"Third-party investigations have become increasingly common as churches and Christian institutions continue to be rocked by scandal. But how can you tell if an investigation is truly independent—or just another attempt to cover up?"
"Robert Chambers, former vice president of policy and legislative affairs for AFA from 2015 to 2022, alleges that another staffer, Ron Cook, made repeated sexual advances toward him, beginning in January of 2022."
"The American Family Association (AFA) – the far-right, Bible-based advocacy organization founded by anti-LGBTQ+ crusader Donald Wildmon – is being sued by a former employee who was fired after alleging sexual harassment by another male staffer."
"Chambers said he believes he was fired for reporting the harassment and that the group violated federal law by “retaliating” against him."
"One of the largest Christian hate-groups in the country is being sued by a former employee for everything from same-sex sexual misconduct to retaliatory behavior."
"Chambers’ lawsuit, filed in federal court, makes a number of other allegations – that his complaints about Cook were ignored, that the AFA’s political action committee engaged in financial irregularities and, most bizarrely, that he was unjustly fired in 2022 after another AFA staff member, Lexie Wildmon, the daughter of Tim Wildmon, had a disturbing dream about him."
"Chambers claims he was fired for reporting the harassment. The complaint alleges that AFA and its leaders violated federal law by retaliating against him as a whistleblower, creating a hostile work environment, unlawfully terminating him and slandering him."