GOAL: 10,575 signatures
The First Amendment protects freedom of speech and religion for all Americans, regardless of belief, and you have publicly advocated for making Atlanta “a more welcoming city for all of her citizens, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender, race, and religious beliefs.” In light of this, your decision to terminate Atlanta's distinguished Fire Chief, Kelvin Cochran — a public servant with more than three decades of experience who has served President Obama as U.S. Fire Administrator and was unanimously confirmed as Atlanta’s fire chief —constitutes the absolute height of hypocrisy.
Chief Cochran, exercising his legally protected rights, expressed his religious convictions in his recent book. He even cleared its contents with your own Ethics Office Director. Despite this, you chose to fire him simply because you disagree with his religious beliefs. This action is not only un-American, it constitutes intolerance, bigotry, and discrimination.
We live in a rich, diverse society. A society with differing viewpoints and beliefs, a society of open discourse in which tolerance and inclusion makes it possible for us to disagree with respect. We also live in a society that values equality, including the notion that everyone has the right to publicly express deeply held beliefs without fear of persecution or reprisal. People of faith – who are a significant part of America’s rich rainbow of diversity – share the same fundamental rights as all other groups.
Chief Cochran and the citizens of Atlanta should all have the right to equal application of equal protections under the law. If one group is protected for its beliefs, all groups must be protected.
By signing this petition, I join my fellow citizens in a united call for tolerance, fairness, and equality for all.
I am asking you to:
- Immediately reinstate Chief Cochran.
- Apologize for your unjust actions against Chief Cochran.
- Ensure that no person of faith in Atlanta will be singled out by your administration simply due to the expression of their religious convictions.
As we prepare to celebrate Martin Luther King Day, a holiday honoring an Atlanta native who bravely stood for equality and civil rights, I call on you to respect and honor his legacy. As Dr. King famously said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
We are Faith Driven Consumers (FDCs)—the economically powerful subset of the overall Christian market. FDCs proactively live out our faith in every area of our lives, including where we work and shop, what we buy and the entertainment choices we make. Our daily choices are a demonstration of stewardship. As Faith Driven Consumers we make decisions in the context of our biblical worldview—it defines who we are.
Faith Driven Consumer™ is the advocacy organization for FDCs. Every week we have one-on-one conversations with America’s corporate leaders asking them to treat Faith Driven Consumers equal to other groups in their rainbow of diversity. Largely they have done nothing to stop their discrimination—and they continue to exclude Faith Driven Consumers. Why? They tell us it’s because we aren’t putting as much pressure on them as other groups do.
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GOAL: 2,945 signatures
Dear Corporate Leader,
I am a Faith Driven Consumer—a member of a community of Faith Driven Consumers who spend $2 trillion every year in the marketplace. And since there are 41 million of us, we also come to work every day in your company—a company that claims to champion diversity and inclusion.
In reality, you don’t treat us as equally as other groups.
I watch Corporate America leading the charge for “tolerance” and “inclusivity” for a wide variety of ideas and viewpoints—all while taking steps that marginalize us. Equality means equality for all—including Faith Driven Consumers.
Just like everyone else, I want to be able to bring 100% of myself into the workplace and marketplace. And I want to feel welcomed, embraced and celebrated just like the other groups you and other brands prioritize.
Instead, I see headlines every day about brands embracing some groups over others—and creating second-class citizenship for Faith Driven Consumers like me. That’s unfair, but it’s also unwise—because ignoring us is bad for business.
By signing this petition, I am joining a national movement of Faith Driven Consumers pledging to support brands that score better than their competitors on the Faith Equality Index. Together, we ask your brand to publicly acknowledge Faith Driven Consumers and take specific, ongoing steps to welcome us into your rainbow of diversity and improve your company’s Faith Equality Index score—close the gaps.
While other indexes help consumers understand how brands welcome, embrace and celebrate the Hispanic, African-American, LGBT, disabled, and other communities, the Faith Equality Index is the benchmark resource focused on how you engage me—a member of the underserved Faith Driven Consumer market.
One of America’s greatest strengths is its diversity. Because Corporate America celebrates diversity and inclusion, I ask your brand to #AddUsIn—demonstrate your commitment to full application of equality.
Inclusiveness doesn’t mean welcoming some people, it means welcoming all.
A Faith Driven Consumer
Kellie Thommes endorsed 2016-05-05 20:21:25 -0400
Victory! Today, for the first time ever, the Supreme Court of the United States confirmed that profit-seeking corporations can hold a religious view under federal law. The landmark 5-4 ruling favors Christian-owned companies Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood.
In the ongoing battle for religious freedom in America, this is a huge victory for Christians who seek to steward their lives and businesses in accordance with their deeply held convictions and biblical worldview.
While the context for this ruling was set within the onerous Obamacare mandate requiring companies to offer abortion-inducing drugs in their employee health plans, the implications for this ruling have much broader religious liberty implications for you and me and the companies that we support as Faith Driven Consumers.
Let’s take a moment now to thank the brave and bold leadership of both Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood for standing on their faith and defending our constitutionally guaranteed religious liberty—pushing this case all the way to the Supreme Court.
Sign below to add your personal thank you to the letter we will deliver to Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood on behalf of Faith Driven Consumers nationwide.
Thank you for recognizing Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood who stood up for our First Amendment freedom of religious liberty. When we come together as Faith Driven Consumers and make our voices heard, we positively change a culture that’s becoming increasingly hostile to our right to hold and express biblical faith and values.
Faith Driven Consumer