A Christian marketing group has launched a holiday shopping guide that ranks retail chains on how “faith-friendly” they are, and put anti-gay stores on the top of the “nice” list.
Faith Driven Consumer claims its goal is “connecting Christian consumers with faith-compatible companies,” but it gives four-and-a-half stars (its top mark) to Hobby Lobby, which has been accused of both homophobic and anti-Semitic incidents. (The Christian greeting-card company DaySpring also got top marks on the list, below.)
Down at the bottom, with a measly one star, are LGBT allies like Apple and Nike, which launched a line of Be True sneakers supporting gay Pride. Amazon, JC Penney, the Gap and other retailers that have either included the LGBT community in their marketing or have vocally supported same-sex marriage don’t fare much better.
A press release goes into detail:
“Faith Driven Consumer’s 2013 Christmas Guide is the single best resource for Christian consumers who care about spending their hard-earned dollars with companies that respect their beliefs and values,” said Chris Stone, Founder of Faith Driven Consumer. “This rapidly emerging and economically powerful market segment of more than 46 million people are consumers who care deeply about whether the companies they actively shop with welcome their worldview.”
Stone cites research indicating that some 81% of that demographic would switch brands if they found out a company was ” incompatible with their worldview.”
We’re curious, though: Does that statistic just apply to people with a Christian worldview, or does it include supporters of equality? We certainly aren’t getting our glass beads and scrapbook scissors at Hobby Lobby.
Source: Steve Rothaus
The You Can Play project, which fosters an inclusive environment in group sports, is launching a new initiative with the NFL that will see pro football player working directly with LGBT youth.
The High Five Initiative will launch with a visit by NFL execs Troy Vincent and Dwight Hollier visiting New York City’s Hetrick Martin Institute, home to the Harvey Milk School. Moving forward, current and past players will connect with local LGBT group around the country.
“If youth only hear that sports is about toughness, masculinity and violence, some may choose not to play,” says You Can Play director Wade Davis, a former NFL player himself. “But when youth learn the true essence of sports is family, solidarity and compassion for all participants, then we will see more youth, especially LGBT youth, understand sports is a place for them.”
Former Major League Baseball player Glenn Burke, an out gay man, is credited with inventing the “high five.”
While Israel is the most progressive country in the Middle East, the country’s powerful Orthodox Jewish community has stymied efforts to pass marriage-equality legislation in the Land of Milk and Honey. (Same-sex marriages from other countries, however, are recognized.)
Now Israeli President Shimon Peres has come out in support of LGBT equality, including the right of gay people to have their unions recognized and raise children. “We cannot take away someone’s rights because they are different,” Peres, 90, told Ynet. “We cannot take away their right to breathe, right to eat or right to start a family. We must allow everyone to live as is natural to them.”
Speaking of guys who support gay rights, Dick Cheney says he was “surprised” by how ugly the debate over same-sex marriage got between his daughters, and the vitriol it engendered on social media.
Liz Cheney, a Republican Senate candidate in Wyoming, stated she was opposed to marriage equality, leading her sister-in-law Heather Poe, who is married to the Veep’s younger daughter Mary, to call her out on Facebook.”We were surprised that there was an attack launched against Liz on Facebook, and wished it hadn’t happened,” Cheney said at a National Press Conference event on Monday. “It’s always been dealt with within the context of the family and frankly that’s our preference.”
Of course Liz’s comments against equality—a de facto attack on her own sister—were very public, though Cheney didn’t seem to mind them.
We’d love to ask him about that double standard, but the elder statesman told reporters trying to follow up on the issue, “don’t waste your time.”
Dick Cheney is just full of the milk of human kindness, isn’t he?
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