Some time ago I read with mild amusement that Microsoft removed their store from the “Christian Values Network”. Christian Values Network (CVN)
supposedly has connections with anti-gay groups...
July 08, 2011
In a matter of hours, Microsoft decided on Thursday to remove its online store from the “Christian Values Network” after more than 500 people
signed Stuart Wilber’s Change.org petition asking the software company to stop allowing the funding of anti-gay “hate groups” identified by the
Southern Poverty Law Center.
But the storm didn't die after that. There are several blue chip companies that make use of the CVN services. At the beginning of the campaign the
companies included Netflix, Macy's, Target, Best Buy, REI, Delta, Apple, Wells Fargo and even Sesame Street.
By July 15 the heat was on and several companies broke ties with CVN.
Pressure is increasing on Apple to remove their online store from the “Christian Values Network” (CVN), after several other corporations have
removed their stores this week. More than 3,500 people have signed Western Washington University student Ben Crowther’s Change.org petition to
Apple. CVN is used as a fundraising tool by several anti-gay, anti-women organizations like Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council.
Late Thursday, the Wells Fargo and Delta Airlines online stores were removed from CVN. Prior to removing their store, Wells Fargo was offering up to
$300 to the religious charity of the shopper’s choice, money that could be donated to “Focus on the Family” or the Family Research Council.
Delta offered $3.00 per ticket.
By July 27 Apple finally folded and removed their iTunes store from CVN.
Apple has removed their iTunes store from the “Christan Values Network” (CVN.org) after more than 22,000 people signed a petition on
Change.org started by Ben Crowther, a student and Apple customer concerned about CVN’s funding of anti-gay, anti-women organizations like Focus on
the Family and the Family Research Council.
The Apple campaign, which picked up significant momentum after 13,000 AllOut.org members signed another petition on Thursday, follows Microsoft’s
decision to leave CVN two weeks ago, prompted by another customer-driven campaign on Change.org. Several other companies have removed their online
stores since then, including REI, Macy's, Delta Airlines, BBC America, and Wells Fargo.
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By August 10 Hotels.com, Expedia and Priceline also broke ties with CVN:
Expedia says it ended an affiliate relationship with the Christian Values Network after learning the group donates money to some organizations
that some people paint as hate groups.
Expedia’s sister company Hotels.com also is in the process of getting its links removed from a Christian Values Network site.
And, Priceline is at least temporarily removing the Christian Values Network from the online travel agency’s affiliate network while it looks into
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Now, if you visit the "Christian Values Network" website (www.CVN.org) you find that the service is pretty straightforward...
How and when does my chosen charity, school, or faith-based organization receive the financial support?
The choice of online store, as well as the type of product or service purchased will determine when your chosen charity, school, or faith-based
organization organization receives your financial support. Typically, payments are received 60 to 90 days after the initial purchase; however, it
could be longer depending on the online store’s guidelines.
And it's the company that you buy from that's making the actual donation, not you...
...your purchases from over 700 online stores and sites will financially support your chosen organization - without adding any additional cost to
you! By downloading the ConnectionPlus™ toolbar, you'll be supporting your chosen organization whenever you shop with one of our partners.
But, it would seem like CVN has gone into hiding... Nowhere on the site will you see the words "Christian Values Network". Actually you'd be
hard-pressed to find the word "Christian" on the site. There is also no "About Us" page giving an indication as to whom and what the site/owners
of the site are. You'll notice the letters "CGBG" which is the abbreviation for "Charity Give Back Group". You will find a list of Organizations
CGBG supports... A quick look at the more than 170,000 quickly reveals that they more or less only support religious group...
And at this point we should perhaps ask the question, how did all of this come to light? Someone had to go through the 170,000 organisations and
picked out those that are anti-gay... Focus on the Family
is named in all the articles but the list also
includes Family Research Council, Summit Ministries, Abiding Truth Ministries, and the Liberty Counsel.... That is a mere 0.0029% of the organisations
that are openly anti-gay... It’s quite obvious that someone has it in for either CVN (CGBG) or “Focus on the Family”…
You don’t have to dig far to find the name Stuart Wilber. It was his petition that convinced Microsoft to pull out after a mere 500 signatures…
And you don't have to Google very far to find that the 71 y.o. Stuart Wilber
is gay activist...
Even so, this act of activism was a pretty far stretch in my opinion...