-Cola, the National Association of Stock Car Racing (NASCAR), and racing legend Richard Petty. Through the agreement, Movie Gallery distributed game pieces for a chance to win trips to NASCAR races, discounts on movie rentals, or attend a Richard Petty driving school. The “Days of Thunder Movie Trivia Game” ran April 8 through May 19.

The companies say, unfortunately, they had already signed a partnership contract with Movie Gallery and were legally obligated to continue the promotion.

Jim Hannigan, spokesperson for Richard Petty Enterprises, said, “I can assure you [Richard Petty] does not want to be involved with [Movie Gallery]. He wouldn’t want that at all.”

“This certainly doesn’t reflect the image families have come to expect from NASCAR, Coca-Cola, or Richard Petty,” said Randy Sharp, director of special projects for AFA. “All three have told AFA, if they had known the truth about Movie Gallery, the partnership would never have occurred.” Movie Gallery has been the target of a national boycott by the AFA since last year after the company refused to eliminate thousands of sexually explicit videos from back rooms, despite numerous protests outside its stores. The Mississippi Department of Health and the National Hepatitis B Foundation have stated businesses like Movie Gallery, which sell or rent pornographic videos, present the danger of transmitting certain diseases to customers and employees.

Coca-Cola responded to consumers by writing: “The Coca-Cola Company does not condone or endorse pornography. We are supporting our partner, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR), in a promotion with Movie Gallery that offers NASCAR-related prizes. We take our consumers’ concerns very seriously and will share them with the management at Movie Gallery.”

NASCAR Vice-President of Corporate Communications Jim Hunter went further. “We’ll have to more closely scrutinize any promotion we get into. This is a wake-up call for us. We take our family ties very seriously. We would have not been a participant had we known the facts about Movie Gallery.”

Use the contact information below to encourage these companies:

Chairman Douglas N. Daft
1 Coca-Cola Plaza
Atlanta, GA 30313
Toll free: 1-800-438-2653

President Mike Helton
1801 W. International Speedway Blvd.
Daytona Beach, FL 32115
Phone: 386-253-0611

Richard Petty Enterprises
President Richard Petty
6022 Victory Lane
Concord, NC 28027
Phone: 704-455-9443

Court leaves children unprotected
In a stunning loss for families, law enforcement and especially children, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on April 16 that portions of the Child Pornography Protection Act (CPPA) of 1996 were unconstitutional. Pro-family groups consider the decision a tremendous setback in the drive to halt the spread of child pornography.

The case, Ashcroft v. Free Speech Coalition, involved the question of computer-generated images made to appear like child pornography. The CPPA prohibited “any visual depiction, including any photograph, film, video, picture, or computer or computer-generated image or picture” that “is, or appears to be, of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct.”

The Court ruled 6-3 that the statute was unconstitutionally overbroad, because in addition to prohibiting actual and simulated acts of “hard-core” child pornography, it could be enforced against movies like Oscar-winner American Beauty or Oscar-nominated Traffic, in which it appears that minors are engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

However, Stephen M. Crampton, Chief Counsel of the AFA Center for Law & Policy (CLP), said the high court’s reasoning was not very compelling. Crampton argued that the law has been on the books for six years and has not been used to target films such as American Beauty. “The fact is that the Department of Justice has brought cases under this law, but they’ve never once applied it to a mainstream film,” he said.

While admitting that the wording of the CPPA was not perfect, Crampton said the court threw the baby out with the bathwater. “The Supreme Court’s decision sends the message that we as a society do not believe that the sexualization of our children is that bad a thing,” he said. “If the court really believed otherwise, the majority would have upheld the law, narrowed its reach, and saved it. This, in fact, was what Chief Justice William Rehnquist said in his dissent.”

Crampton added that he expected the ruling to chill federal and state efforts to crack down on child pornography.

