SAN FRANCISCO, April 30, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A successful Christian business owner has come under attack by feminist extremists for using his profits to support pro-life charities.
Gary Heavin, the owner of a chain of extremely successful health and fitness centres for women, is a born-again Christian who gives 10% of his gross annual income to charities. Heavin is also the author of two books on fitness that take a Christian approach. His wife, Diana produces Christian music. Curves fitness centres cater particularly to middle-aged women who may be intimidated by other more youth-oriented fitness venues.
Curves franchises have surpassed Starbucks in numbers in the United States and are closing on McDonalds with sales that have hit $750 million a year. Heavin chooses to support the pro-life movement and that has elicited a powerful response from some feminist organizations and writers. We get a lot of heat because we’re so expressive of our faith, and we encourage our faith,” Heavin says.
In a vitriolic article in the San Francisco Chronicle, Heavin’s contributions are described in terms often employed for supporters of terrorist organizations. He is accused of supporting Operation Save America that “blamed the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on God’s retribution for abortions and whose purpose, as described on its Web site, is to ‘unashamedly take up the cause of pre-born children in the name of Jesus Christ.'” The implication strongly appears to be that, if a successful business owner gives money to charity, he may not support organizations that oppose the feminist pro-abortion agenda.