Faith Driven Consumer favorites—Duck Dynasty’s Jep and Jessica Robertson—just adopted a baby, their fifth child! After Jessica experienced complications with her last pregnancy, which left her unable to have more children, the couple found a new blessing in adoption. Check out their exclusive interview with previously unreleased footage on ABC’s Good Morning America, and remember to support companies that welcome Christian values, like respect for life.Read more
ALS Association supports Embryonic Stem Cell Research
What’s not to like about the latest craze sweeping the nation?
As it turns out, more than meets the eye if you’re a Faith Driven Consumer committed to the pro-life cause.
Known as the “Ice Bucket Challenge,” this wildly successful campaign to raise awareness and funds to combat Lou Gehrig’s Disease through the ALS Association has gone viral on Facebook and other social media platforms—garnering massive levels of national media attention as celebrities and regular folks alike continue to take the plunge.Read more
Faith Driven Consumers Question Conflicting Constitutional Rights
January 22nd marked the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade and the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision on abortion. Despite
everyone acknowledging that abortion is the law of the land and that the present court is unlikely to change that fact, Americans remain highly divided on the issue. Recently, in the context of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, the ruling that abortion is a fundamental unenumerated right under the U.S. Constitution has come into direct conflict with the enumerated First Amendment right to freedom of religious expression.
Imagine going to the vending machine to get a quick snack such as chips or a drink. What if one of your options was to buy Plan B, the “morning-after pill”?
This week, the debate over government-funded contraception has grown more intense. Conservative talk-show host,Rush Limbaugh, is seeing advertisers pulling advertisements from his show for controversial comments about a Georgetown University law student.
“The [student] testified at a congressional hearing in favor of an Obama administration mandate that employee health plans include free contraceptive coverage. While religious institutions are exempt, their affiliates, such as hospitals and universities, were at first included in the requirement.”
In the midst of the debate over free contraceptive coverage, a university in Pennsylvania is providing the Plan B pill in vending machines. The Associated Press said the “contraceptive has been available in the machine at the health center at Shippensburg University for two years now, but word is just getting out now.”
Students who want the pill have to feed $25 into the vending machine; other contraceptives such as condoms are available in the machine. It even offers pregnancy tests.
A student at Shippensburg said about the machine, “’I think it’s great the school is giving us this option. I’ve heard some kids say they’d be too embarrassed to go into town. ‘”
While our country still faces major decisions over the Obama Health Care mandate, as Faith Driven Consumers we have to consider the implications of birth control becoming a “free” prescription:
• It gives young people the idea that sex can be promiscuous, “safe”, and does not need to be saved for marriage.
• It means that the tax-payer dollars of Christian Americans would be going to practices they oppose.
As Faith Driven Consumers, we need to speak out about our convictions. Whether we show this by voting for politicians who share our beliefs or supporting companies, like Walmart, that are not providing pills like Plan B, we need to show the marketplace what we believe about this situation.
By Adaline Haseltine
After an appearance on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight,” former “Growing Pains” star, Kirk Cameron, finds himself the brunt of attacks for his answers to questions about same-sex marriage.
Cameron stated on the show that he believes “marriage equality [is] ‘detrimental and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization.’ He continued, ‘Marriage is almost as old as dirt, and it was defined in the garden between Adam and Eve, so I would never try to redefine marriage. And I don’t think anyone else should either,’ Cameron said. ‘So do I support the idea of gay marriage? No I don’t.”’
His remarks on the show have received backlash from The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). The Senior Director of programs at GLAAD said, “In this interview Kirk Cameron sounds even more dated than his 1980s TV character.”
Other actors and actresses have spoken out as well. Celebrity blogger, Perez Hilton, said in his blog, “It’s clear that despite his attempt to soften his opinions with some serious politician-esque dodging of questions, all he’s taken from his religion is outdated bigotry and hatred for those who are different.”
Former star of “The Nanny,” Fran Drescher, said Cameron needs to “rethink what it means to be an American,” and that “he is confusing our country, which is a country that separates church from state, with a religious dictatorship.”
