Faith, Furniture + Activism

mitchell goldAs the CEO of a furniture company in North Carolina that boasts annual sales of more than $100 million, Mitchell Gold knows a thing or two about making customers feel comfortable. These days, however, he is working to unsettle people.

Gold, in addition to his day job, is the founder and primary funder of Faith in America, an organization that seeks to “educate Americans about the misuse of religious teachings to discriminate and isolate gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.” This week, the organization launched a multi-city campaign aimed at people who live in the early presidential primary and caucus states.

The campaign’s first newspaper ad ran May 6 in Ames, Iowa. After Iowa, from May until the end of November, the campaign will hit Reno, Nev.; Greenville, S.C.; Manchester, N.H., and Colorado Springs, Colo. Colorado Springs is the home of Focus on the Family, an organization known for opposing, on religious grounds, gay rights and other liberal causes… [More]

Update: Coming to a billboard near you:

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UPDATE: The Independent Weekly has done a nice little interview with Rev. Jimmy Creech, the Executive Director of Faith in America, the orgaization newly founded to promote the Call to Courage Campaign.

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3 responses to “Faith, Furniture + Activism

  1. WOW!!!

  2. I’m really glad to see that this organization exists. The New Testament’s message is one of love and tolerance, not of hate and judgment. It’s so unfortunate that the Bible has been misused as it has, so unfortunate that religion has wrongly fostered so much bigotry. I wish the Bible were more widely read, not only by those who profess to follow Christ, but also by the secular population. A few verses are adequate rebuttal to any message of “religious” hate and bigotry. There is simply no support for hate and bigotry in the New Testament, nor can the laws of the Old Testament be used to justify hate and bigotry because those laws became obsolte when Christ died on the cross and became the high priest of a new covenant (see Hebrews 8:13). Christ said “A new command I give you: Love one another” (John 13:34). He also said, “Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law” (Romans 13:10). And He also said, “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned” (Luke 6:37). In other words, the new commandment is this: love one another and abstain from inflicting judgment, harm, and condemnation. It’s not an isolated message and it’s not a message conveniently made here by taking verses out of context. The whole of the New Testament is devoted to Christ’s message of love and tolerance. People should really read their Bibles before they judge/condemn in the Lord’s name! 😉 …Let me know if you hear anything about when this organization will be in town and what they’ll be doing. I checked their website but didn’t see any details. Thanks for the post. Good info!

  3. emerritt, I don’t know that the org will physically be present here in town, methinks they’re underwriting the campaign in key states who’re holding early primaries.

    I think you are right-on about the Bible and scriptures, but unfortunately most folks absorb what they’re told to interpret, and it is the loudest most vocal interpretations that get the most press. Bible sales seem to be a pretty high market, hopefully *someone* will read them as well.

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