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Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Leading Christian Consumer Group Calls on 5 Companies to Stop Exclusionary Practices; Success of GOD'S NOT DEAD 2 Demonstrates Overwhelming Support for Inclusion

Leading Christian Consumer Group Calls on 5 Companies to Stop Exclusionary Practices; Success of GOD'S NOT DEAD 2 Demonstrates Overwhelming Support for Inclusion

POLL: Nearly two-thirds of Americans agree Christians face growing intolerance, a sharp increase from half just two years ago

#GodsNotDead2Us grassroots "movie to movement" campaign enters next phase as Faith Driven Consumers call on five top diversity and inclusion leaders--AT&T, Comcast, Allstate, Marriott, and Wells Fargo--to treat Christian employees and customers with equality, welcome them into their rainbows of diversity

RALEIGH, N.C., April 5, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Faith Driven Consumer(TM) (FDC)--representing 41 million Americans who spend $2 trillion annually, has earned wide recognition for its groundbreaking (FEI), which scores more than 500 major brands for compatibility with the FDC community, and also for its Faith-Friendly Film Review entertainment rating system. FDC serves as a key resource for audiences and entertainment industry leaders alike, measuring the faith-compatibility of entertainment offerings and predicting how they will resonate.

Last week, the group launched a national grassroots "movie to movement" campaign--called #GodsNotDead2Us--with a message of respect and inclusion for Christians that parallels the theme of GOD'S NOT DEAD 2.

Today, the campaign enters a new phase as the group shifts its attention specifically to five companies who have been recognized as leaders in diversity and inclusion, yet continue to exclude Faith Driven Consumers.

"God's Not Dead 2 is a cause-oriented, destination film. It was successful this weekend because millions of consumers of all stripes registered their support for universal inclusion. They recognize the only way to achieve true diversity is to ensure that all of the colors in America's rainbow are welcomed, celebrated, and embraced equally--including Faith Driven Consumers," said Chris Stone, Founder of Faith Driven Consumer.

"After leaving the theater, millions are seeking action--turning this movie into a movement. The natural place to start is by changing the behavior of the companies Faith Driven Consumers work for and shop with every single day.

Today, we are asking our community, and all who value equality, to hold AT&T, Marriott, Comcast, Allstate, and Wells Fargo accountable for their conspicuous exclusion of Faith Driven Consumers.

"These companies all have high marks from the most respected diversity indexes, demonstrating a sustained, serious, and deeply intentional commitment--including other prioritized communities.

However, when those high marks are compared to each company's Faith Equality Index score--built using similar standards and methodologies as the other indexes--their low scores reveal a massive gap."

"While each company states clearly that they do not discriminate--even on the basis of religion--in practice that is exactly what they are doing. That's not inclusion, it's not diversity--it's hypocrisy--and it's time to change.

Today, we ask each company to demonstrate true diversity--close the gap--embrace Faith Driven Consumers equally with other groups."

A new survey by Lifeway Research finds that two-thirds of Americans (63%) say Christians face increasing intolerance, up from half (50%) in 2013.

Newly released Faith Driven Consumer analysis of leading Diversity and Inclusion scores and rankings from six sources shows that these five Fortune 500 brands are champions of diversity across the spectrum with one glaring exception--Faith Driven Consumers.

AT&T, Comcast, Allstate, Marriott, and Wells Fargo all score high on the HRC CEI (LGBT), HACR CII (Hispanic), Black Enterprise 40 Best, and rank among Diversity Inc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity.

However, none of the five score higher than 27 out of 100 on Faith Driven Consumer's Faith Equality Index.

To learn more about the #GodsNotDead2Us campaign, go to this link:

About Faith Driven Consumer

Faith Driven Consumer (FDC) is working to achieve marketplace and workplace equality for 41 million consumers who spend two trillion dollars annually. FDC envisions a world where inclusion is extended with parity to Faith Driven Consumers, who have the right to be celebrated as an essential color in the American rainbow of diversity.

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