1/02/2009

Pot, Meet Kettle

Campbell's Soup I (1968)Image via WikipediaAfter Prop 8 and Prop 102 LGBT Americans and their friends instituted boycotts of businesses that supported the measures financially or through "in kind" donations. California has had much better luck since their state seems to actually require adherence to campaign finance laws that insure the occupations and positions of financial contributors are documented.

Here in Arizona it's been a tougher road since less than 23% of people contributing to the anti-gay campaign adhered to the law and listed their occupations or positions with businesses. Our Secretary of State, Jan Brewer, who is set to become governor when Janet Napolitano leaves for Washington has refused to fine or censure the groups collecting donations who flouted the law.

Meanwhile, the Right Wing Christians involved have decried how hateful all the "homosexuals" are for boycotting businesses or protesting churches. Even some of the "assimilationist" gays decried the choice of boycotting small businesses whose owners supported Prop 8 with donations privately.

Yet, what about the Christians? Do they respect everyone's right to free speech? Do they never boycott over perceived slights? Certainly not. Just in the past several weeks we've seen the following boycotts called for by the same groups claiming that LGBT people have no right to boycott anti-gay businesses.

The American Family Association has called for boycotts and letter writing campaigns because Campbell Soup dared to take out an ad in the Advocate aimed at LGBT families:

Campbell Soup Company has openly begun helping homosexual activists push their agenda. Not only did the ads cost Campbell's a chunk of money, but they also sent a message that homosexual parents constitute a family and are worthy of support. They also gave their approval to the entire homosexual agenda.

TAKE ACTION

* Send an email to Campbell Soup Company President Douglas Conant. Tell him you want his company to stop supporting the gay agenda.
* After sending your email, please call Campbell Soup Company (800-257-8443) and their Swanson division (1-800-442-7684) and ask the company to remain neutral in the culture war.
* Forward this e-mail to your friends and family so they will know about Campbell's support of the gay agenda.

Thankfully, Campbell has more or less told the AFA to step off and insisted it will purchase even more ads in The Advocate aimed at LGBT people.

Recently, Newsweek ran a cover story on the "Religious Case for Gay Marriage" that immediately raised the ire of the Right Wing. Lou Engle took no time in calling for a boycott of the magazine:

We pray that the vast majority of Americans who have continued to hold the line on what is marriage, what is moral, and what is so clearly part of the created order and the creator’s design will stand fast against this blatant assault on truth.

As such, we are asking all who desire to stand for truth and righteousness to say, “No!” to Newsweek magazine by canceling their subscriptions. This is a historic opportunity to show Newsweek magazine that its arrogant overconfidence in gauging the opinions of the people is greatly misplaced.

In July, McDonald's had the bad taste to actually support LGBT people so the American Family Association lept into action with a boycott. McDonald's being of weak spine immediately caved rather than stand up for truth and equality. What did they do that was so bad? They supported the Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce that works to end workplace discrimination.
"[McDonald's is throwing] the full weight of their corporation to promoting the homosexual agenda, including homosexual marriage."
But wait, it doesn't stop there. AFA and other Christian groups have boycotted Ford, General Motors, Daimler-Chrysler, and Toyota for daring to place advertisements in gay publications.

And of course, there is a long standing boycott (totally ineffective) of Disney for their policy of providing Same Sex partner benefits.

Yet, LGBT people and those of conscience should not boycott Christian businesses because they're only "doing what's right" or "following their conscience."

Pot and Kettle my friends, pot and kettle.




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