Peter Schmidt

  • Q: As a Faith Driven Consumer, are you satisfied with a Biblically themed movie – designed to appeal to you – which replaces the Bible’s core message with one created by Hollywood?
    A: no

    SURVEY: Noah Movie Controversy?

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    Have you heard about the controversy swirling around the upcoming blockbuster movieNoah, soon to be released in theaters on March 28?  The $125 million Noah epic starring Russell Crowe and Anthony Hopkins has hit rough seas with many key faith-based test audiences.

    By answering one simple question here, you can let Hollywood know what’s important to you!

    Hollywood execs increasingly understand the economic importance of the $1.75 trillion Faith Driven Consumer market, and are actively producing movies based on biblical themes.

    Yet word out this week confirms previous reports that have many Faith Driven Consumers concerned.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, Noah has been criticized for depicting Noah as a “crazy, irrational, religious nut…fixated on modern-day problems like overpopulation and environmental degradation.”

    Importantly, the movie’s director appears to have replaced the Bible’s central point of God’s judgment on man’s inherent sin with a story focused on a contemporary environmental theme.

    In an effort to appeal to Faith Driven Consumers, the studio tested several versions of the movie.  This seemingly upset the director as an effort to “appease a small but vocal segment…Those people can be noisy.”

    Given this, we’re asking you – as a Faith Driven Consumer – to settle their debate. 

    Speak up and be heard—tell Hollywood’s executives what you think about this movie.  Tell them what entertainment options you would like them to produce for you.   

    We will share your input, and engage Hollywood executives in a conversation about the type of entertainment content that best resonates with Faith Driven Consumers like you and me.

    Thank you for telling us what you think. We look forward to your input!

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  • the “tolerant” crowd seems to be the most intolerant of all

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    GOAL: 6,408 signatures

    Dear Faith Driven Consumer,

    We need your help to #OpenZilla.

    You’ve probably heard about Mozilla’s recent intolerance toward people with a biblical view of marriage. Last week – following a firestorm of protest from gay activists – the tech company known for its internet browser Firefox compelled its new CEO to step down simply because he, as a private citizen, contributed $1,000 to California’s pro-marriage Proposition 8 campaign…six years ago.

    According to pro-gay advocates, it’s theoretically acceptable for companies like Mozilla to hire Christians as long as they are never permitted to assume leadership roles. The same people who claim to support equal treatment for everyone want to deny access to employment opportunities based on personal convictions – in effect a new “glass ceiling” for a faith-driven worldview. 

    Faith Driven Consumer reached out to Mozilla to clarify what their policy is toward faith-driven employees, asking them to respond to three specific questions:

    1. Will faith-driven employees be discriminated against and forced into the closet for their personal views on marriage?
    2. Is there a “pro gay marriage” litmus test for working at Mozilla?
    3. Will the next CEO be required to openly express support for gay marriage as a condition for being hired?

    While we wait to hear back, let’s make sure they HEAR from YOU.

    By signing up for the #OpenZilla campaign, you can encourage Mozilla to tell us whether a company that prides itself on pioneering open source solutions will deny access to people of faith.

    Taking action as a Faith Driven Consumer is easy! Simply click on the buttons below to tell and tweet Mozilla the message that true tolerance welcomes and respects the biblical worldview.

    #OpenZilla – now is the time for Faith Driven Consumers to stand up to corporate intolerance and bullying and ask that Mozilla open itself up to true equality for all.

    Chris Stone

    Founder
    Faith Driven Consumer

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  • PETITION TO THE A&E NETWORK DEMANDING THE IMMEDIATE REINSTATEMENT OF DUCK DYNASTY’S PHIL ROBERTSON — #ISTANDWITHPHIL

    GOAL: 265,763 signatures

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    Dear A&E Network,

    I am writing to you regarding your network's intolerant, discriminatory, and punitive treatment of Mr. Phil Robertson, star of A&E's #1 hit show, Duck Dynasty.

    Mr. Robertson’s comments in GQ Magazine are simply reflective of a Biblical view of sexuality, marriage, and family – a view that has stood the test of time for thousands of years and continues to be held by the majority of Americans and today’s world as a whole.