Major hotels welcome sexual perversion
Many major hotel chains are changing their once family-friendly face by offering adult movies as part of their pay-per-view selections. But a recent flurry of controversy has engulfed three major chains, after their local hotels have welcomed sexually perverse conferences.

Some Ramada Inn, Howard Johnson and Hilton hotels have been the focus of pro-family reaction after opening their arms to conventions that focus on the practice of sadomasochism. Ramada Inns in Michigan and Illinois, for example, hosted such conferences in April, while a St. Louis-area Howard Johnson welcomed the “Beat Me in St. Louis” sex meeting. A Hilton hotel in Oklahoma also hosted a sadomasochistic event.

According to WorldNetDaily, the Hilton conference included workshops on “Suturing and Cutting,” “Body Punching,” “Humiliation and Objectification,” “Branding,” and other how-to seminars which taught about the use of whips, electric cattle prods and torture toys.

Mark Davis, general manager of the Hilton Oklahoma City Northwest hotel, told WorldNetDaily that his only concern was whether a group could pay for the desired rental space and whether the hotel facilities were large enough to accommodate the expected number of participants. “We do not try to make a judgment about what they are or what they do,” he said.

Hilton’s national Vice President of Corporate Communications said the same thing: “[W]e don’t discriminate.”

The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has called for a boycott of the Howard Johnson hotel chain until it promises to quit hosting such perverse gatherings. In April the SBC announced it had canceled a block of rooms reserved for delegates to the denomination’s annual convention in St. Louis in June.

The SBC made the move after discovering that the Howard Johnson hotel near the St. Louis airport was hosting the sadomasochistic convention.

AgapePress, 4/5/02, 4/9/02;, 2/14/02, 4/15/02

Students’ religious beliefs ridiculed in class
During a sex education lesson led by a representative of Planned Parenthood, students at Arcata High School in Arcata, California, were subjected to public ridicule for their religious beliefs about homosexuality.

According to Family News in Focus, the school had invited representatives of Planned Parenthood to address students. One of the guest speakers, Debbie Hartridge, had students stand in a circle. Hartridge then asked the question, “Do you have a religious belief about homosexuality that considers it a sin and wrong?” Those who did were told they had to remain alone in the circle.

Hartridge admitted that “the children who answered ‘yes’ had to stay in the circle. This caused them to feel very demeaned, put down.”

AFA President Don Wildmon said, “That was Planned Parenthood’s intent. This is nothing more than homosexual activists indoctrinating children.”

Hartridge said she would not teach the class that way again, but some Arcata parents are suing the school district for its antagonism toward Christianity.

Family News in Focus, 4/17/02

Victoria’s Secret special not ‘too sexy’ for FCC
Although scores of disgusted Americans complained about the obscene content of the Victoria’s Secret television “fashion” show last fall, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently ruled that the program didn’t meet the definition of indecent TV programming.

In order to be classified as indecent, the FCC said material must depict or describe “sexual or excretory activities or organs in a patently offensive manner as measured by contemporary community standards for the broadcast medium.”

Daily Variety reported the agency’s premise that individuals making complaints did not satisfactorily prove that the “sexual aspects of the material” met its definition. Furthermore, the FCC said that, as a government agency, it must take into account the fact that “such material is protected under the first amendment.”

ABC, which aired the show, insisted that the show was appropriately labeled for mature audiences. Concerned citizens, however, complained that the Victoria’s Secret program aired during the so-called “family hour” time slot (9:00 p.m. ET), when unsuspecting young children might happen upon it.

Daily Variety, 3/26/02

Interfaith group honors blasphemous show
A group of religious communications professionals praised an episode of the popular NBC drama The West Wing, in which the lead character cursed God.

The Religion Communicators Council (RCC), an international interfaith association, recently presented the 2001 Wilbur Award for television drama to The West Wing. The RCC lauded the drama’s award-winning episode, entitled “Two Cathedrals,” in which the lead character, played by actor Martin Sheen, swears at God while standing in the National Cathedral following the funeral for his long-time secretary.