Cameron has responded to the criticisms on his Facebook Page by saying, “In some people’s eyes, my responses were not sufficiently “loving” toward those in the gay community. I can only say that it is my life’s mission to love all people, and that I expressed the same views that are expressed clearly and emphatically throughout the Judeo-Christian scriptures. As a Bible believing Christian, I could not have answered any other way.”
Faith Driven Consumer wants to know if you stand up for your faith in the face of controversy.
As Faith Driven Consumers, we need to live boldly in our faith, even if it puts us in the middle of a moral debate. We can live and walk in our faith every day by supporting companies that are more closely aligned with our worldview, watching wholesome television shows, and being a good steward at work.
Kirk Cameron’s interview with Piers Morgan:
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Out of all of the fall colors you see from the foliage, you may notice a bright color sticking out amongst the rest–pink! October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As you may have noticed, everyday items in stores are marked with pink ribbons, signifying a donation to a breast cancer research foundation.
Among the most popular breast cancer research foundations is Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Created in 1982, the Susan G. Komen foundation has invested more than $1.9 billion the breast cancer awareness movement. Its advocacy has been supported generously with contributions from corporate sponsors and donations.
For many, Susan, G. Komen offers hope to those with breast cancer, but as Christians we should be concerned about where the foundation places its contributions.
According to LifeNews.com, just last year Susan G. Komen gave $700,000 toPlanned Parenthood–the largest abortion provider in the country. The foundation released a statement in June 2011 saying “Komen funding is used exclusively to provide breast cancer programs, including clinical breast exams conducted by trained medical personnel.”
Further, the Susan G. Komen mission states that it is to ‘help save lives by increasing screening rates among all populations of women across the U.S. and around the world. As long as there is a need for health care for vulnerable populations, Komen will fund the facilities that can best meet those needs.’
While this seems like an appropriate response for those worried about where the money is going, Faith Driven Consumers still need to be concerned. Every time you buy something with the pink ribbon that gives proceeds to Susan G. Komen, you are helping fund a part of Planned Parenthood services.
Here are some quick facts about Planned Parenthood’s breast health services:
- Planned Parenthood does not offer mammograms.
- Planned Parenthood provides breast exams with a doctor.
- Planned Parenthood provides education/information about breast cancer: signs, treatments, etc.
- If the doctor feels a mammogram is necessary, they provide a referral.
Though Susan G. Komen for the Cure believes that giving to Planned Parenthood will provide women breast health services, Planned Parenthood is the primary provider of abortions.
Another philanthropic organization that also supports Planned Parenthood is United Way. While United Way is an organization dedicated to using community support to further the lives and common good of people, some United Way groups have donated to Planned Parenthood.
In a statement provided by United Way, it has taken a neutral position on the issue of abortion so as to not detract from the mission and goals of the organization. United Way maintains that the money does not go to fund or support abortions, but rather to help the well-being of the people through “community health maintenance, e.g. communicable disease prevention; medical care service; family planning; health education; public awareness services; and family preservation and strengthening services, e.g. counseling and family life education.”
While United Way may not directly support abortion services through Planned Parenthood, it is providing money to them in other ways which frees up Planned Parenthood’s resources to spend more toward abortion services.
Is giving to Planned Parenthood still justified in your mind?
Mother Teresa said, ‘America needs no words from me to see how your decision in Roe v. Wade has deformed a great nation. The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has sown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships. It has aggravated the derogation of the father’s role in an increasingly fatherless society. It has portrayed the greatest of gifts — a child — as a competitor, an intrusion, and an inconvenience. It has nominally accorded mothers unfettered dominion over the independent lives of their physically dependent sons and daughters.’
Some organizations are currently speaking out against Planned Parenthood and abortion. Lila Rose is president ofLive Action, a youth-led, pro-life movement for human rights. Abby Johnson, a former employee at Planned Parenthood also speaks out against the organization in her book unPlanned. The National Black Pro-Life Coalition is an organization that wants to ‘end abortion by restoring a culture of Life and the Foundation of family in the black community.’
As Faith Driven Consumers, we need to speak out against giving to Planned Parenthood and support organizations that are advocating for the lives of the unborn. We encourage you to do some research and find breast cancer foundations that you believe are faith-friendly and give to organizations you can support.
Please look at our company reviews to see which companies are giving to United Way, Susan G. Komen or Planned Parenthood.