Statement from Faith Driven Consumer Founder Chris Stone on Houston Mayor Parker's Decision to Withdraw Subpoenas on Pastors in the City
Contact: Matthew Faraci, Faith Driven Consumer™, 919-645-0771, firstname.lastname@example.org
RALEIGH, N.C., October 29, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Faith Driven Consumer™, the group that emerged on the national stage last year with its #IStandWithPhil campaign that played a leading role in Phil Robertson's return to Duck Dynasty, continues to serve as an advocate for more than 41 million consumers who spend $2 trillion annually. Two weeks ago, the group launched a major petition campaign, #HoustonWeHaveAProblem, using the website HoustonProblem.com, demanding that the City of Houston immediately "cease and desist all bullying and other offensive actions" against a group of pastors who are victims of an aggressive harassment effort at the hands of the city government. The city was demanding that a group of pastors turn over any sermons – including personal correspondence such as emails – "dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city's first openly lesbian mayor" as initially reported by Fox News.
"Today's decision by Mayor Parker to withdraw the city's subpoenas on the 'Houston Five' pastors, specifically citing the concerns of the religious community and ministers around the country, is a victory for people of conscience around the nation. Nearly 12,000 people signed up to support our #HoustonWeHaveAProblem petition, and their voice — and the voices of tens of thousands of others — demonstrate that getting involved, sticking to the facts, and speaking in a sensible way makes a significant difference. We are thrilled for those pastors, who can now focus on doing what they do best, serving their community," said Chris Stone, Founder of Faith Driven Consumer.
Faith Driven Consumer's #HoustonWeHaveAProblem petition campaign reminded everyone that "pastors have been at the very center of American society since even before our founding as a nation, and they remain an integral part of the lives of untold of millions of Americans today," that "our First Amendment protects freedom of speech and religion," and that "we…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." Signers at HoustonProblem.com desire that "the City of Houston, in their quest to provide protection for LGBT citizens, to equally and explicitly acknowledge and ensure the equal rights of people of faith to live and express openly their deeply held religious beliefs."
Read the full petition at HoustonProblem.com.
About Faith Driven Consumer
Faith Driven Consumer™ leads a movement of more than 41 million Americans, 17% of the adult population, who spend $2 trillion annually. The group educates, equips and motivates Faith Driven Consumers to action in the marketplace of goods, services and ideas—offering resources for making more faith-conscious decisions, including reviews of companies and entertainment products. Recognized for its #IStandWithPhil, #OpenZilla, #FlipThisDecision, #IStandwithHobbyLobby and #NoahMovie campaigns, the organization continues to serve as an advocate for people whose faith informs their daily decisions in the marketplace. For more information go to: www.faithdrivenconsumer.com.