The former Allstate manager who says he was fired for writing a column on his own time criticizing same-sex marriage and homosexuality has launched a new website to keep supporters up-to-date on his lawsuit against the insurance giant.
As WorldNetDaily 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. Besides working for the insurance provider, Barber was and is a professional heavyweight boxer, a jazz drummer and a Web commentator. His columns have appeared on TheConservativeVoice.com, MensNewsDaily.com and others.
The column in question was written and posted in December. After being called into a meeting with two human resources officials who confronted Barber about the column, he was fired effective Feb. 3.
Though the original column’s bio line did not indicate Barber worked for Allstate, editors at one of the sites where it was posted added that information, and a complaint about the piece made its way to Allstate management.
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 is challenging Allstate in federal court. The suit was filed in May, but Barber’s attorneys don’t expect it to come to trial until next year.
“To have Fortune 100 companies like Allstate firing people for expressing their sincerely held religious beliefs and even their personal viewpoints on their own time demonstrates just how out of kilter things have gotten,” Gibbs told WND.
“Allstate aggressively pushes and promotes the homosexual agenda in the name of tolerance, but the minute someone speaks up with what would be considered the traditional moral-values viewpoint, the tolerance disappears and it results in a termination.”
The new website, WebTruth.net, explains Barber’s lawsuit and cites the support he has received from the American Family Association and other groups. The site also includes Barber’s bio and contact information.
Barber contends Allstate’s “diversity” policy contributed to an environment hostile toward traditional religious values.
The insurance company’s foundation has donated money to homosexual-advocacy organizations, including the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and the LAMBDA Legal Defense and Education Fund. A notice about the Allstate foundation says funds are given to “nonprofit organizations that are related to tolerance, diversity and inclusion.”