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Monday, April 03, 2006

More Fun With Forms!

You know the drill. The American Family Association sends an e-mail asking me to participate in some misguided campaign to bully fair-minded people into being intolerant. I change a few words around and effectively use their technology to thwart their hateful mission du jour.

Today's installment: Send an email to the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and major investment firms, letting them know about Ford

Here's what the AFT wanted me to say:
Dear Chairman:

I want to alert you to the fact that more than 20 pro-family organizations, including American Family Association, are boycotting Ford Motor Company because of Ford's support for homosexual marriage.


You have a responsibility to inform your investors and shareholders of the Ford boycott, so that they can make informed decisions.


For more information on the boycott, go to BoycottFord.com.


You probably will want to alert your clients who hold Ford stock of this boycott.

Here's what I actually sent from their web site:

Dear Chairman:

I want to alert you to the fact that Ford Motor Company has taken a strong stand against more than 20 militant Christian conservative organizations, including the American Family Association, by supporting tolerance and equality for all Americans.

I hope you will inform your investors and shareholders that Ford is a exemplary American corportation — adhering to true American ideals and refusing to be bullied by radical groups with an intolerant agenda.

Please alert your clients who hold Ford stock about Ford's responsible and fair behavior in the face of attacks by misguided zealots lately, reminding them that embracing diversity is simply good business.

You might also tell them the American Family Association has a history of announcing boycotts that have little impact -- except to lure a small group of manipulated people into sending donations to the AFA. A quick Internet search will reveal that the group has tried to organize boycotts of Kraft Foods, Walt Disney, Target, etc., and all have ended in failure — or often in increased publicity (and, thus, increased revenues) to the targets of their mean-spirited crusades.

To wit, you can even inform them about the AFA's effort to boycott Procter & Gamble in 2004. The petition at http://www.pgboycott.com/SignPetition.asp?id=1270&sid=174930031 indicates a grand total of 17 people across the nation signed on.

To sum, Ford is continuing to do what any successful company in America should do: focusing on what they do best, marketing to a broad audience and taking a stand against the politics of division in which some fringe groups yearn to embroil them.

You can do it, too! Send your own message supporting Ford right from the AFA web site! Go here.

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