Chick-fil-A, Hobby Lobby Earn Highest Scores On Inaugural ‘Faith Equality Index’
A conservative Christian group has taken a page out of the Human Rights Campaign’s playbook, releasing a ranking of corporations that are most hostile to LGBT and reproductive rights.Â
Not surprisingly, Chick-fil-A and Hobby Lobby received the highest scores on the inaugural Faith Equality Index, put out earlier this month by a group called Faith Driven Consumer, which is encouraging people to “buycott” companies that don’t share their “biblical worldview.”Â
“Just in time for the busy Christmas shopping season â€” we launched our ground-breaking new scoring system rating major brands on their relative faith-compatibility,” Faith Driven Consumer saidÂ in a news release.Â “It’s important for everyone to understand what we are asking Corporate America to do â€” acknowledge us on equal footing with the other groups they embrace and celebrate.”
According to The Washington Times, the Faith Equality Index is a response to HRC’s Corporate Equality IndexÂ and Buying For Workplace Equality guide,Â which for more than a decade have rated companies based on LGBT-inclusive policies and procedures. Using the hashtag #AddUsIn, Faith Driven Consumer is even attempting to co-opt the LGBT “rainbow of diversity.”Â
“In a marketplace that celebrates diversity, the Faith Equality Index focuses major brands on theÂ newest color in their rainbow, Faith Driven Consumers,”Â Faith Driven Consumer founder Chris Stone said in a statement. “Like every community, Faith DrivenÂ Consumers expect to be welcomed by the companies they do business with and work for.”
Faith Driven Consumer claims to represent 41 millionÂ Christian consumers who spend $2 trillion annually.
Earlier his year, Faith Driven Consumer led campaigns to return Phil Robertson to “Duck Dynasty,” get SunTrust Bank to reverse a decision to fire the Benham brothers, and protest Houston officials’ decision to subpoena pastors’ sermons in defending the city’s Equal Rights Ordinance.
The group also got involved in the controversy over “religious freedom” laws in Arkansas and Indiana that aimed to give businesses a “license to discriminate” against LGBT people.Â
â€œWe are disappointed by theÂ misleadingÂ and inflammatory nature of many peopleâ€™s comments in reaction to recent events surrounding Indianaâ€™s religious freedom law,” Stone said in March. “Such language presents an obstacle to the important issue of achievingÂ universal equality in our culture and in the marketplace.”
The Faith Equality Index rates more than 300 companies based on 14 criteria, and lists the ratings alongside their scores on HRC’s CEI, the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility’sÂ Corporate Inclusion IndexÂ (CII), Black Enterprise’sÂ Best 40Â list for African-American diversity and Diversity Inc.â€™sÂ Top 50Â ranking for diversity.Â
Criteria for the Faith Equality Index include:Â
- Use of the word â€œChristmasâ€ in seasonal advertising
- Respect for, acknowledgment of, and compatibility with a comprehensive pro-life view on abortion, embryonic stem cell research and euthanasia â€” either by supporting these positions publicly, financially or with in-kind resources equal, at minimum, to support given alternative positions, or remaining silent and neutral on these issuesÂ
- Proactive public support for legislative, regulatory, and/or judicial protections for religious liberty including freedom of speech, association and expression
- Respect for, acknowledgement of, and compatibility with biblical teaching on sexuality, gender, marriage and family â€” either by supporting these positions publicly, financially or with in-kind resources equal, at minimum, to support given alternative positions, or remaining silent and neutral on these issues
- Promote or support wholesome images in marketing and culture while refraining from the promotion or support of pornography, sexual immorality or the sexual exploitation of individuals, as viewed through a biblical lensÂ
Here are the seven companies that received the highest scores on the Faith Equality Index:Â
- Chick-fil-A: 63Â
- Hobby Lobby: 62Â
- Interstate Batteries: 61Â
- Tyson Foods: 60Â
- Cracker Barrel: 53Â
- Walmart: 51Â
- Thrivent Financial: 50Â
And here are the 10 that received the lowest scores: Â Â
- Bank of America:Â 11
- Unilever: 11
- DirecTV: 14
- Expedia: 15
- Nationwide: 16
- Pfizer: 16
- Microsoft: 17
- AT&T: 17
- Apple: 19
- T-Mobile: 19
Chick-fil-A is, of course, is well-known for its outspoken opposition to same-sex marriage, although the Faith Equality Index doesn’t appear to take into account a franchisee’s recent decision to sponsor an LGBT Christian film festival. Hobby Lobby, meanwhile, was the lead plaintiff in the U.S. Supreme Court case challenging the contraceptive mandate under the Affordable Care Act.Â
Starbucks, currently under fire from right-wingers for its Christmas-less coffee cups, received a score of 27 on the Faith Equality Index, including five out of five points for the use of the wordÂ â€œChristmasâ€ in seasonal advertising. (Again, no word on whether Faith Driven Consumer will be lowering the company’s score.)Â
As for Interstate Batteries and Cracker Barrel, one columnist writes: “So,Â if you identify as a Christian it may be time to mentally prepare to find a car battery or hunk of cheese under your Christmas tree.”Â
Needless to say, that would be better than the lump of coal people deserve if they allow prejudice against the LGBT community, women and religious minorities to motivate their shopping decisions.Â
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‘Flashback Much?’: Senator Mocked for Saying IG Report Made Him Feel Like He Had ‘Dropped Acid’
“About 25 percent of the way through it I thought I dropped acid. It’s surreal.”
