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Founder of Alliance Defense Fund (ADF)

Don Wildmon, a United Methodist minister, founded the American Family Association (AFA) in 1977 to combat “indecency” on television. Originally known as the National Federal for Decency, the AFA soon took on other issues such as opposing gay rights and promoting fundamentalism in public schools.

The AFA urges boycotts of companies it deems too gay friendly. Targets have included the Disney empire, McDonald’s and Ford Motor Co. Wildmon’s AFA holds extreme views. In 2009, a top AFA staffer told a Religious Right gathering in Washington that the concept of church-state separation came “directly from the mind of Adolf Hitler.”

Wildmon has also led the Religious Right in what has become an annual tradition: complaining about a so-called “War on Christmas” by secularists and liberals.

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