If you’ve been paying attention, you’re aware that WRAL-Goodmon-mafia goons Chris Fitzsimon and Rob Schofield launched a vicious smear on Civitas and The Carolina Plott Hound web site. The alleged offense? CPH linked to an article by the Triad Conservative which suggested attorney general Josh Stein took an extreme position on an issue based on his religious views.
The uproar led to Civitas folding like a cheap suit, throwing an employee under the bus, and killing the Plott Hound site altogether.
The funny thing? Schofield and Fitzsimon thought it was A-OKAY back in 2012 to criticize a politician’s stands on the issues AND his religious beliefs:
That Forest is almost certainly the most conservative Lt. Governor in decades and quite likely the most conservative statewide elected official in North Carolina, period, seems little in doubt. Whether he’s keeping his own children out of the public schools to be “home schooled,” championing controversial anti-abortion “crisis pregnancy clinics” or opposing the very existence of the minimum wage, Forest appears to be in step with the most extreme wing of the state’s Tea Party movement on just about every issue. […]
Perhaps the most interesting and even borderline strange activity on Forest’s resume, however, involves his work with conservative nonprofits – most notably a Raleigh-based organization that calls itself “The Faith Driven Consumer.”The organization was founded (or, at least, it first registered with the North Carolina Secretary of State’s Corporations Division) in March of last year. Its two listed directors are Forest and a fellow named Christopher Stone—also of Raleigh. Forest also listed himself as a board member of the group on the statement of economic interest he filed with the State Ethics Commission in March of this year.
(Forest also listed three other groups on the ethics statement—an apparently active conservative Christian men’s group called the Triangle Leadership Forum of which Forest is actually the President and a pair of somewhat more mysterious groups called “Revision North Carolina” and “Revision America”—or perhaps “Re:Vision America” and “Re:Vision North Carolina.” Although referred to on his ethics disclosure and in campaign website, neither of these latter two groups was ever apparently incorporated with the Secretary of State. A web search turned up no active websites, but did turn up an old website for Re:Vision North Carolina in which it claimed to be a nonprofit organized under Chapter 501(c)(4) of the I.R.S. code—apparently as some sort of platform for Forest’s campaign. There’s even a video of Forest attacking Social Security, the Food and Drug Administration and the supposed threat of “Sharia law.”)
But back to The Faith Driven Consumer. According to its website, the group’s mission is:
“to empower consumers and companies to live more faithful lives.
- Creating a unifying consumer voice for those who hold a Christian worldview;
- Providing an opportunity for corporations to engage such consumers based upon their needs, wants and preferences just like they do for consumers with other worldviews.”
Basically, the group purports to provide seals of approval for companies that it decides comport with “Christian” and “Biblical” values (note that for the group’s purposes “Christian” and “Biblical” mean conservative, fundamentalist Christianity). It then promotes the companies to the supposed tens of millions of Americans whom it claims will be swayed by such information.
To make things even a little stranger, Stone and Forest also registered yet another nonprofit last March with a similar objective called True Trust Brands. That nonprofit, which also has a website, also claims the same address as its home base and the same basic mission.
The “Faith-Friendly Christmas Guide”
Perhaps the most interesting feature on FaithDrivenConsumer.org is its 38 page “Christmas Guide.” This is from the introduction:
“In this guide, you will see how some of the most popular stores for Christmas shopping – spanning various industries – stack up against a biblical worldview. Each company is rated by specific criteria (found in the back of your guide) and receives an overall score to reflect how closely it aligns to biblical beliefs. Click on the hyperlinks to view the full profile on the Company Reviews section of our website. The full profile shows you a fuller analysis of corporate behavior in the respective categories of Pro-life; Biblical Sexuality, Marriage and Family; Non-pornographic Materials; Wholesome Entertainment; Philanthropy; Corporate Responsibility and Other.”
For instance, one of the easiest ways for a company to get downgraded on its “Biblical” worldview is to support equality for the LGBT Americans. Indeed, a high score from a pro-equality group known as the Human Rights Campaign appears to be a surefire way to get downgraded by Stone’s and Forest’s group. So is support for the United Way and the Susan G. Komen Foundation (which fights breast cancer) because these groups “provide funds to Planned Parenthood.”
But perhaps the most entertaining and bizarre section can be found under its reviews of companies for their supposed promotion of “pornography.” The giant retailer Sears, for instance, gets extremely low marks because of some sexually-themed book titles it supposedly carries (evidently in some K-Mart stores which Sears owns) and because “Sear’s (sic) catalogues and website feature women in lingerie.” (Emphasis supplied.)
We are not making this up. The review even provides a handy link to the lingerie website for the faith-driven consumer to click on and, presumably, test his or her faith.
In a big upset, the group also gives low marks to the clothing retailer Victoria’s Secret in the same category.
Of course, if all of this were just some strange Saturday Night Live skit or Stephen Colbert parody, it would be amusing in every way. Unfortunately, it appears that, by all indications, Forest and Stone are serious about this stuff.And thus, as a result, North Carolinians can now look forward to at least four years in which the state’s second highest elected official subscribes to a worldview that is so warped and narrow and, well, absurdly wacky, that we can rest assured that the national jokesters and humorists will be hot on his trail in the near future.
It’s going to be a long four years.
Since THIS involves a conservative, I doubt we’ll be able to get the Southern Poverty Law Center to speak up about it.
One more time, folks: According to WRAL’s hitmen Rob & Chris, it is OKAY to bash politicians, who happen to be devout Christians, as extreme. But it is NOT OKAY to connect extreme positions by leftist politicos and their perceived religious background. Got it?