A prominent Republican Senator is getting his own special due process on social media after using his precious time to question U.S. Dept. of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz by saying reading the 434 page report on the FBI’s Russia investigation was like dropping acid.
U.S. Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) admitted to Horowitz on Wednesday that he had not finished reading the lengthy document but was about 70 percent done. He also appeared to be trying to make the infractions about FISA warrants committed by FBI agents to be seen as unprecedented and historically offensive, in an attempt to serve President Donald Trump by damaging the reputation of the FBI.
“About 15 percent of the way through it made me want to heave,” Sen. Kennedy announced. “About 25 percent of the way through it I thought I dropped acid. It’s surreal.”
Someone can be heard laughing in the background.
Here’s John Kennedy comparing reading government documents to dropping acid, for some reason pic.twitter.com/EzQCLwvW32
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 11, 2019
Kennedy chose to focus on the misconduct by the FBI agents instead of on the actual investigation, which the Inspector General found to be warranted: that is, opening up the Russia probe to determine not only how Putin and his cronies attacked the U.S. election but to what extent any Trump campaign officials may have been involved.
The Louisiana Republican Senator was not done. He made clear someone would have to pay for the misdeeds.
Apparently it would not matter to Kennedy who.
“I hope you’ll tell your colleagues at the FBI that we appreciate their work, but this has got to be fixed. At minimum someone’s got to be fired,” he announced.
Many were perplexed and shared their concerns about Sen. Kennedy on social media.
So far in his line of questioning, Sen. John Kennedy has:
-complimented IG on the durability of his kidneys
-said he (Kennedy) thinks he might have dropped acid
-coined new nickname for Trump probe (“Misfire Hurricane”)
-used the word “chuckleheads”
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) December 11, 2019
If you’ve listened to U.A. Senator John Kennedy of late you’d also think that he’s dropped acid, more than once.
— Rabbi Jacob Herber (@rjherber) December 11, 2019
WHO KNEW that Rep. Sen. John Kennedy was once a Flower Child?
He was caught reminiscing during the senate hearing today,
“I thought I had dropped acid” he said with astonishment
— Dave Stancliff (@AsItStands63) December 11, 2019
— Thicky Ricardo- DRY wit not a DIMwit (@MsSmartie2u) December 11, 2019
Sen. Krazy Kennedy just said he ‘thought he’d dropped acid” in some context.
It fits just about any context in his case.
— Laffy (@GottaLaff) December 11, 2019
— T (@jnaneswari1) December 11, 2019
Senator Kennedy felt like he dropped acid? pic.twitter.com/A1LM63iPJ4
— Ardie (@Ardie85854079) December 11, 2019
I have @MSNBC on in the background while working and just had to stop and utter “WTF?” out loud when Kennedy said he felt like he had dropped acid?!?! hahaha I have no idea what that feels like but maybe it is a possible explanation for what’s wrong with him? lol #SenateHearing pic.twitter.com/ctXaSN6JwR
— Deanna Rilling🌹🏒🛳 (@DeannaRilling) December 11, 2019
Ted Cruz ‘Just Pumped Nonsensical Disinformation Into American Air Waves’: Former FBI Special Agent
During his turn to question Inspector General Michael Horowitz today, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) didn’t really ask many questions, and instead chose to use his time to rant about what he believes are the corrupt origins of the investigation into Russia’s alleged collusion with the Trump campaign.
In a tweet, MSNBC’s Clint Watts wrote that Cruz “just pumped several minutes of nonsensical disinformation into American air waves.”
Senator Cruz just pumped several minutes of nonsensical disinformation into American air waves.
— Clint Watts (@selectedwisdom) December 11, 2019
Watch Cruz’s rant in the video below:
Lindsey Graham Explodes in Anger Demanding to Know Why FBI ‘Didn’t Tell Trump’ His Campaign Was Under Investigation
Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham exploded in anger as he questioned Inspector General Michael Horowitz, demanding to know why the FBI did not notify then-candidate Donald Trump and his campaign in 2016 that they were the subjects of a counterintelligence investigation to determine how Russia was attacking the U.S. and if any members of the Trump campaign were involved.
Chairman Graham appeared to ignore all the signs that Donald Trump and his campaign may have been conspiring with Russia to win the 2016 presidential election, including Trump’s infamous “Russia, if you’re listening” remarks.
The FBI “never made any effort to brief Donald Trump about suspected problems within his campaign,” Graham lamented, again, ignoring the FBI was working to determine if Trump or anyone else was colluding with Russia.
The FBI did warn the Trump campaign Russia was working to undermine the election. Trump appears to have taken that warning as an invitation to an opportunity to win the election rather than to protect the nation.
“Why did they not tell him that” people like Carter Page and George Papadopoulos might be working wirh Russia, Graham asked.
Graham later says, “I hope all of us would appreciate if you really believe there may be somebody in my campaign working with a foreign power, please tell me. Why didn’t they tell Trump?”
Again, the FBI likely had reason to suspect Trump was that somebody.
Despite all this, the RNC opted to immediately post a clip of Graham defending Trump on YouTube and Twitter (below).
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) December 11, 2019
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