May 30, 2012

These Companies Earned A Spot In Anti-Gay Hall Of Shame

Corporate Hall of Shame


Boycott Schmoycott? Boycott these Stores!

It’s hard to believe that it was 10 months ago that I called for a boycott of retail stores, who were supporting anti-gay organizations through affiliate marketing. I have not updated the boycott information here in quite some time, though it's all updated as of today. While I’ve kept an eye on things, I haven’t closely  monitored any developments at the Christian Values Network/CBGB/Charity Give Back Group, in quite some time as things have been rather quiet.

In a rather interesting development, the number of charitable organizations that you can kick some money to has increased, and now includes a number of cosmetology schools, Berlitz language schools, a number of different trade and vocational colleges, as well as some community colleges and universities like Delaware State University and Northern Michigan University. There are also hundreds of churches included on the list of charities.

For some reason, the Family Research Council (FRC) and Focus on the Family (FOF)   are no longer on the list of charities. While they aren’t on the “official list” - that doesn’t mean that they are no longer part of CVN/CGBG.

Summit Ministries, the anti-gay Colorado church, is still included on the list of charities. New to the list is the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, and the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification of Tennessee, the “church” founded by the Reverend Sun Myung Moon. Reverend Moon claims that “homosexuals and fornicators are like dirty dung eating dogs.” For a man who claims he’s a “Christian” - “love thy neighbor” is not in Moon’s repertoire. He also claims:

That is what is called free sex. What is the meaning of lesbians and homosexuals? That is the place where all different kinds of dung collect. We have to end that behavior. When this kind of dirty relationship is taking place between human beings, God cannot be happy.

As if that’s not bad enough, when he was trying to convince Jews to convert to his religion, he said:

Who are the Jewish members here, raise your hands! Jewish people, you have to repent. Jesus was the King of Israel. Through the principle of indemnity Hitler killed 6 million Jews. That is why. God could not prevent Satan from doing that because Israel killed the True Parents. Even now, you have to determine that you will repent and follow and become one with Christianity through Rev. Moon.

Right. Repent and follow you? Let me run for the hills first, or I’d rather watch paint dry, than follow and become one with you Mr. Moon.

While many of the retail organizations I worked with directly, to sever affiliate ties with CVN/CGBG, have not re-established a business relationship with CVN/CGBG, some of them have.

ESPN Shop, The NHL Shop, The NFL Shop, Macy’s, Petco, PetSmart, and Walmart are all retail organizations I worked with, who are supporting these organizations again. Walmart likes to have it both ways, and they reneged on their commitment to equality, so that isn’t a surprise. The others are a surprise. 

Barnes and Noble is a new retailer who is a part of the affiliate network, as is Starbucks, Dockers and Levi’s. I will be contacting each of them before the week is out. Delta Airlines removed themselves again, and Sprint, and Target - who I bugged the crap out of, and recruited San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee to my cause so that he could do the same, have removed themselves.

How legitimate businesses, and global brands, can financially support these anti-gay homophobic groups is unfathomable to me. Either a company doesn’t perform the due diligence they should, or they simply don’t care.

I’m going to revisit this in the weeks to come. If you see a retail organization where you shop, don’t hesitate to contact them to tell them what you think about them supporting these organizations. If anyone looks at the list of charities and sees an anti-gay, or anti-Semitic, or anti-women organization that I missed - please let me know.



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