Randall Murphree, editor of the AFA Journal, said The West Wing should not be honored by a religious group. Sheen’s character “denounces God using profanity and refers to Him as a ‘feckless thug,’” Murphree said. “It’s just incredible that the Religion Communicators Council would honor this episode as worthy of recognition.”

A spokesman for the RCC defended the group’s actions, saying The West Wing episode portrayed Sheen’s character yelling at God in language similar to Old Testament prophets.

Murphree dismissed that assessment. “The Old Testament never records any prophet as blaspheming God, or even using language that is ‘similar’ to cursing,” he said.

According to the RCC, the basic criteria for the Wilbur Awards include content, creativity, execution, and results. But the ultimate criterion, the group states, is “excellence in the communication of religion’s values.”

AgapePress, 4/5/02

R-rated films didn’t fare well; PG-13 is deceptive
Moviegoers in 2001 continued a trend in preferring films that are or appear to be more family-friendly, box office results show. However, the fact that PG-13-rated movies generally fared better than R-rated films may not be much comfort to concerned parents.

In 2001, of the top 20 grossing films, only three were rated R, while 11 were rated PG-13. Dove Foundation president Dick Rolfe said while it is encouraging to note that “films don’t have to have sex and violence and profanity” to be profitable, many moviemakers are unfortunately drawing a very, very thin line between what is PG-13 and what is rated R. Rolfe said many PG-13 films are only a few edits shy of earning an R rating.

One case in point: the movie The Fast and the Furious. Plugged In magazine editor Bob Smithouser said the movie took the PG-13 rating right up to the line.

“PG-13s now have a way of pushing that right up to the edge of an R, so it can be a bit deceptive, and I think that families need to get online and read what they can about the content of a film before they make a decision,” Smithouser said.

An annual study of the major movies released theatrically in the U.S. continues to show that movies with very strong Christian worldviews do much better at the box office than the competition with non-Christian worldviews.

The Christian Film & Television Commission ministry’s Annual Report to Hollywood shows that movies released in 2001 with a very strong Christian worldview earned nearly twice as much money on average ($44 million) than those with a very strong non-Christian or anti-Christian worldview ($23 million).
Family News in Focus, 3/26/02; ASSIST News Service, 3/19/02

Carrier dumps Boy Scouts over homosexual policy
The Carrier Corporation air conditioner company has decided to stop supporting the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) because of the youth organization’s policy banning homosexuals from leadership.

A Carrier spokesman said the company declined to buy or sell tickets this year for the annual Boypower Dinner of the Hiawatha Seaway Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Carrier’s decision to punish the Scouts this year will affect young boys in five upstate New York counties served by the Hiawatha Council: Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson and St. Lawrence. Last year Carrier raised more than $42,025 for the Hiawatha BSA through combined donations and corporate dinner ticket sales, according to The Associated Press.

Randy Sharp, Director of Special Projects for AFA, contacted the company to verify the move. Charles Eschenfelder, Carrier’s corporate communications manager, confirmed that Carrier pulled funding as a result of BSA’s ban on homosexuals in leadership. “Carrier’s employment policies clearly prohibit any type of discrimination and our ability to support community based organizations is limited; therefore we strive to direct resources to organizations that share our company’s goals for community betterment,” he said.

AFA President Don Wildmon blasted the company. “This is a consumer-driven company saying they prefer to support men who have sex with men rather than American boys who promise to stay ‘morally straight,’” he said. “I can only assume Carrier isn’t concerned with the idea of homosexuals sharing tents with young boys.”

President Geraud Darnis
Carrier World Headquarters
One Carrier Place
Farmington, CT 06034-4015
Phone: (860) 674-3006
Fax: (860) 674-3139
Phone: 1-800-227-7437 or 1-800-Carrier

City rescinds law rather than go to court
A federal lawsuit caused the city of Madison, Wisconsin, to repeal an ordinance that was allegedly used to violate the constitutional rights of two Christians – even before the case went to trial.

