- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 8, 2005

UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL

CHICAGO — Two conservative Christian groups are criticizing Kraft Foods Inc. and Harris Bank for contributing $25,000 each to the 2006 Gay Games in Chicago.

The Illinois Family Institute and the Mississippi-based American Family Association say corporate support for July’s athletic competition conflicts with a family-based, conservative public image both companies seek to portray.

Gay Games officials say this is the first time any sponsor has been attacked since the quadrennial sporting event began in 1982. About 10,000 athletes will compete in sports ranging from basketball to swimming in the July 15-22 event.

“We don’t think this is something a big corporation should get behind,” Peter LaBarbera, executive director of the Illinois Family Institute, told the Chicago Tribune.

A spokesman for the American Family Association said it was inconsistent for Kraft which markets such brands as Jell-O, Oreos and Tang — to support a dangerous and unhealthy activity.

“When you look at all the Kraft commercials, they all revolve around family and children,” said Randy Sharp, AFA’s director of special projects.


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