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More on Dan Forest’s wacky connections

As reported in yesterday’s Weekly Briefing, North Carolina’s new Lt. Governor-elect, Dan “the Sears catalog is porn” Forest has a bit of a wacky side. A nonprofit that he helps run in tandem with a Raleigh ad agency owner named Christopher Stone purports to connect retailers to “faith driven consumers” — which in Forest’s world, means fundamentalist conservative Christians.

In the group’s new “Faith-friendly Christmas Guide” it informs readers that the giant retailer Sears gets very low marks because, among other things, its catalog “features women in lingerie.” Conveniently, the Guide even then provides a link to the online version of the lingerie catalog so that readers can be sure of what it is they’re crusading against.

As we also noted, the nonprofit is run out of the same office as Stone’s ad agency and the website for the agency features much of the same language about “faith driven consumers.”  The ad agency website also contains multiple endorsements from clients that, until this morning, included three separate endorsements from employees of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.

In yesterday’s story, I reported that Blue Cross had not yet responded to my inquiries about the nature of the services that Stone’s agency provided  to the giant health insurer. This morning, I received a very helpful call from Blue’s “Director of Brand Communications” Reagan Pruitt, who informed me that while the company had worked with the Stone Agency for years, she had no idea of the agency’s explicit connections to “faith driven consumers” and that none of the work it had done for Blue related to such consumers.  She actually looked at the Stone website and the endorsements while we talked on the phone.

Now, just a few hours later, the endorsements from Blue Cross have been removed.

We’ll keep readers apprised as more wrinkles emerge in this at once amusing and troubling story.

 

 

10 Comments

  1. david esmay

    November 29, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Dan Forest, the Cotton Mather of North Carolina. Let me guess, tolerance isn’t high on his list of positive character traits.

  2. Frank Burns

    November 29, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Please remind us why these stories are important because to me it shows an anti Christian bent and ridicules somebody who works against pornography. Surely you don’t support pornography.

  3. Adam Searing

    November 29, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    I’m just glad the second-in-command of the great state of North Carolina has some found some worthwhile pursuits. I, for one, have always been offended by the outrageous Sears lingerie department as I quickly walk past with eyes averted on my way to the Craftsman tools and garden equipment area.

  4. david esmay

    November 29, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Yes Frank, we must stop that evil purveyor of pornography, Sears. Religious fundamentalists believe that freedom of religion means freedom to foist their particular brand of religiosity onto others, in the case of the U.S., it has been christians and evangelical christians in particular.
    They have never been content with the freedom that our secular democratic republic affords them, but are always trying to move America toward a christian theocracy where they have the power and make the rules. The republican party allowed themselves to be hijacked by a small fringe extremist element that has rendered them unpalatable to the vast majority of Americans. These are the same people that try to pass off intelligent design as science and put it in the classroom a la Texas, Tennessee, and Louisiana. Idiots who think a whole branch of science is dedicated and exists only to fool them. Their ignorance is only surpassed by their illusion of self importance and hypocrisy flows from every orifice of their being. Your above statement is a good example, “Surely you don’t support pornography”, and like every thing else you say, cannot betaken seriously,but when it comes from somebody who was just elected to the office of Lt. Governor, it should raise more than eyebrows.

  5. Frances Jenkins

    November 29, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Give the man a chance.

  6. Gene Hoglan

    November 29, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Put on your Sunday best, kids. We’re going to Sears. And then to Hell.

  7. gregflynn

    November 29, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    The real pornography is in the Craftsman tool section, where you can find a Quiet Glide Roll-Away Midnight Blue Ball-Bearing Bottom Chest.

  8. david esmay

    November 30, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Frances, any GOP nut job who obsesses over things like this has Larry Craig Republican written all over him. He can’t find a more meaningful way to fill his time?

  9. Frances Jenkins

    December 1, 2012 at 4:22 am

    Who was that Democrat Congressman from New York sending pictures of himself to young women and others? His name was Andrew…. you finish the rest.

  10. david esmay

    December 3, 2012 at 9:55 am

    There’s a difference between just plain stupid and twisted. Weiner was stupid. Forest, evidently has some issues.