In a country that doesn't (officially) recognize state-sponsored religion, whose Constitution says "all men are created equal," where bigotry and bias are abhorred — why do otherwise intelligent and sensitive people feel they can engage in hate speech against gay people?

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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

American Family Association Announces Another Doomed-To-Fail Boycott

Big Daddy Don is at it again! The misguided (and confused about what power he actually wields) leader of the American Family Association wants his sheeple to boycott a major U.S. car manufacturer because Ford — gasp! — advertises in gay publications and — oh, the horror! — "forces" its employees to undergo diversity training. You know, with the way the middle class has shrunk with Don's buddy, George Bush, as president, I'm sure the minions will have no problem scrapping the vehicles they are driving currently and going out at once and buying a brand new car — one that's not so…ah…homosexual.

It's a car, Don. Get a grip.

See, Don makes boku bucks convincing people to send him money for his unseemly causes. He probably can afford to eliminate the Ford name from his line of luxury vehicles. His wide-eyed minions? Not so much.

Besides, the types of people who would let a man such as this determine what kind of car they buy are the people Ford doesn't necessarily want in their vehicles, anyway.

The article mentions the AFA's other attempted boycotts of major U.S. companies. Both were as big of failures as this effort is doomed to be.

But, if you see a homophobic redneck driving a Taurus or a holy roller soccer mom in an Expedition, best warn them: The radios in their vehicles are programmed on Coming Out Day to blast show tunes.

US Anti-Gay Group Launches Boycott Of Ford

DETROIT (Reuters) — A conservative Christian group has launched a boycott of Ford Motor Co., saying the automaker had reneged on a pledge to drop its advertising in gay publications and support of gay rights groups.

The Tupelo, Mississippi-based American Family Association first threatened a boycott in May, but suspended the move in June after several Ford dealers stepped in to broker a settlement.

In December, Ford decided pull advertising for its Jaguar and Land Rover luxury brands from gay publications, but then reversed course after coming under fire from gay-rights activists for having conceded to pressure from the AFA.

"Ford has every right to give hundreds of thousands of dollars to groups promoting homosexual marriage. But those who oppose homosexual marriage have every right not to buy automobiles made by Ford Motor Company," the AFA said in a statement on its Web site.

The group is headed by Don Wildmon, a United Methodist minister, and its Web site says it has 3 million "supporters." The AFA said its Ford boycott was being backed by 18 other groups.

The controversy comes at a difficult time for Ford, which is struggling to reverse a slide in market share and return its core automotive operations to profitability.

Ford spokeswoman Kathleen Vokes said in response to the boycott announcement, "Ford is proud of its tradition of treating all with respect and we remain focused on that we do best, building and selling innovative cars and trucks worldwide."

Ford is not the first company to come under fire for its stance on homosexual rights. Other large companies including Microsoft Corp. and Walt Disney Co. have also found themselves facing demands from groups on both sides of the cultural divide.

In declaring a one-year boycott of Ford, the AFA cited the car maker's sponsorship of gay-pride events in the United States and Britain and its practice of requiring employees to undergo diversity training.

"The goal of every homosexual organization supported by Ford is to get homosexual marriage legalized," the AFA said.


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