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Are boycotts moral? For the Religious Right, it depends on who they’re targeting

BRIAN TASHMAN | Right Wing Watch
Friday, July 27, 2012

Last year, Liberty Counsel and the Family Research Council were outraged — outraged! — when gay rights advocates began pressuring companies to end their ties to a so-called charity group called the CGBG, which funds anti-gay organizations including LC and FRC. The two groups urged retailers to “remain neutral in the culture wars” and accused gay rights supporters of “economic terrorism.”

The FRC even created a website where activists could call on companies to “remain neutral in the current cultural battles, thus enabling you to focus on business and not force consumers to make purchasing choices based on corporate political agendas.”

Of course, both LC and FRC had organized and endorsed similar pressure campaigns against corporations in the past, but apparently those didn’t constitute “economic terrorism.”

As Chick-fil-A, a company that bankrolls anti-gay groups and whose CEO has said marriage equality is inviting God’s judgment, faces a national backlash for its opposition to gay rights, once again the Religious Right is employing an almost pathetic use of double standards.

The National Organization for Marriage, which literally has two campaigns dedicated to boycotting Starbucks and General Mills for refusing to stay “neutral” in the marriage equality debate, is now outraged that gay rights activists are boycotting Chick-fil-A.

NOM’s state affiliate in Minnesota organized a protest outside of the corporate headquarters of General Mills and in a letter to Minnesota corporations, NOM asked that companies “stay neutral and respect the conscience rights of your customers and employees who are on both sides” of a proposed state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

Another group shockingly outraged by protests targeting Chick-fil-A is the American Family Association.

The AFA and its subgroups One Million Moms and One Million Dads have boycotted countless companies, most recently leading boycotts and pressure campaigns against Home Depot, Ford, GAP, Macy’s, JC Penney for their advertising campaigns and efforts to create inclusive work environments “rather than remain neutral in the culture war,” and against DC, Marvel and Archie Comics for including gay characters.

In fact, the AFA goes so far as to claim, without any evidence, that it’s pressure campaign is responsible for financial problems at JC Penney.

So the question needs to be asked, did the AFA, in the words of its spokesman Bryan Fischer, “go Ahmadinejad” on JC Penney, Home Depot and Archie?

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13 more reader comments:

  1. Everybody has the right to choose where to spend and not to spend their money.

    Posted on Friday, July 27, 2012 at 5:52pm
  2. If you ask me the world would be a better place without religion.

    Posted on Friday, July 27, 2012 at 5:54pm
  3. Funny… They didn’t think One Million Moms was immoral for boycotting JC Penney’s, now did they?

    Posted on Friday, July 27, 2012 at 5:55pm
  4. Do as they say not as they do!

    Posted on Friday, July 27, 2012 at 5:55pm
  5. These Christian Extremist are pissed that two can play the same game. They are even more pissed that the rest of the world out numbers them.

    Posted on Friday, July 27, 2012 at 5:58pm
  6. Yes they are. I support free speech. You know how to let an antigay business know you don’t agree with them? Spend your dollars at their LGBT friendly competitor.

    Posted on Friday, July 27, 2012 at 6:06pm
  7. I agree with you Joe C!!!

    Posted on Friday, July 27, 2012 at 6:13pm
  8. Don’t you mean the religious reich?!

    Posted on Friday, July 27, 2012 at 6:18pm
  9. This is absolutely no surprise to me. What’s good for the goose is only good for the goose in the eyes of the religious “right”.

    Posted on Friday, July 27, 2012 at 6:50pm
  10. The whole double standards thing, doesn’t exactly surprise me. Like David Good said… Do as they say, not as they do.

    Posted on Friday, July 27, 2012 at 6:53pm
  11. Let us not forget the Southern Baptists’ boycott of Disney because of their inclusive hiring policies and employee benefits package as well as their support of the LGBT community by hosting Gay Day.

    Posted on Friday, July 27, 2012 at 8:00pm
  12. - “Be ye therefore perfect as your heavenly father is perfect, who lets his sun shine on the good and the bad alike.”

    That, plus the whole casting stones bit – and the line about taking the two-by-four out of your own eye before trying to correct the speck in another’s viewpoint – are what Jesus actually /said/ on the subject of how to treat others’ alleged immorality.

    So if you don’t like what Jesus actually said, have some bloody honesty and stop claiming to be a follower of his. He doesn’t want your kind of hypocrisy – and hypocrisy is what he said the /most/ about as a sin to be eliminated.

    Posted on Friday, July 27, 2012 at 11:10pm
  13. Considering all the things that Leviticus calls a sin, I have no doubt about double standards here…I mean, they have their panties in a twist because being gay is a sin…but so is eating shellfish, pork, and cross breeding cows. Getting a rounded haircut is a sin, as is wearing 2 thread types in a garment (hello polyester and rayon). Leviticus says it is ok to have a threesome as long as it is a man with 2 women and those women are not mother and daughter, however, it is a sin to “pull out” before ejaculation. Keeping slaves is perfectly acceptable as long as said slaves don’t travel long distances. Divorce is a sin (Rush needs to read that art of Leviticus). I could go on and on…but the point is…the hypocrisy of so called Christians is mind-blowing, so of course they will boycott then cry foul when we choose to boycott…I mean there are plenty of Christians with tattoos of Jesus (which according to Leviticus, tattoos are a sin).

    Posted on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 1:07am