The AFA Center for Law & Policy (CLP) filed the lawsuit on behalf of Pastor Ralph Ovadal, director of Wisconsin Christians United, which had organized protests against the promotion of homosexuality. On a highway overpass for pedestrians, Christians regularly held a banner which declared, “Homosexuality Is Sin.”

After police arrested two Christians for displaying the banner, the CLP brought the suit charging that Madison was practicing illegal viewpoint discrimination in violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

Ovadal said he was not surprised that the case did not make it to court. “A lot of these cases that we get involved in, we don’t end up actually going to trial because once you’ve achieved what you set out to achieve … once we’re able to get back out and tell the truth and share the gospel, then we’re happy,” he said.

Ovadal said the demonstrations would continue. “This pedestrian crosswalk is in a very, very liberal area that needs to see the truth and hear the truth,” he says. “It’s right over eight lanes of [two-way] traffic … and we put up banners in both directions. It’s a very important place to air the truth – truth that’s badly needed.”
AgapePress, 4/11/02

Student group advocates transgender restrooms
The oldest college student association in the U.S. has called for the nation’s colleges and universities to begin providing bathroom facilities for transgendered students.

The United States Students Association (USSA) issued the call last summer, when it passed a resolution at its annual meeting. According to The Washington Times, the organization’s brazen step was publicized only after two homosexual students at University of California at Los Angeles wrote an article about it for the school’s newspaper in February.

USSA spokesperson Kristy Ringor defined the term “transgendered” as those people “whose sexual identity doesn’t match what society expects” of their biological sex. Transgendered can sometimes refer to people who have had sex-change operations, or those who simply dress and live like the opposite gender.

USSA insists it is not calling for unisex bathrooms that could be used by both males and females simultaneously, but rather for “gender neutral” single-stall bathrooms – those that are not designated, and thus not limited to, either “men” or “women.”

Ringor said her organization wants the change because transgendered people “face a risk of being assaulted if another person in there doesn’t think they belong.”

AFA President Don Wildmon said that while he is certainly opposed to harassment or violence directed toward anyone, USSA’s position merely manifests an attempt to further blur gender lines in society. “This tiny minority – which is a subset of the homosexual minority – wants this change simply because these people are confused about their own gender,” he said. “A man who dresses up like a woman needs spiritual help – not his own restroom.”
The Washington Times, 2/11/02

Former APA president blasts organization
The former president of the American Psychological Association (APA) lambasted that organization for holding back research on the issue of changing sexual orientation.

Dr. Richard Perloff, who was APA president in 1985, made the statement during an address to the 2001 APA Annual Convention. According to a press release from the conservative National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), Perloff said: “The APA is too [expletive deleted] politically correct … and too [expletive deleted] obeisant to special interests!”

A supporter of the homosexual rights movement, Perloff nevertheless rebuked the APA for disregarding the possibility that some homosexuals can change their sexual orientation and for “barring research” on the subject.

NARTH believes that homosexuals can change their sexual orientation if they desire to. However, the APA and other mental health organizations – many led by people who support the homosexual movement – have refused to allow NARTH to present its evidence of successful change.

In an interview with NARTH, Perloff said, “I believe that APA is flat out wrong, undemocratic, and shamefully unprofessional in denying NARTH the opportunity to express its views and programs in the APA Monitor [the organization’s professional journal] and otherwise under APA’s purview.”, 4/16/02

Study: Pornography nothing but harmful
Researchers comparing the results from a plethora of past studies have determined that using pornographic materials leads, without fail, to several behavioral, psychological and social problems.

“There has been some debate among researchers about the degree of negative consequences of habitual use of pornography, but we feel confident in our findings that pornography is harmful,” said Dr. Claudio Violato, one of the co-authors of the study and the director of research at University of Calgary.

