Bigots v Tesco: it's all about The Gays

Bigots v Tesco: it's all about The Gays November 14, 2011

FOR the past week, I have been dipping into Google to see how well Christian fundies in the UK are doing in their efforts to organise a nationwide boycott of supermarket giant Tesco.
The wrath of the righteous erupted immediately after the Daily Wail revealed that Tesco is supporting London Gay Pride 2012, and calls were made by a hodgepodge of homophobes for the public to rise up and give Sir Richard Broadbent, the company chairman, a good chewing and threaten to shift their custom elsewhere.
Some nutter writing for Anglican Mainstream suggested that:

If Tesco insists upon supporting gay groups, then in terms of fairness, it ought to support post-gay groups. One such group [is] CORE Issues led by post-gay Dr Mike Davidson.
CORE works with individuals unhappy with their homosexual feelings who want to develop their heterosexual potential. Because of political correctness, these individuals live in a climate of fear; often they cannot afford to ‘come out’. However, their wishes and desires are, in our opinion, just as legitimate as those of happily ‘out’ gay men, and we are able to help many embrace their heterosexual potential.

Well, as far as I can ascertain, Joe and Jane Public have sensibly disregarded Anglican Mainstream, as well as crackpots like Francis Phillips, the Catholic Herald commentator, who asked:

Why on earth is Tesco promoting an event like this? Tesco is a supermarket; its remit has been to sell good-quality food and other items at very reasonable prices, and in this it has been hugely successful. Why has it now aligned itself with an aggressive political organisation such as Pride London?

She added:

David Skinner [of Anglican Mainstream] has told Tesco that he will not be shopping at their shops any more. I am going to send a similar letter with the same message. If only a few people do this, it will appear pathetic. Tesco thinks in terms of balance sheets and profit margins like any capitalist organisation. If thousands of Christians and others were to join a campaign of protest it is likely Tesco would think again.

So what will the alternative be for these good Christians? The Co-op? I think not. The Co-op sponsors Manchester Pride. It declared here:

For the third year running we’re delighted to be sponsoring Manchester Pride – a fantastic community event right here in our home city! We’ll be loud and proud in the Manchester Pride Parade this year with colleagues and members joining forces to create a huge and colourful entry.

And George Meudell, Head of The Co-operative’s Respect Network commented:

The Co-operative is the only retailer in Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers index and this is indicative of the importance the business places on LGBT matters. We don’t just do these things to be seen to be supporting. Instead, treating people fairly and equally is part of the fabric of being co-operative and is enshrined in our values and principles as a business.

Asda (or Wall-Mart in the US)? Nope, no luck there, according to this rant by one K Barry Napier:

Wal-Mart is planning on giving five-star benefits to its homosexual employees who have ‘partners’. And many books supplied at Wal-Mart are homosexual.
Do not buy from Wal-Mart and ASDA. Remember, gays are working on a vast number of fronts, and all behind the backs of decent society. Be aware! Don’t let them have an easy time of it, because their lifestyle is one of death and destruction of society. Pass on this information to as many people as you can.

Unless Christian fundies want to starve themselves for their batty bigotry, they better start thinking fast of joining the grow-your-own movement.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn

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