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I did a search on FreeRepublic to see if anything on this was posted. I only saw an article about a local politician that has reached out to Matt Barber and included him in his campaign committee but that article was dated 11/5. Regardless of the current plight of Mr Barber and I do wish the best for this family, I strongly think we all need to lobby against Allstate for their actions here. Here's a great email piece that I just got that made me aware of this:

Radicals Steal Family's 'Home for the Holidays'

ALERT: If you're like me, you spent Thanksgiving with your family, seated comfortably around the dining room table in the family's home.

Matt Barber's family is about to lose that privilege -- because the radical left's "politically correct" police have pushed his employer to FIRE him for expressing his conservative beliefs (on his OWN TIME), and they are about to lose their home as a result.

As Illinois Family Institute Executive Director Peter LaBarbera stated regarding this persecution, "As we prepare to thank God for all the blessings we have as Americans, we currently have an opportunity to help Matt Barber, a Christian who was fired by Allstate for expressing his beliefs -- on his own time -- against homosexual 'marriage.' Please read the Daily Herald's Nov. 23 article about Matt's case, and if you feel so led, help Matt's family keep their home by making a donation through our friends at Lutheran Church Charities (LCC). LCC has set up a special fund to help the Barber family."

The article in Chicago's "Daily Herald" is available for a limited time here:

Matt Barber is suing Allstate for religious discrimination, but right now he and his wife Sarah and their three children are in danger of losing their Villa Park home to foreclosure. As LaBarbera told the Daily Herald, "Matt's become the symbol for politically correct repression. He lost his job for just giving his thoughts."

At Thanksgiving, we all have a lot to be thankful for, but others are finding it hard, especially those who suffer for taking their Christian beliefs into the marketplace. As so many are rushing out today to take advantage of the biggest shopping day of the year, let's do a little something extra... for a persecuted family in need.

TAKE ACTION: Allstate has denied firing Barber for his off-time expression of his religious beliefs, but here are the facts: The State of Illinois (Department of Employment Security) conducted a thorough investigation into Allstate's actions and ruled, without equivocation, in favor of Mr. Barber. The investigation determined: "The claimant (Mr. Barber) was discharged from Allstate Insurance Company because an outside organization had complained about an article he had written while on his own time."

Allstate did not identify the "outside organization," although it appears the radical left-wing homosexual lobbying group "Human Rights Campaign" instigated it all.

The State's investigation further concluded that Allstate intentionally chose to terminate Barber's employment for writing the article despite the fact that he engaged in no misconduct whatsoever: "The term misconduct means the deliberate and willful violation of a reasonable rule or policy of the employer... In this case, the claimant's action which resulted in his discharge was not deliberate and willful." This determination, issued March 8, 2005, was not appealed by Allstate.

On May 26, 2005, Attorney David Gibbs III of the Christian Law Association filed suit in federal court against Allstate Insurance Company on behalf of Mr. Barber. He had been employed as a manager in the corporate security division at the company's Chicago area headquarters. They're still in court.

To help save the Barber's home from foreclosure, you can send a tax-deductible gift today to Lutheran Church Charities. Just click on their website below, then click the "DONATE MONEY" button on the left, and then scroll down and select "IFI-Barber" to make your online donation:

For those who wish to send a gift in the mail to help the Barbers save their home before Christmas, make your check out to Lutheran Church Charities and send it to:

Barber Family Fund Lutheran Church Charities 333 W. Lake St. Addison, IL 60101

The Lutheran Church Charities phone number is 866-455-6466.

Also, if you don't believe Allstate's flimsy rationale for firing Matt Barber, and you're not happy with the way Allstate is treating people of faith, let their chairman know:

Edward M. Liddy Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer The Allstate Corporation 2775 Sanders Road Northbrook, IL 60062-6127 (800) 574-3553

NOTE: Be sure to forward this Alert to EVERYONE you know who wants to help a family that's being persecuted by the radical Left -- help them keep their "home for the holidays". Thank you!


William Greene, President

1 posted on 11/27/2005 6:55:30 AM PST by AgThorn
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FYI - found the article that Barber wrote last December that started this track of making him our 'poster boy' for conservative speech rights ...

2 posted on 11/27/2005 7:02:55 AM PST by AgThorn (Bush is my president, but he needs to protect our borders. FIRST, before any talk of "Amnesty.")
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To: AgThorn

While I agree he should sue Allstate, I do wonder why he hasn't found another job to support his family. Is the wife also unemployed? Makes one wonder if he's holding out for a settlement with Allstate to set him up for life.

3 posted on 11/27/2005 7:06:15 AM PST by mtbopfuyn (Legality does not dictate morality... Lavin)
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