"If Your Boss Opposes Gay Marriage, You Can't Talk to Our Students About the Importance of Thrift"


Does this make any sense at all?

Amber Lapp writes at FamilyScholars:

I wanted to write a story featuring [a] class project for National Thrift Week, which is a public education campaign that “seeks to bring together a broad coalition of citizen leaders who share an appreciation of thrift as the wise use of resources and a conviction that thrift is the friend of sustainable prosperity, broad economic opportunity, beautiful neighborhoods, and a healthy planet.”

Sounds harmless, right? Of all the social movements imaginable, I’d say that a movement to renew thrift is one that can bring together a broad base of support from a truly diverse group of people. And that’s the beauty of it. In a world so filled with bitter disagreement, surely thrift is a concept as innocuous as they come—and yet one with real promise and potential to create social change for the better.

Or so I thought.

My cell rang. It was the supervisor of the urban farm.

“Ummm…sorry to call so late, but we actually don’t think it’s appropriate for you to come meet the students.”

“Do you mind if I ask why?” It was hard to believe that this was the same woman who had been so enthusiastic during our previous conversations.

“Well…” she stammered uncomfortably. “Your website is just too conservative. [She was referring to, rather than, which is the website for the Center for Thrift and Generosity and is separate from the Center for Marriage and Families.] You support marriage, and we’re not comfortable with that. We accept all forms of union.”

A few weeks earlier the same thing had happened with two different organizations.