Skip to comments.J. MATT BARBER'S PERSECUTION OVER GAY MARRIAGE
Posted on 08/23/2005 7:25:21 AM PDT by conservative auto worker
The American Worker is a series of papers developed around worker issues relative to the moral decline in America over the last 50 years. There is no better recent illustration of the importance of this issue then the story of American Worker J. Matt Barber. His dismissal from the Allstate Insurance Company for his opposition to same-sex marriage and his stand for one-man, one-woman marriage is a true indicator of where America stands in the cultural war today.
Our culture has become loud, profane, disrespectful and in your face. In 2005, America now offers legalized on demand murder through abortion, living room pornography through our televisions, violent and vulgar music and films through our radios and movies. On top of these developments we now face the potential redefinition and destruction of the American family itself as powerful groups with help from big labor unions fight for same-sex marriage. Our culture is seething with anti-family messages and attacks on those who take stands for values and morality. J. Matt Barber and his family have become a symbol of this.
There are many of us that are completely fed up and are fighting this darkness that is choking out our American culture.
America needs to wake up and smell the coffee. We need to go back home again to the real definition of family and America.
What has happened to free speech in America? Dont workers have the right to free speech? Has it flown out the window so ultra-liberal so-called politically correct fringe pressure groups who hide in the darkness can pop out at will, squash and march in lockstep over the constitutional rights of those they disagree with?
Why do those who practice homosexuality have freedom of speech and Christians who voice their convictions on their own time get fired? There is something mighty wrong here that doesnt pass the smell test.
Christianity is not something we only practice in Church. As citizens our actions and deeds reflect our Christianity. That is what Matt was terminated for. It had nothing to do with Allstate. Matt was a good worker. If anyone was to be terminated, it should be the people who were feeble minded enough to fire Mr. Barber in the first place.
As conservative Christians we know for certain where God stands on life, marriage and homosexuality. Christians, like Mr. Barber and the church body itself, have the right and responsibility to stand up for Biblical righteousness where and when we can. That is what Mr. Barber was doing with his article.
Doesnt Church mean a little more than ice cream socials, fish dinners and social functions? Shouldnt churches be held more accountable? While there are churches and Christian based organizations like the AFA that have stepped up to the plate and are carrying the load, there are many other churches that remain comatosely quiet on these moral issues. They let others do it for them and refuse to do their part. Thats how anti-Biblical groups and issues garner power. That is how and why our culture has declined. These cultural changes were not a force of nature. On the contrary, they did not have to occur. These groups had no power but came in like a lion because of the silence of our church body.
It is time for all of Americas churches to crack open their Bibles and read what Gods word says about these issues. Then grow a backbone, join the fight and reclaim our culture. Our nation can no longer afford us to bury our heads in the sand, ignore the issues and even worse support ultra-liberal politicians.
In too many cases today our underpaid and very dependent pastors feel compelled to go lightly on issues like homosexuality and abortion because one of their liberal church members might not like it and get their nose out of joint. Well let them get their nose out of joint! This attitude has created a slippery downward domino effect where these issues are not properly discussed in the church. If the people dont read and understand their bibles on these issues, and some dont, and then they see it accepted more and more in our culture, like they all do, then it gets accepted more and more, which it has.
Church, get active and SPEAK OUT! Dont wait until there is only one single church or Christian organization left speaking out on the moral issues. If you dont speak out now then you could very well be opening up a Christian persecution, the likes of which hasnt been seen for nearly 2000 years.
What has happened to Matt and his family is clearly a one sided biased position against his Christian beliefs and the word of God? Allstate owes J. Matt Barber more then the return of his job and lost salary for the needless persecution and discrimination that he and his family have been forced to endure.
J. Matt Barber fearlessly took on this major societal issue at tremendous personal sacrifice and did it for the defense of all our families. We owe him our support and we need to stand with him.
I don't know. Maybe the pastors should spend their time preaching the Gospel and let us conservatives fight these battles.
We will ose this fight until God is put back into schools and college become place of higher learning again instead of places to go and have fun and put off facing life.
Did he return to his job with Allstate? Did Allstate offer a public apology?
No. It appears that Allstate is attempting to make an example out of Mr. Barber and that if you are a Christian Conservative there will a huge price to pay if you voice your Christian beliefs.
All conservatives need to get behind Mr. Barber. He is fighting this fight for our families.
"It appears that Allstate is attempting to make an example out of Mr. Barber and that if you are a Christian Conservative there will a huge price to pay if you voice your Christian beliefs."
Well Christian conservatives who have Allstate insurance should make Allstate pay a huge price and send their business elsewhere. Two can play at that game.
The author needs to read the Constitution again. Our protections are from the government(s) - not each other, for the most part. We have freedom of speech from the government, not those "civilians" around us up to and including employers.
Unless Allstate broke an employment law, there is no case. The article implies that religion was involved, but sure doesn't spell out how or support the charge.
One can regret this guy's being fired (and take your business elsewhere). Even picket the company (in most locales with a permit). But don't call what they did a violation of freedom of speech or assume he's being persecuted for his religion. The former is a misnomer and the latter completely unsupported.
To defeat the pressure applied to date, it would appear far more productive to mobilize protests and embargo the business. (Meet fire with fire in lieu of hyperventilating over non-applicable law.)
All State is not only intolerant of opinions and free speech but they offer poor service and full payouts are difficult to extract. My brother was a lawyer in Missouri and Kansas for 25 years and he says AllState has one of the worst records in the business in terms of paying clients.
Send Allstate a message and take your business elsewhere.
Exactly, there is more to activism than bitching on the internet.
My insurance agent calls Allstate 1-800-SCREW-YOU. I am no longer with them but with Erie and Unitrin who are class outfits.