One of the most common psychological problems related to the use of pornography is a deviant attitude toward intimate relationships, such as perceptions of sexual dominance, submissiveness, sex-role stereotyping or viewing persons as sexual objects. Behavioral problems, according to the study, include fetishes and excessive or ritualistic masturbation. Sexual aggressiveness, and sexually hostile and violent behaviors are social problems as well as individual problems linked to pornography.

“Our study … involved more than 12,000 participants and very rigorous analyses,” Violato said. “I can think of no beneficial effects of pornography whatsoever. As a society, we need to move towards eradicating it.”, 3/13/02

GM-owned DirecTV ends free porn samples
It is a common practice for a company to provide free samples of its product in an attempt to persuade consumers to purchase the product.

The magazine Electronic Media discovered that the home satellite television company DirecTV had been showing free five- minute previews of soft-core pornography for several years. Subsequently, the magazine began asking questions. The satellite company’s services, owned by General Motors, are in some 11 million U.S. homes.

Phillip Swann, a journalist writing for Electronic Media, said the DirecTV previews, “which often display full frontal nudity and simulated sex acts, could be seen by any DirecTV viewer, including children who might accidentally tune in.”

The previews show a portion of a pornographic movie, and then after five minutes ask the viewer if he wants to pay $3.99 to watch the entire film.

One of the problems was that the satellite company’s free previews were often located at a channel adjacent to family or even children’s programming. Swann said that in February, for example, the preview for the pornographic flick Erotic Obsession aired on a channel next to the Jim Carrey live action film How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The porn preview showed a man and a woman having simulated sex, according to Electronic Media.

After DirecTV learned that the magazine was asking questions about the company’s practices, it ended the free porn previews.

For more about mainstream companies that are involved in pornography, see “Porn Files: Documentary echoes AFA charges,” AFA Journal, April, 2002.

To respond to General Motors about its involvement in pornography write:

Chrm. John F. Smith, Jr.
General Motors
Code 482-A24-C36
Detroit, MI 48265
Electronic Media, 3/4/02

Internet home-wrecking becoming more common
Marriages are coming apart more frequently as husbands and wives lose their spouses to the Internet, a leading marriage guidance organization in London reports.

According to Relate, one in 10 of the 90,000 couples who seek the group’s help now cite the Internet as a problem, with obsessive use blamed, as well as its ease of communication. Both men and women complain of becoming Internet “widows” as their partners spend hours at the computer chatting and viewing pornography.

People between the ages of 25 and 35 are most vulnerable as they are the most frequent users of the Internet, Relate Deputy Chief Executive Stephen Bagnall said. “This is a peak time for people’s first serious relationship to break up and it is also the age when many people get married for the first time,” he said., 4/15/02

RU-486 ‘death pill’ earns its nickname
Since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first approved the use of the abortifacient RU-486, pro-life groups have criticized the move, claiming the drug is harmful to women and should be taken off the market. Although supporters of RU-486 say there is no proof of the drug’s harmful effects, new information may prove them wrong.

According to CitizenLink, several pro-life leaders reveal that recent data obtained from the FDA indicated that there is cause for deep concern about this drug. Obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, the “data shows that there is sufficient evidence of a problem with RU-486,” said Wendy Wright, spokeswoman for Concerned Women for America. “The fact that there are so many people who have died taking it points out that RU-486 is earning its nickname as the ‘death pill.’”

RU-486 was originally FDA-approved under a fast track method. Dr. John Diggs, medical advisor to Family Research Council, said fast track is “for life-threatening or life-saving drugs.” Ironically, it is “guaranteed to kill at least one of the people that’s involved in getting it – the baby.”

Diggs said he hopes the Bush administration will step up and protect the health of women by withdrawing the drug from the market. However, Dr. David Hager, University of Kentucky professor of obstetrics, said he believed that “individuals of conscience are going to have to continue to cry out to their legislators and to the government to look into this.”, 2/21/02

Human clone’s mom at risk for rare cancer
As if the possibility for numerous defects and abnormalities in the first human clone isn’t bad enough, there is also the risk that the mother will contract a rare invasive womb cancer.

