By: Scot Bear Re: More about Texas AFA AUSTIN, Tex (Reuter) - A conservative Christian gro
By: Scot Bear
Re: More about Texas AFA
AUSTIN, Tex (Reuter) - A conservative Christian group
has touched off a battle with a gay newspaper by trying
to persuade businesses to pull their advertising from the
Wyatt Roberts, head of the Texas chapter of the
American Family Association, told Reuters Friday that he
sent out letters to advertisers in the Texas Triangle warning
that their names would be read on his weekly radio show.
He accused the paper of condoning pedophilia,
incest and blasphemy. ``I do think homosexuality is a sin,
adultery, murder or anything else,'' Roberts said.
Texas Triangle editor and founder Kay Longcope,
a former Boston Globe reporter, said Roberts' actions have
helped the paper, not hurt it. While some advertisers have
pulled out, she told Reuters, a greater number of new ones
have come in to show their support.
``There's a real groundswell of support beginning
to emerge from the mainstream. We've had calls from lawyers
and doctors saying 'I'm straight, but I support you,'''
The Triangle prints about 15,000 copies weekly
and is distributed in all of Texas' major cities.
Roberts began attacking the publication several
months ago on a local Christian radio station and started
sending out letters to advertisers in late December. He said
the Triangle has lost ads. ``We keep track of the ads in the
paper'' he said.
He said the campaign is part of a national effort
by the Tupelo, Mississippi-based American Family Association,
which supports conservative religious and family values,
to ``clean up'' the media and improve the media's portrayal
of right-wing Christian groups.
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