The Religious Right has a long history of using the boycott to get its way. Mobilize the believers and use the force of numbers in terms of services withheld to crush the opposition, that’s the Onward Christian Soldiers way of not doing business. We’ve seen it time and again. It is one of the ways in which a minority can still throw its weight around in this country. Even being outnumbered, they can get songs off the radio, books of the library shelves, movies out of theaters and television shows canceled. It’s an old truth: the squeaky wheel gets the grease.
But liberals and progressives have finally come to understand this truth as well. We have used it as a weapon against FOX News, against Glenn Beck specifically (led by ColorofChange.org and many of its 600,000 members). And now our attention has turned to Orbitz, in a campaign jointly conducted by Media Matters and several national LGBT groups. This campaign has called on Orbitz to stop advertising on Fox News because of their negative coverage of LGBT issues. It must be noted here that Orbitz was one of those last-ditch hold-outs from the boycott of Glenn Beck.
As I have long pointed out, it’s not enough to make a few concessions to these extremists. Once they have a foothold, a little bit of acceptance turns into a full-blown demand to co-opt your business. They want corporations to join them in the assault on real tolerance. Unless you cower and give them what they want, these activists will make sure you can’t function in society. Over the years, gay activists have perfected this kind of corporate terrorism. And until companies stand their ground and refuse to negotiate, homosexuals will continue to bully businesses.
Well, who would know best about bullying businesses, after all? Look at Tony’s previous utterance, written from the pro-boycott side, as for example when McDonalds made the mistake of giving money to LGBT organizations:
The Big Mac attack on family values is finally over! After a five-month boycott, Americans finally got what they ordered-McDonald’s agreement to stop financing the homosexual agenda. Back in May, the fast food giant joined the Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce to the dismay of millions of customers who did not feel served. At the time, company Vice President Richard Ellis refused to back down, even calling conservatives “haters” in a public statement. The American Family Association launched a national campaign to force McDonald’s to eat its words. And eat them, they did!
Or what he had to say about Coca Cola when it was rumored the company had persuaded the law firm King & Spalding to drop the DOMA case:
Rumors are flying that one of those companies was Coca Cola. People closest to the story are suggesting that the soda king did most of the arm-twisting. “Sources… confirm that one of King & Spalding’s top clients, Coca Cola, also based in Atlanta, directly intervened to press the firm to extricate itself from the case.” A spokesman for the company refused to comment. But if the allegations are true, I guarantee that FRC won’t hesitate to!
The lesson being that it’s wrong for Coca Cola to put pressure on King & Spalding but it’s okay for the FRC to put pressure on Coca Cola?
It’s wonder Tony Perkins doesn’t suffer from Fundamentalist Hypocrisy Whiplash™! I mean, it can’t be easy talking out of both sides of your mouth at the same time. That’s a real talent. And we have to keep in mind that the FRC is at this moment using the same tactics it decries against the Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA) in support of an anti-abortion group, all because the Girl Scouts supposedly supported Planned Parenthood.
Speak Now, Girl Scouts states,
We refuse to remain silent while this organization’s unscrupulous principles mislead over 2 million girls in the United States alone. We created SpeakNowGirlScouts.com in order to spread the truth to others who have no idea what GSUSA’s [Girl Scouts of the United States of America’s] true intentions are. This website is our way to speak now and we hope it encourages you to do the same!
The group’s founders, sisters Tess and Sydney Volanski, claim they quit the Girl Scouts recently after eight years because they discovered the organization has a “pro-abortion mindset.”
Tony Perkins and the Family Research Council have condemned the Girls Scouts of the USA and its international branch for having “increasingly close connections” with those ungodly abortionists at Planned Parenthood. Of course the FRC loves the Volanskis’ website. The FRC blog says,
Onto that backdrop, two teenagers and former girl scouts, Tess and Sydney Volanski, using some of the very skills acquired in scouting formation (Discover, Connect and take Action), have come forward in an effort, what they describe as a “moral imperative”, to educate their friends and girls around the country about the relationship between PPFA and GSA; to “speak the truth about the girl scouts” via a new blog.
The idea is to urge girls to quit Girl Scouts to join the Bund Deutscher Mädel, er, I mean the American Heritage Girls, a “nonprofit dedicated to the mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country,” according to the group’s website. We can’t have more girls like Amy Myers running around, after all, running their mouths off and showing up their ignorant elders. AHG is sure to do what GSUSA doesn’t and show girls their proper role in Republican America.
Moral imperative is what they call it. Isn’t that pretty much how we think of it too? Companies behave in a manner we think immoral – say, support of hate groups – and we withhold our bucks in order to force them to see the error of their ways, to educate customers and potential customers and force them to see the error of their ways. Trouble is, we’re doing the same thing for different reasons, and the Religious Right does not like it. But as Tony Perkins has shown, it’s tough to make an argument against what you yourself are doing. It looks stupid.
One man’s economic boycott is another man’s economic terrorism. Either it’s a legitimate method of forcing companies to behave or it’s not. If you’re using it yourself you’re giving your tactic approval. If you then criticize the other guy for doing the same thing, you’re guilty of hypocrisy. That would be you, Tony Perkins.
There’s an old expression: what’s good for the totalitarian is good for the freedom fighter. Well, okay, that’s not an exact quote, but I think you understand what I’m saying. Economic boycotts as an extension of the will of the people are just fine and dandy and legitimate as hell. Stop with the whining.