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Faith in America Launches 2007 "Call to Courage"

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    For Immediate Release May 3, 2007 Faith in America Launches 2007 Call to Courage Campaign to Engage Americans in Early Presidential Primary and Caucus States
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      For Immediate Release May 3, 2007
      Faith in America Launches 2007 "Call to Courage"
      Campaign to Engage Americans in Early Presidential Primary and Caucus
      States

      WASHINGTON, DC - Faith in America today announced the launch of a
      five-city "Call to Courage" campaign to educate Americans about the
      misuse of religious teachings to discriminate and isolate gay,
      lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. The campaign officially
      kicks off on May 6th in Ames, Iowa.

      "Today marks an important day in the shared history of America's
      religious and GLBT communities. For a long time we've stood on
      separate sides of an impasse" said Jimmy Creech, Executive Director of
      Faith In America. "But through this education campaign we will begin a
      deep and sustained dialogue, to bridge the gaps of tolerance and
      understanding in this country." Creech served twenty-nine years as a
      minister in the United Methodist Church and is a leading expert and
      spokesman on faith and the GLBT community.

      FIA's national campaign will proceed to Reno, Nevada; Greenville,
      South Carolina; Manchester, New Hampshire; and Colorado Springs,
      Colorado. The five campaigns will be held between May and the end of
      November 2007.

      The campaign will consist of grassroots organizing, direct mail and
      paid advertisements to educate the public on the parallels between
      historical precedents of religion-based bigotry and today's struggle
      for full and equal rights for gay people. FIA's cutting-edge campaign
      will provide a forum for citizens to express their sentiments about
      religion-based bigotry and to discuss its harm on society and the GLBT
      community. In 2006, Faith in America initiated a similar media
      campaign that found that participants were more accepting of
      'homosexuals' after the six-month education campaign.

      "We're asking Americans to be courageous and to join us in a stand
      against discrimination in all forms. As a nation, we have exhibited
      such courage in the past by rejecting the use of religion to sanction
      slavery and the subjugation of women," said Mitchell Gold, founder of
      Faith In America and world renowned furniture designer. "This campaign
      is a first step toward putting an end to bigotry disguised as
      religious truth and creating a just world where everyone will be
      allowed to flourish in America without prejudice."

      In addition to the support of clergy and other community activists
      groups in each city, the organization is working with allied local and
      national organizations, including the Metropolitan Community Church
      Worldwide, Soulforce, Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and
      Gays, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and Gay and Lesbian Alliance
      Against Defamation.

      Contact: Ashley Etienne (202) 777-0669

      The mission of Faith in America Inc. is to end legal and spiritual
      discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT)
      people in America and to gain full and equal rights for those
      citizens. More information can be found at www.faithinamerica.com.


      A Call To Courage

      "We're asking Americans to be courageous and to join us in a stand
      against discrimination in all forms. As a nation, we have exhibited
      such courage in the past by rejecting the use of religion to sanction
      slavery and the subjugation of women. This campaign is a first step
      toward putting an end to bigotry disguised as religious truth and
      creating a just world where everyone will be allowed to flourish in
      America without prejudice."

      Jimmy Creech, Executive Director, Faith In America

      Faith in America on May 6 will launch a five-city "Call to Courage"
      campaign to educate Americans about the misuse of religious teachings
      to discriminate and isolate gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

      The campaign begins May 6th in Ames, Iowa and will proceed to Reno,
      Nevada; Manchester, New Hampshire; Greenville, South Carolina; and
      Colorado Springs, Colorado. The five campaigns will be held between
      May and the end of November 2007.

      The campaign will consist of grassroots organizing, direct mail and
      paid advertisements to educate the public on the parallels between
      historical precedents of religion-based bigotry and today's struggle
      for full and equal rights for gay people. The campaign will provide a
      forum for citizens to express their sentiments about religion-based
      bigotry and to discuss its harm on society and the GLBT community.

      The campaign is working with several national allied organizations,
      including the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), Soulforce, Parents,
      Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), National Gay and
      Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) and Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against
      Defamation (GLAAD).

      Faith In America through the five-city campaign will:

      * Create dialogue regarding religious teachings and practices
      which foster discrimination and oppression against gay, lesbian,
      bisexual and transgender people.
      * Demonstrate how misguided religious teachings were used
      historically to justify injustice and discrimination (slavery, racism,
      anti-interracial marriage, sexism) and are being used today to deny
      full and equal rights to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens.
      * Provide accepting clergy and people of faith a forum to express
      disagreement with religion-based bigotry.

      The mission of Faith in America Inc. is to end legal and spiritual
      discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT)
      people in America and to gain full and equal rights for those
      citizens. More information can be found at http://www.faithinamerica.com .
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