Google executive Jacquelline Fuller has resigned in protest from the board of international poverty ministry World Vision amid a growing call for her departure after the group’s decision to reinstate its policy excluding gay Christians from becoming missionaries.
World Vision had announced last month that its American branch would begin hiring people in same-sex unions who dedicate their lives to God. Just two days later, the group reversed the decision under pressure from evangelical leaders.
“The board acknowledged it made a mistake and chose to revert to our longstanding policy requiring sexual abstinence for all single employees and faithfulness within the Biblical covenant of marriage between one man and one woman,” the group said in a statement.
Faithful America, a group of Christian social-justice activists, immediately launched a petition calling for Miss Fuller and Google colleague John Park to resign from World Vision’s board, Faithful America said in a release to The Times. More than 16,000 people have signed the petition.
“World Vision is distorting Christian faith to pursue a right-wing anti-gay agenda,” Faithful America Director Michael Sherrard said. “As one of the most prominent Christian charities in the world, their decision to allow gay and lesbian employees was a major step forward, and their quick reversal a painful punch in the gut to those of us who believe Christians are obligated to speak out for equality and dignity for all.
“Jacquelline Fuller did the right thing by resigning from the board of an organization whose values don’t align with Google’s commitment to inclusivity and equality,” Mr. Sherrard said. Now it’s time for John Park to follow suit.”
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