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Thousands of e-mails are pouring into Allstate after the American Family Association yesterday informed its supporters of a lawsuit filed against the insurance giant by a former employee who alleges he was terminated because he wrote a column posted on several websites that was critical of same-sex marriage and espoused his Christian beliefs.
As WorldNetDaily first reported, J. Matt Barber was a manager in Allstate’s Corporate Security Division, its investigative arm, at the Fortune 100 company’s headquarters in Northbrook, Ill. On his own time, he has written several columns published on the Internet at sites such as TheConservativeVoice.com and MensNewsDaily.com.
Barber posted a column in December that was critical of same-sex marriage and the practice of homosexuality. One version of the column ID’d Barber in the bio-line as an employee of Allstate even though he did not submit the piece with that information.
After Allstate – which financially supports homosexual advocacy groups – received a complaint about the column, Barber was fired and escorted off the company’s property Feb. 3. On May 26, with the help of the Christian Law Association and David Gibbs III, who represented Terri Schiavo’s family in the final weeks of her life, Barber filed a lawsuit against Allstate in federal court. The suit seeks compensatory and punitive damages, as well as attorneys’ fees.
On American Family Association’s website, a notice states: “The message is clear: To work for Allstate one must not publicly express their Christian belief in the Bible’s teaching on homosexuality. Barber was fired because he did. Homosexuals can criticize and condemn the Bible’s teaching and they are welcomed, but Christians must remain silent.”
A link is provided where AFA supporters can send an e-mail to Allstate Chairman Edward M. Liddy, the Board of Directors and other executives of the company.
AFA told WorldNetDaily over 15,000 e-mails had been sent within the first three hours of the group’s alert going out.
The proposed e-mail to Allstate says:
Dear Allstate and Chairman Liddy,
Just a note to let you know I will not be purchasing any insurance from Allstate. You are free to push the homosexual agenda and punish Christians, but I am free to not buy insurance from you.
When you reinstate Matt Barber with an apology and back pay, I might reconsider purchasing insurance from Allstate.
AFA also is encouraging supporters to contact their local Allstate agent and “tell him or her you will not be purchasing any insurance from them.”