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    Friday, June 23, 2006

    Here is a little Saturday morning project: Examine your Guidestone Funds -- equities, real estate, etc. -- and tell us what you see.
    Tad Thompson has done his homework (see below). We want to know what else might send red flags flying.

    The Catholics Do it Right With Investing! GUIDESTONE might learn something.

    Reading over on Total Truth, about Tad Thompson's information about Guidestone Financial Investments made us a little concerned.

    I recieved a tip yesterday to look into the holdings of Guidestone Financial Resources. The information is very interesting. It seems that our very convention has a litany of inconsistencies when it comes to what we demonstrate from the floor and what we do within our organizations.
    These holdings are no secrets - I invest with Guidestone. I do think we should be consistent as a denomination on all levels.

    Starbucks: I love starbucks coffee - but they do have a pro-homosexual agenda. BP just did a story on this.

    Carnival Cruise Lines - gambling, alcohol, and yes...gay cruises (sry...i forgot we are not supposed to use gay LOL)

    Cox Communications and Comcast Cable: ########### and other questionable programming (What Tad didn't say is that both companies have hardcore porn on their pay-per-view services.)

    Listen - I am not calling for a boycott of Guidestone and I really don't have a big issue with the alcohol resolution...I mean it seem silly to me to come out in arms in support of even social drinking in light of our culturally abusive climate today. But, instead of saying that no trustees should drink, maybe we should be asking our own institutions to be careful who we invest with
    Well some might not have a problem with this type of investing, but we do. We think that the folks at Guidestone would do well to look what our Catholic brethren are doing. A few examples:

    The Ave Maria Mutual Funds
    America's fastest-growing Catholic mutual fund family.

    The Ave Maria Mutual Funds are designed specifically for morally responsible investors who are looking for financially sound investments in companies that do not violate the core teachings of the Catholic Church.
    Catholics across America use our five funds to build well-diversified investment portfolios.
    Solid investment performance.Moral integrity.

    The Ave Maria Mutual Funds place equal emphasis on investment performance and moral criteria in selecting securities. That means shareholders don't have to sacrifice financial performance for their pro-life and pro-family beliefs.

    Every stock and bond we consider must first meet the strict financial criteria set by our experienced team of portfolio managers and analysts at Schwartz Investment Counsel, Inc., a registered investment adviser with over two decades of experience and more than $500 million in assets under management.

    Then, using a proprietary screening process developed by our distinguished Catholic Advisory Board, we eliminate those companies connected with abortion or pornography, or that offer their employees non-marital partner "benefits".

    The Timothy Plan family of funds
    The Timothy Plan ® is a family of mutual funds offering individuals, like yourself, a biblical choice when it comes to investing. If you are concerned with the moral issues (abortion, pornography, anti-family entertainment, non-married lifestyles, alcohol, tobacco and gambling) that are destroying children and families you have come to the right place.

    The Timothy Plan® avoids investing in companies that are involved in practices contrary to Judeo-Christian principles. Our goal is to recapture traditional American values. We are America's first pro-life, pro-family, biblically-based mutual fund group.

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 6/23/2006 08:54:00 PM


    Anonymous Boy Wonder said...

    Good call, Batman! As we mentioned with education in our editorial last week, looks like we could take a lesson from the Catholics on investing as well. If I had money to invest ;) - I would certainly be interested in investing with a pro-life and pro-family set of funds. Guidestone should reassess its portfolio. I mean, gay cruises, gambling and pay-per-view? Holy divestment Batman!

    Friday, June 23, 2006 9:48:00 PM  
    Blogger Scotte Hodel said...

    When I was in college in the early 80's the popular slogan of some students in regard to S. Africa was "Divest now!" Slightly different situation than SBC investments, but my perceived flaw in divestment strategies is that investment from morally responsible organizations yields opportunities to influence change for good.

    I was about to write more, but I realized what a nasty can of worms that opens. So, the safe course is

    "Divest now!"

    (Never thought I'd catch myself saying that!)

    Saturday, June 24, 2006 5:14:00 AM  
    Blogger Tad Thompson said...

    Batman - I do have a problem with this type of investing...the problem is that I assumed my money was not gonig to these types of corporations.

    I really dont know the answers...we are talking about millions here. Starbucks coffee investments were in the ballpark of 40,000,000. Carnival was over 4,000,000. This is crazy stuff.

    Saturday, June 24, 2006 6:09:00 AM  
    Blogger Kevin Bussey said...

    Interesting reading. Good work Tad and Batman! You know how I hate hypocrisy!

    Saturday, June 24, 2006 9:41:00 AM  
    Blogger Dorcas said...

    Then again ... with how much money pastors spend on Starbucks, it almost make sense that the investments should include that. Somehow you can know that when you buy that cup of coffee, the money will be coming back to you in your retirement package years from now.

    Just a thought.

    Monday, June 26, 2006 9:36:00 AM  
    Blogger Bob Rogers said...

    Very interesting. Thanks for sharing the information. The problem, as Dorcas said above, is how to be consistent with moral limitations on investing.

    Thursday, June 29, 2006 7:38:00 AM  

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