New Scientist was one of the first to reveal the recent claim of Italian fertility expert Severino Antinori that one of his patients is pregnant with a human clone (due for birth in November). Based on research and experiments to this point, both mother and clone will have their own particular set of problems, experts say.

Richard Gardner, an expert on mammalian embryo development, says “The human has the most invasive placenta to start with.” The particular cancer the clone’s mother may be susceptible to invades the womb wall and develops into the placenta. What causes the cancer is unknown, but one key element seems to be the poorly regulated genes that control the placenta’s growth.

These genes in cloned animal embryos have been found to stay active when, in reality, they should be shut off by the process of “imprinting.” This poses a threat to the mother because the still-active genes could grow out of control and develop into a cancer.

The world can only watch to see if Antinori’s clone becomes a reality.
New Scientist, 4/10/02

Court strikes down anti-preaching ordinance
A federal judge has overturned a city ordinance in Ponce, Puerto Rico, which had forbidden the discussion of religion or politics at three of the city’s most desirable amphitheaters. Ponce is the island’s third largest city.

Judge Jaime Pieras made his decision at the federal court house in San Juan in April, effectively putting Ponce’s regulation governing free speech activities in moth balls. The controversial ordinance allowed “artistic, cultural or recreational shows” but not “religious or political activities.”

In the case, the AFA Center for Law & Policy (CLP) represented Firecross Ministry, after government officials literally pulled the plug on a Christian rock concert on Halloween night, 2000, after band members tried preaching the gospel between songs.

City attorneys argued that the ordinance did not reveal a hostility toward religion, but merely sought to regulate the proper place in which preaching, a “manner of religious expression,” could take place.

However, CLP Litigation Counsel Bryan J. Brown said the ordinance was discriminatory, noting that a message demeaning Jesus Christ could be proclaimed in Ponce’s amphitheaters, but a message exalting Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world could not.

Employee told not to wear Christian symbols
An Arizona-based newspaper chain is being accused of discriminating against one of its Christian employees.

Recently, an employee of Western Newspapers, Inc., was told by a supervisor that he could no longer wear polo shirts with religious symbols because a co-worker found the Christian symbols offensive. The company justified its move by referring to a statement in the company’s personnel handbook which says, “T-shirts with sayings or logos that may be offensive to customers or other employees should not be worn.”

The employee’s written request for accommodation was denied. According to a press release, the employee was told that wearing of clothing “with religious messages” would not be allowed. On behalf of that employee, Brad Dacus of the Pacific Justice Institute has contacted company officials, informing them of the employee’s rights.
AgapePress, 4/22/02

In the April issue, page 14, AFA Journal incorrectly published the address of AT&T. The correct address is:
Chrm. C. Michael Armstrong
32 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10013
Phone: 212-387-5400
Toll free: 1-800-222-0300

• Micah Clark is the new executive director of AFA of Indiana, having taken the helm last fall. Each week, Micah produces an effective E-mail update, informing his supporters about bills before the state legislature. He tackles important issues including Internet filtering in public libraries, a statewide sex offender registry and the homosexual agenda. Micah took over from longtime leader, Vickie Burress, who serves as board chairman. Website:

• Diane Gramley, AFA of Northwestern Pennsylvania, is a veteran in battling sexually oriented businesses. Diane is currently taking on the nation’s largest billboard advertising company, Lamar Outdoor Advertising Agency. Lamar accepts advertising from a nearby strip club. Diane says Lamar is ignoring the wishes of the community by refusing to remove the billboard. Website:

• Steve Shasteen, director of AFA of North Georgia, coordinates pro-family efforts in the Atlanta area. Steve recently organized efforts against the Cobb County Board of Education, which was considering textbooks promoting only evolution. Through Steve’s efforts, the board has already agreed to place di