Charity Giveback Group Wages War on Critics Over Gay Rights
If you associate with and/or fund anti-gay hate groups like FRC then there will be repercussions. FRC is but one step removed from the zealots at Westboro Baptist Church, a group every sane conservative has decried for hate for at least a decade. Why do they treat Tony Perkins different than Fred Phelps? Tony says the same things in only slightly softer language. They aren’t willing to disassociate the hate groups, but instead they’ve rebranded to CGBG to hide the facts from donors.
On Aug. 9, a man describing himself as an “adviser” to the Charity Giveback Group, or CGBG, a Christian fundraising operation that Mike Huckabee is involved with, left an oddly threatening message on the voicemail of a San Francisco blogger named Roy Steele.
The for-profit company, which had been known as the Christian Values Network until a March name change, operates a sort of online mall, donating a portion of each purchase to religious nonprofits. Among them are conservative organizations like Focus on the Family, The Family Research Council, Promise Keepers, and a number of anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers. In recent months, thanks to a remarkably successful online boycott campaign, major companies have rushed to disassociate themselves from CGBG. Steele publicized the boycott on his blog, Tie-Dyed Jive in the (415), and sent out a press release promoting it. The voicemail he received in response, if indeed from someone associated with CGBG, would suggest that the company was getting rattled.