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Christian Values Network (aka CGBG) Hurting With Revenue Loss Blames “Bullying Activists”

Now that both Apple and Microsoft have pulled the Christians Value Network Store App  and the CVN has lost over 50 online stores for the fact that revenue created by the CVN goes to anti-gay and anti-woman hate groups the CVN has sent out a press release blaming “bullying activist” of lying about the group and tries to set the record straight with the document entitled: CGBG corrects the record with ‘The 5 Mistruths by the Activists;’ Asks Retailers to Remain Neutral

“At a time when charitable giving is down, a small group of activists wants to shut down options for people to help others based on their religious views,” said Jed Trosper, CEO of CGBG. “Retailers are being manipulated by a bullying campaign fueled by false information. We urge them to review the facts and remain neutral on these issues by maintaining or reestablishing their relationships with all potential customers, regardless of the customers’ beliefs.” 
 
In their Press Release the Christian Values Group which recently changed its name to the CGBG (The Charity Give Back Group) to rid itself of any looks of religious connections no doubt lists the following “Mistruths” that the mean “bullying activist” have spread.
 
#1: CGBG network charities Focus on the Family and Summit Ministries are listed as “hate groups” by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).
Truth: Focus on the Family and Summit Ministries are not designated as “hate groups” by the Southern Poverty Law Center. These organizations are legitimate 501(c) (3) organizations as classified by the United States Internal Revenue Code. Activists have falsely singled out these not for profit entities to sensationalize their message.

#2: That the Family Research Council is a “hate group.”
Truth: The Family Research Council is a legitimate, federally licensed 501(c) (3) non-profit group and is not a hate group per the standards of designation of the United States government.  FRC is vigorously defending itself from this year inclusion on the SPLC designation as a “hate group.” In fact, many of CGBG’s competitors – including Good Search/Shop, iGive, and Giveback – as well as the majority of the retailers who have left our network, enable online shoppers to financially support Family Research Council and Focus the Family.

#3: That CGBG is associated with Abiding Truth Ministries, a Springfield, MA.,-based organization classified by the SPLC as a “hate group.”
Truth: CGBG is not affiliated with either Abiding Truth Ministries in Springfield, MA. or Temecula, CA. founded by Scott Lively, in any way.

#4: The name of the business retailers are working with is “Christian Values Network.”
Truth: The Christian Values Network was renamed CGBG in March 2011 to reflect a broadening of the group’s mission and partner network, which includes more than 170,000 charities representing a range of religious, non-religious, educational and other groups. CGBG is not a religious organization and does not have any religious content on its site. In fact, CGBG has received outstanding performance ratings from consolidators who represent these retailers.  

#5: CGBG donates money to hate groups and anti-women organizations.
Truth: CGBG works with legitimate 501(c) (3) organizations as designated by the United States Internal Revenue Code. CGBG connects shoppers making everyday purchases to online retailers. CGBG receives a percentage of each eligible purchase from various retailers in the form of a commission. CGBG enables consumers to choose which of 170,000 charities will receive 50 percent of that commission as financial support. CGBG does not make donations, nor does it choose which charities will receive financial support.  

WOW THATS ALOT OF BULLSHIT! 

Lets start with my favorite point which is a recurring theme through this santorum filled press release.

“The Family Research Council is a legitimate, federally licensed 501(c) (3) non-profit group and is not a hate group per the standards of designation of the United States government”

To use this argument, to put in bluntly, is total bullshit.  

To use the excuse that a group is a ” legitimate, federally licensed 501(c) (3) non-profit group” and thus cannot be a hate group is puposely misleading and I know this for a fact.  Having worked in the Tax Exempt Goverment Entity (TE/GE) Division of the Internal Revenue Service the mission of the group has very little outcome on its actual designation.  As long as the group has the proper paperwork, board, and religious affiliations/and or internal make-up any group can be 501 (c) (3).  Case in point The Westboror Baptist Church and certain chapters of the Ku Klux Clan are 501 (c) (3).  The IRS does not make tax exempt decisions on moral issues.  they make decisions based on the paperwork received and its paperwork sent in accordance to IRS guidelines.  This being said would  the CVG/CGBG say that the Ku Klux Klan  and Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church aren’t hate groups?

Also there are NO “United States Goverment hate group standards” There ARE hate crime laws and terrorist group standards but no hate group standards.  But according to the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) a hate groups have a “primary purpose is to promote animosity, hostility, and malice against persons belonging to a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity/national origin which differs from that of the members of the organization.”  Which the AFA, FRC, Focus on the Family and many of the other groups that recieve monies through CVG/CGBG do and have been rightfully labled as hate groups by the  two main organizations that monitor intolerance and hate groups,  the Anti-Defamation League (ADL)[ and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)

I can literally rip this CVG/CGBG press release apart all day that is how full of misinformation and doubletalk it is.

But the bottom line is simple.

The CVG/CGBG are liars, charlatans, and grifters who support hate and are loking to make a quick buck.  Nothing more.  Nothing less.

Don’t buy from stores that are listed on it. Contact those stores and tell them you will not buy from them until they remove themselves from the CVG/CGBG list,  and spread the word.

Many thanks to @thespiansfo –

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Will Kohler

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