    Many members of the LGBT community may not agree with this view, but the notion that a free-thinking American should be discriminated against simply for expressing a perspective that is in conflict with another is patently un-American and flies in the face of true tolerance and civility. A&E's position, which in your own words is “championing” the gay and lesbian community — which I believe you have the freedom to do — excludes the views of Faith Driven Consumers and effectively censors a legitimate viewpoint held by the majority of Americans.

    As a Faith Driven Consumer, I am signing this petition to demand that my views be treated with equality and respect in America’s rich rainbow of diversity.

    I am asking your network to immediately reinstate Mr. Robertson to Duck Dynasty, and to formally apologize to him, his family, and the millions of viewers who tune in every week, stand by him, and share his worldview. While the LGBT community may be offended by his opposing viewpoint, your rash, discriminatory, and unfair treatment toward Mr. Robertson — a recognized symbol of the faith community — is a slap in the face to Faith Driven Consumers and everyday Americans alike.

    There are 46 million Faith Driven Consumers in America today who spend 1.75 trillion dollars annually. Should you refuse to equally respect and welcome our legitimately held views, we will gladly stop watching this and all other A&E programming and turn to any reformulation of Duck Dynasty on another network – while simultaneously supporting brands that stand with the show and the Robertson family.

    Signed,

    John Q. Public

    #IStandwithPhil

     

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  • PETITION in SUPPORT OF THE BENHAM BROTHERS #FlipThisDecision

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    GOAL: 20,436 signatures

    2nd Update, May 16, 2014 – Following a swift and unified outcry by Faith Driven Consumers and fair-minded Americans across the nation, SunTrust today reversed its earlier decision to drop the Benham brothers – citing respect for the fundamental constitutional rights of all Americans. Faith Driven Consumer is grateful to all who collectively raised their voices against religious viewpoint discrimination in a united call for tolerance, fairness, and equality for all Americans. This also applies to those who hold to a biblical worldview, which includes respect for life and natural marriage.


    UPDATED May 16, 2014 — Following HGTV’s decision last week to cancel the Benham brothers’ television show, SunTrust Banks has taken the highly unusual step of pulling all of its listed properties with the Benham Real Estate Group—and its franchises spread across four states—apparently based on the brothers’ biblical faith and worldview. By taking this discriminatory action, SunTrust has demonstrated its intolerance toward those who hold biblically  based views and chosen to exclude Faith Driven Consumers from its rainbow of diversity.

    Send a message to SunTrust and other companies that it’s NOT OK to discriminate based on religion and deeply held faith convictions by signing our petition at the bottom of the page and continuing to speak out.  Together, we can send a powerful message to corporate America that Christians should be welcomed and respected equally alongside other groups in America.


     

    Dear HGTV and Scripps Networks Interactive,

    I am writing regarding your network's intolerant and discriminatory decision to cancel “Flip It Forward” from HGTV's fall 2014 lineup because of the pro-life and pro-natural marriage faith-driven beliefs of stars David and Jason Benham.

    The views that the Benhams' have publicly expressed reflect a biblical view of life, sexuality, marriage, and family that have stood the test of time for thousands of years and continue to be held by the majority of Americans and your viewers  – including those in HGTV’s home market of Knoxville, Tennessee.

    HGTV’s decision to exclude those who hold to a faith-based viewpoint held by 46 million Faith Driven Consumers who spend $1.75 trillion annually has no place in America’s inclusive rainbow of diversity.

    And this decision contradicts HGTV’s stated core values of integrity and diversity, which emphasize “having a strong moral compass which points to character, honesty, ethical practice and accountability” and hold that all are included in the “broad canvas of interests, backgrounds, lifestyles and ethnicities.”

    While some members of the pro-choice and LGBT communities may not agree with the biblical view on these particular issues, the notion that free-thinking Americans should be discriminated against simply for expressing a perspective that is in conflict with another is patently un-American and flies in the face of true tolerance and inclusiveness.

    As a Faith Driven Consumer, I ask that you reverse your decision and reinstate "Flip It Forward” immediately out of respect for the millions of Americans who share the faith-driven worldview of its hosts.

    Signed,

    John Q. Public

    #FlipThisDecision

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