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A handful of advocates, armed with nothing more than their keyboards, have put many of the country’s largest retailers, including Apple, Microsoft, Netflix and Wal-Mart, on the spot over their indirect and, until recently, unnoticed roles in funneling money to Christian groups that are vocal in opposing homosexuality.

The advocates are demanding that the retailers end their association with an Internet marketer that gets a commission from the retailers for each online customer it gives them. It is a routine arrangement on hundreds of e-commerce sites, but with a twist here: a share of the commission that retailers pay is donated to a Christian charity of the buyer’s choice, from a list that includes prominent conservative evangelical groups like the Family Research Council and Focus on the Family.
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On one side are angry gay-rights advocates and bloggers, wielding the club of the gay community’s purchasing power.

On the other side are conservative Christian groups that say they are being attacked for their legitimate biblical views of sex and marriage, as well as a Web marketing firm that feels trampled for providing consumers with free choice.

Caught in the middle are companies, including such giants as Macy’s, Expedia and Delta Air Lines, which have the dual aims of avoiding politics but not offending any consumers. In this case, they have been pressured to make a choice that may involve little money either way but that could offend large blocs of consumers.

“This is economic terrorism,” said Mike Huckabee, the former pastor, governor and presidential contender, who is a paid CGBG consultant. “To try to destroy a business because you don’t like some of the customers is, to me, unbelievably un-American,” he said in an interview.

Mike Huckabee, New York Times 71 Comments [9/29/2011 5:28:17 AM]
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MrsYoungie

Can someone hold up a nice shiny mirror for Mr. Huckabee?

9/29/2011 5:30:53 AM

Raised by Horses

Legitimate. Right. If "Biblical views" of anything are legitimate, then the Lord of the Rings is an accurate historical document.

9/29/2011 5:37:29 AM

Mister Spak

"This is economic terrorism,” said Mike Huckabee, the former pastor, governor and presidential contender, who is a paid CGBG consultant. “To try to destroy a business because you don’t like some of the customers is, to me, unbelievably un-American,” he said in an interview. "

Tell me about various christian boycotts of companies for pursuing the gay agenda, Huckleberry.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/jul/15/usa.mcdonalds

http://freethoughtblogs.com/lousycanuck/2011/09/14/christian-bookstore-boycots-action-comics-because-superman-said-gd/

http://www.newser.com/story/73995/christian-group-boycotts-gap-over-holiday-ads.html

http://www.christianpost.com/news/christians-urged-to-boycott-retailers-banning-christmas-35404/

http://www.movieweb.com/news/christian-group-boycotts-bill-mahers-religulous

http://www.thegaymanifesto.com/2010/09/29/christian-hate-group-boycotts-home-depot/

http://www.christianpost.com/news/group-boycotts-pro-choice-hotels-with-wallets-48468/


Also, what is your response to companies contributiong to islamic charities? Is the suicide bomb on the other fundie now?

And the ultimate boycott:
http://rightonthemark.com/WordPress/?p=52


P.S. I read your book. You are full of shit.

9/29/2011 5:37:45 AM

aaa

So, how much were you paid for saying that?

9/29/2011 6:05:15 AM

Doubting Thomas

“This is economic terrorism ... To try to destroy a business because you don’t like some of the customers is, to me, unbelievably un-American,” he said in an interview.

Tell that to all the AFA & other idiots boycotting companies because they have tolerance policies in place for gay employees or advertise in gay publications, or fundies boycotting certain stores because they say "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas."

9/29/2011 6:07:26 AM

Zeus Almighty

Um, Fuckabee, you keep using that word "terrorism." I don't think it means what you think it means.
Also, aren't we allowed to spend our money with companies that support our personal beliefs and withhold it from companies that don't? Or were all the christianists' boycotts of Disney and other entities un-American terrorism?

9/29/2011 6:11:23 AM

Etiene

As raised by horses points out, your views can either be legitimate or biblical, but that Venn diagram has no overlap...

9/29/2011 6:16:46 AM

Joe Mama

“To try to destroy a business because you don’t like some of the customers is, to me, unbelievably un-American,” he said in an interview.

Then the American Family Association must be an anti-American economic terrorist group. From Wikipedia:

The AFA has boycotted multiple U.S. companies for various reasons, most often relating to Christmas controversies, pornography, support of pro-choice activism, support of violence or sexual content in entertainment, and support of LGBT activism, including same-sex partner employee benefits. These organizations include: 7-Eleven, Abercrombie & Fitch, American Airlines, American Girl, Blockbuster Video, Burger King, Calvin Klein, Carl's Jr., Clorox, Comcast, Crest, Ford, Hallmark Cards, Kmart, Kraft Foods, S. C. Johnson & Son, Movie Gallery, Microsoft, MTV, Mary Kay, NutriSystem, Old Navy, IKEA, Sears, Pampers, Procter & Gamble, Target, Tide, Walt Disney Company, and PepsiCo. The AFA has criticized the People's Republic of China for its persecution of Christians.
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In 1989 the AFA boycotted WaldenBooks in an attempt to persuade the company to stop selling Playboy and Penthouse magazines. As a result, WaldenBooks launched an advertisement campaign against censorship, asserting First Amendment rights. WaldenBooks, American Booksellers Association, the Council for Periodical Distributors Association, the International Periodical Distributors Association, and Duval Bibb Services launched a lawsuit against the AFA in October 1989, under the Federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and the Florida State RICO Acts, which protect an organization's right to conduct business without harassment or threats. The case was later settled by the parties without a court ruling.

