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Contact: Deborah Hamilton, Hamilton Strategies, 215.815.7716
October 30, 2013
American Psychiatric Association Now Classifies Pedophilia as Sexual Orientation Vs. Disorder
American Family Association Issues Statement in Response to APA’s Staggering Announcement

A shocking announcement made by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in its latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, as reported by Neon Tommy, the  Los Angeles-based news source sponsored by the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, caused an uproar by pro-family organizations and many others as the APA stated that they now classify pedophilia as a sexual orientation or preference instead of as a disorder. 

Sandy Rios, cultural expert and talk show host on the American Family Radio Network, has issued a statement on behalf of The American Family Association ( in response to the American Psychiatric Association’s position on pedophilia: 

"Just as the American Psychiatric Association declared homosexuality an ‘orientation’ under tremendous pressure from homosexual activists in the early seventies, now, under pressure from pedophile activists, they have declared the desire for sex with children an ‘orientation,’ too.  It's not hard to see where this will lead.  More children will become sexual prey.  

"Sanity will never return to this culture until truth is reclaimed.  It is not now, nor has it ever been acceptable for men or women to desire sex with children.  Any who struggle with this must at least know that it is wrong before they can combat it and seek change." 

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American Family Association (AFA) a non-profit 501(c3) organization was founded in 1977 by Donald E. Wildmon, who was pastoring First United Methodist Church in Southaven, Mississippi, at the time.  Since 1977, AFA has been on the frontlines of America’s culture war. The original name of the ministry was National Federation for Decency but was changed to American Family Association (AFA) in 1988. Today, AFA is one of the largest and most effective pro-family organizations in the country with over two million online supporters and approximately 180,000 paid subscribers to the AFA Journal, the ministry's monthly magazine. In addition, AFA owns and operates nearly 200 radio stations across the country under the American Family Radio (AFR) banner.  

Other divisions of AFA include American Family Radio, the AFA Foundation and, an online news provider that is syndicated around the world. AFA maintains activist web sites such as and that rally Christian activists to contact companies asking them to drop their advertising from objectionable TV shows. AFA web sites average over 40 million hits and five million visitors each month. AFA uses all these means to communicate an outspoken, resolute, Christian voice throughout America. 

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