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So-called Christian Donation Processing Firm Caves to LGBT Demands and Dumps Christian Ministry, Placing Other Ministry Clients at Same Risk

Contact: Campaign for Children and Families, 916-265-5650

SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 4, 2018 /Christian Newswire/ -- A leading pro-family organization in California is warning churches and ministries not to do business with Ministry Brands, an online donation processing service that dumps ministries that are biblically opposed to homosexuality and transsexuality.

In 2017, while Campaign for Children and Families (CCF) was in the midst of leading opposition to radical "sex change" bills in the California Legislature, CCF's donation manager Ministry Brands of Lenoir City, TN, and its processor Global Payments, cut off the financial legs from this California-based Christian ministry. CCF was unceremoniously dumped, leaving staff scrambling to recover.

"CCF has always abided by Ministry Brands' terms and conditions," said Randy Thomasson, founder and president of Campaign for Children and Families and SaveCalifornia.com. "Yet Ministry Brands and its partner shut us down because of intolerant LGBT activism that regards biblical love as 'hate.'"

"Any Christian ministry using Ministry Brands is at risk of the same treatment, if anti-free-speech LGBT activists find a YouTube video, recorded sermon, or even a church's statement of faith which is not fully supportive of homosexuality," Thomasson said. "We've been injured by this rash act, and so can any other moral-values ministry client of Ministry Brands and its two dozen-plus subsidiaries, such as MinistryLINQ, BlueFire, easyTithe, and Egiving.com. Ironically, with Ministry Brands, every moral ministry is threatened."

When given the opportunity to explain its actions and to make private restitution, Ministry Brands disclaimed responsibility, saying "feel free to reach out to" Global Payments, upon which it placed the blame. Liberty Counsel tried to resolve the matter privately on behalf of CCF with a letter and numerous phone calls and emails. After more than six months of denials and inaction by Ministry Brands, it is high time to warn churches, religious organizations, and moral individuals not to trust or partner with Ministry Brands or Global Payments.

Facts:

  • Campaign for Children and Families (CCF) is a California-based ministry organization that advocates on behalf of children, families, and traditional values, based on the Bible.
     
  • Since at least 2012, CCF had been a contracted client for online donation services of CashLINQ and MinistryLINQ, both subsidiaries of Ministry Brands, which purchased them in 2015. CCF has at all times complied with the required terms of service.
     
  • On September 12, 2017, Global Payments called and emailed Ministry Brands to label CCF as a "hate organization" and demanded that CCF's "account will need ...

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