9/29/2011 6:18:31 AM

N. De Plume

Economic terrorism? I thought that that was part of the whole “Invisible Hand” thing. You know: “voting with your dollar” to get the businesses to engage in practices you agree with?

9/29/2011 6:40:36 AM

Papabear

Yeah, boycotts aren't nearly as much fun when they're against you, eh, Mike?

9/29/2011 6:58:02 AM

dionysus

Boycotting a business is terrorism now?



OMG, terrorists!!! And so many of them!

9/29/2011 7:09:27 AM

Panz

Yet every time some company does something that you see as un christian the battle cry goes up to boycott it....what a nice double standard you have

9/29/2011 7:13:02 AM

MNK

Sorry Mike. Exercising your right to buy or not buy from a particular company is PRECISELY what capitalism is all about. That's about as 100% American as you can get.

9/29/2011 7:17:01 AM

dionysus

Hey huckster (look it up, the word fits remarkably well), in case you forgot this is a free market (though I don't know how you could possibly forget when you conservatives keep harping on and on about it). That means people can shop wherever the fuck they feel like for whatever reason they feel like. If they only want to go to overtly Christian businesses that's their choice. If they want to go to gay-friendly businesses that's their choice too. Hell, someone could avoid a business because they hate the owner's haircut or because it was opened on a Tuesday and they have every right to do so.

9/29/2011 7:24:46 AM

Extraintrovert

I'm pretty sure not even Huckabee's gigantic shiny mirror could possibly survive after such an assault as this. He'll have to buy a new one and everything.

9/29/2011 7:25:40 AM

Philbert McAdamia

legitimate biblical


Pick one.

9/29/2011 7:34:44 AM

nazani14

I just don't want ANY corporate money in politics. Hell, I don't want any more TV or radio ads. Let each party publish a thorough bio of their candidates and a detailed platform. Publish it in all newspapers, put it online, and if people can't read it or listen to an audio clip of it, they probably shouldn't be voting.

9/29/2011 7:41:20 AM

Anon-e-moose

(*Takes swig from bottle labelled 'Devil's Advocaat'*)

Well, if you lot are going to boycott Microsoft, then you might as well boycott your own computers, too.

Because the development of what ultimately came to be the modern PC is down to this man, Alan Turing...:



...who was a homosexual. So I guess you'll be dropping any & all homophobic policies, nay, thinking in future eh, Mike Fuckabee?

Enjoy your paradox, pal. Mr. Turing is having the last laugh. And he's dead.

9/29/2011 7:47:10 AM

Noneofyourbusiness

Charities, my eye.

9/29/2011 8:09:15 AM

John

This is economic terrorism

Where was Mike when the American Family Association called to boycott McDonald's for joining the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce? Apparently it's only "economic terrorism" when it's done by people Mike disagrees with.

9/29/2011 8:30:59 AM

Zeus Almihtt

@ N. De Plume

The reason that hand's invsible is that it's shoved so far up our asses it's tickling our tonsils.

9/29/2011 8:41:10 AM

TGRwulf

Okay, the paragraph about companies trying to stay out of politics does have a kernal of truth to it, but probably not in the way Huckabee thinks.

Overall though, this stuff requires one HELL of a shiny mirror. Even more so because of the fact that they constantly boycott companies for supporting views they don't like.

9/29/2011 8:48:03 AM

breakerslion

"On the other side are conservative Christian groups that say they are being attacked for their legitimate biblical views of sex and marriage, as well as a Web marketing firm that feels trampled for providing consumers with free choice."

First of all, one can't legitimize modern bigotry by citing bronze and iron age bigotry.

Second, for those of you who fell off the turnip truck, let me explain this scam. "A portion of..." can be as little as one penny. Retailers play this charity card to increase sales, not for any altruistic reasons. You want to spread your income around, that's fine, but why are you pulling me into a charitable giving decision when I just set out to buy a damn shirt?

"It's all bullshit, and it's bad for ya. - George Carlin

PS: The persecution complex has been well documented.

9/29/2011 9:04:40 AM



Hmm, when Christians boycott a business, it's because they're fighting for the moral fiber of the country, but when gay people boycott, it's economic terrorism. I'm going to have to think about this for a while.

Huckabee's mirror is so big & shiny that the Skipper & Gilligan could have used it to signal someone and finally get off the island.

9/29/2011 9:27:48 AM

Ted Stryker

Interesting to see how Christians react when they're the target of a boycott. I guess the hand's on the other foot now, huh Huckabee?

9/29/2011 9:36:46 AM
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