Wayne Aiken July 30, 1991 PO Box 30904 Raleig

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Wayne Aiken July 30, 1991 PO Box 30904 Raleigh, NC 27622 Chrm. James Near Wendy's International PO Box 256 Dublin, OH 43017 Dear Mr. Near: It has come to my attention that your company has stopped sponsoring the NBC show "Saturday Night Live!" as a result of threats by Rev. Donald Wildmon and the American Family Association.. I am very disappointed that you have allowed yourself to be influenced by this small but vocal band of self-righteous censors. I can understand your position however; they are capable of generating large numbers of letters and phone calls, and it is a credit to your company that you are sensitive to public opinion. The American Family Association, however, is definitely not representative of the values and opinions of the vast majority of our society. They are at best a vanishingly small minority, who have resorted to concentrating mail and phone campaigns to a few "target" companies each month. In this manner, they presume to speak for the larger population in order to censor any idea in the media that doesn't fit their narrow religious beliefs. Unfortunately, this tactic is often successful. Given the apathy of most people in this society, the voices of the minority extremists are all too often the only ones that are heard. As a company, you actually stand to lose far more by caving in to their empty threats than by simply ignoring them. The customers you lose simply by failing to sponsor popular albeit controversial shows like "Saturday Night Live!" will far exceed any possible loss of revenue resulting from a boycott by this small group. I can understand and respect any groups right to boycott those business with whom they disagree, but this group is far more insidious. They fully intend to censor the culture of the entire nation by actively hurting sources of ideas with whom they disagree, and by your decision to withdraw sponsorship, you have been manipulated into helping them force their religious ideology upon an unwilling public. I urge you to reconsider your decision, both from a practical business standpoint and as a participant in the free marketplace of ideas. Small but vocal extremist minorities, particularly right-wing fundamentalist religious groups, are a threat to this society, but only because other people fail to speak out. They do not speak for me, nor for the larger numbers of people who enjoy such shows and patronize your restaurants. Thank you for your consideration in this matter. Sincerely, Wayne Aiken


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