A pro-family group has launched a boycott of the Citgo oil company because it is run by the Venezuelan government, which is led by U.S.-bashing President Hugo Chavez.

“Sales of products at Citgo stations send money back to Chavez to help him in his vow to bring down our government,” said American Family Association founder Don Wildmon in a statement.

AFA notes Chavez told a television audience recently: “Enough of imperialist aggression; we must tell the world: down with the U.S. empire. We have to bury imperialism this century.”

On the TV program, Chavez was hosting anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan. The socialist dictator, who is close to Cuban leader Fidel Castro, recently met with American entertainer Harry Belafonte, who called President Bush “the greatest terrorist in the world” while in Venezuela.

“Regardless of your feelings about the war in Iraq, the issue here is that we have a socialist dictator vowing to bring down the government of the U.S. And he is using our money to achieve his goal!” warned Wildmon.

According to Citgo’s website, the company is “owned by PDV America Inc., an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Petr?leos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.”

On his website, Wildmon urges supporters to e-mail both Chavez and Citgo to announce their intention to boycott the company.

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