The director of corporate giving at Google has resigned from the board of World Vision, the evangelical Christian relief agency that announced recently that it would hire people in same-sex marriages and then reversed course and announced it would continue to discriminate against gays.
Google executive Jacquelline Fuller's resignation from the World Vision board was announced on April 3 by social justice activists who have circulated petitions asking for board members to quit the agency in protest.
The petition campaign is fueled by Faithful America, which describes itself as the country's largest online community of Christian social-justice activists. The group also wants Google senior project manager John Park to quit the World Vision board.
Said Faithful America director Michael Sherrard: "World Vision is distorting Christian faith to pursue a right-wing anti-gay agenda. 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. Now it’s time for John Park to follow suit."
About 16,000 people have signed the petition, which reads, "If you want Christian partners for your charitable giving, you can find plenty that don’t practice unchristian bigotry and discrimination. Please quit World Vision’s board of directors immediately."