One-day October conference refused ad space on Front Porch Forum, a public platform that claims to “help neighbors connect”
Front Porch Forum (FPF) is refusing to post information about the Restoring our Faith Summit, an event dedicated to engaging with Vermont communities (VIHF) to revitalize the role of religion in daily life, said the event organizer, the Vermont Institute for Human Flourishing.
The neighborhood news and events app, which receives some public funding to run its website, claims to be a place for “building community.” But its actions suggest otherwise, the VIHF said in a recent statement.
FPF is a Vermont public benefit corporation. These corporations are shareholder-owned and are expected to make a profit, but also have a public good mission, similar to non-profit organizations.
“It’s appalling to suggest that notice of a conference on faith is not welcome on a public platform in Vermont,’ said Deb Billado, President of Vermont Institute for Human Flourishing, the sponsoring organization for the Restoring Our Faith Summit. “Freedom of speech is a foundational principle of our country and without explanation our group is shut down and shut out of reaching our fellow Vermonters with an important message.”
With renowned national speakers, authors, social scientists, and faith leaders who will debate and discuss how to restore the country’s lost faith in God, in trusted institutions, and in the founding principles of our country, the Restoring Our Faith summit is hoping to encourage and inspire fellow Vermonters as it did at its 2022 event.
According to SevenDaysVT, Front Page Forum has received public funding including a $361,500 grant from the Vermont Council on Rural Development, “composed of federal disaster relief funds, to set up forums in every community in Vermont” with taxpayer dollars. VCRD is a federally-funded non-profit organization.
Other organizations and individuals have complained about Front Porch Forum’s censorship, causing some to organize a Facebook group that has more than 400 members.
“Restoring Our Faith Vermont envisions a flourishing society rebuilt by a renewed faith, strong families and a search for truth in science and government, where, once more, love, respect and tolerance prevail,” said Mrs. Billado. “How can this be a violation of the FPF’s standard?”
The mission statement of the Vermont Institute for Human Flourishing (VIHF) says the organizatin “envisions a state invigorated by the principles and civil institutions that protect the American’s inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
For more information, please visit www.restoringourfaithvermont.com. To schedule an interview with one of the speakers, please contact Laura Cirone at 703-232-5445.
Some of the above content was sourced from a VHIF statement.