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What ‘Neutrality’ Means to Bigots

What ‘Neutrality’ Means to Bigots August 16, 2012

It’s endlessly amusing to see the anti-gay bigots repeatedly claim that boycotts by those who support equality are “economic terrorism” akin to the Nazis, while their constant boycotts are perfectly fine. But there’s a second level of hypocrisy here and it involves the idea of “neutrality.” Here’s arch-bigot Peter LaBarbera talking to Janet Mefferd.

LaBarbera: I think our next step is going to a place like General Mills and saying why are you doing this? You can’t even maintain a neutrality? Can’t you at least be neutral? Not give to the homosexual activists? If you’re not going to give to Americans for Truth, OK that’s fine, but don’t give to the homosexual lobby because the mass, silent majority of Americans does not support radically redefining marriage to include two men or two women, they just don’t support that.

Mefferd: I agree, one of the other companies that has really started supporting it too is Target. I was made enough, I don’t go out and tell people what to do, but I was mad enough personally as a mother when this has been such a family-oriented company over the years, they had Amy Grant doing their publicity years ago, now they are selling same-sex wedding cards, they had two men on an ad for a wedding registry. I finally just said, you know what enough is enough, enough is enough, I’m not shopping here anymore, and I emailed them and I said I’m not shopping here anymore and I spend a lot of money at Target, I’ve just had enough.

LaBarbera: I’m with you on boycotts. We can’t boycott everybody. At Americans For Truth our policy is we pick specific boycotts, for example we’re boycotting Chili’s restaurants and Maggiano’s. They’re owned by a company, Brinker International, that supports the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force which is one of the most extreme and radical homosexual organizations in the world. So we are targeting certain corporations. The message here is we need to defend Godly values, if you’re in a culture war and only one side is doing all the fighting, spending all the money, bieng aggressive, while the other side is ambiguous about whether they should be in this battle at all, guess who is going to win? There is nothing Christian or noble about disengaging from the culture war, that’s for sure.

See, when General Mills supports equality, they’re engaging in a “culture war” and must be stopped; when Chick Fil A gives millions to groups that still want to put gay people in jail or into forced reversion therapy, that’s being “neutral” in the culture wars. Convenient, don’t you think? It’s the same hypocritical use of language that we see when they talk about “special rights” — a “special” right being any right they already have and want to deny to others.

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