Or as Vladimir Lenin would call them,useful idiots.
The Latest in the Liberals' War Against Christianity
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Liberals continue their assault on Christianity in the United States, and those Democrats who claim the Christian faith continue standing idly by while the political party they fund and support facilitates it. Shameful.
This time, the organization Change.org (the group that previously went after Chick-fil-A for being "anti-gay"...for a great read on this saga, check out Michelle Malkin's post here) has gone after TOMS shoes (a company that donates a pair of shoes to underprivileged children for every pair that is purchased by a customer) simply because their founder, Blake Mycoskie agreed to speak at an event sponsored by Christian group Focus on the Family.
With flashes of Dr. Frank Turek being fired for merely holding personal Christian beliefs outside of the workplace, Mycoskie and TOMS were browbeat by Change.org and the radical left for even associating with an "anti-gay, anti-abortion" group like Focus. Keep in mind Focus on the Family has taken a very pronounced step back from their political and cultural involvement in recent years since Dr. Dobson turned over the organization to Jim Daly. But that doesn't stop the radicals on the left who don't think anyone should even speak to a Christian who doesn't see the world as they do.
From Christianity Today:
Mycoskie partnered with Focus on the Family for a "Style Your Sole" event with about 500 people on June 30... The partnership between Focus and TOMS prompted sites like Jezebel to question whether TOMS should partner with an "anti-gay, anti-choice group?" Ms. Magazine started a petition on Change.org that has received about 500 signatures, asking TOMS to drop its relationship with Focus.
Here's what Mycoskie posted on his blog:
Had I known the full extent of Focus on the Family's beliefs, I would not have accepted the invitation to speak at their event. It was an oversight on my part and the company's part and one we regret. In the last 18 months we have presented at over 70 different engagements and we do our best to make sure we choose our engagements wisely, on this one we chose poorly.
Furthermore, contrary to what has been reported, Focus on the Family is not a TOMS giving partner.
So there is no misunderstanding created by this mistake, let me clearly state that both TOMS, and I as the founder, are passionate believers in equal human and civil rights for all. That belief is a core value of the company and of which we are most proud.
Focus on the Family was attempting to become a major TOMS distributor in Africa. That will not be possible now. Whether Mycoskie really feels as strongly as his statement reads is irrelevant to understanding what happened here. The left hates Christianity so much that they would rather see the work of TOMS be limited (in other words, fewer poor kids get shoes) than to see anyone do business with, associate with, have a relationship with, or even speak to Christian believers.
For his part, Jim Daly (president of Focus) responded by saying:
Daly said Mycoskie's apology was an "unfortunate statement about the culture we live in, when an organization like ours is deemed unfit" over beliefs about marriage. "It's also a chilling statement about the future of the culture we live in," he said.
Chilling indeed. The criminalization of Christianity (or at least significant portions of Christian doctrine) is coming. And it's coming at the behest of the left. Christians that continue empowering it with their votes for Democrats and liberal Republicans have this on their hands.