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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  • Sweet! Cos I am so sick off all those dim Christians slowing up the Express checkout.

  • barriejohn

    Some of the comments appended to that Mail article are priceless, but these are very good:
    Five seconds Googling Tesco Chartiable Donations 2011 will reveal that this year Tesco donated £64,300,000 to hundreds of different charities. This article’s insidious implication that Pride’s less than 0.05% share of this cake was somehow at the expense of a specific cancer charity is shameful.
    Are we still living in the dark ages??? Acording to this report.. “Outrage has been caused”. Really, where? Back in the real world, we live in more of a liberal society. Well done to Tesco for all the fantastic work they do, regardless of what minority / disablilty / health or other secord they choose to support.
    I think many of these comments prove case and point one of the reasons why LGBT events and charities exists. It’s in part because of people like YOU and your vile, ill-informed and ignorant rhetoric. You obviously have no idea of the history or purpose of Pride events – they’re much more than a “party”, which is often how they’re solely represented. Tesco have supported Pride for years, this isn’t new. Infact – a lot of national businesses support Pride events and LGBT charities all around the country. Are you going to boycott them all? Good luck with that!

  • tony e

    ‘And many books supplied at Wal-Mart are homosexual’
    So what ones are they? King Lear? Lord Of The Rings or Men Without Women?
    I’m sorry, it’s the best I could come up with.

  • AngieRS

    What a sad bunch of wankers.

  • Harry

    I’m sure they’d decide growing your own veg is a gay pursuit also.

  • jay

    I’m confused. I thought it was the lefties that were boycotting Walmart. Who’s got dibs on this?
    [and I’ve heard more than a few complaints about their promoting of Christian books. ]

  • The errr…offended xians continue to paint themselves into a corner with their hate filled dogmatic nonsense. Using a very general term,”most people” dislike religion and their infrastructure because of their hate and bigotry. “Most people” have gotten over the nonsense, there are gay people everywhere (‘cept church I guess), there are gay people at work and “most people” have a gay friend or two. Why the godbots feel threatened by the small gay minority is a wonder too. Gays make up at most about 8% of the population. Deluded, completely conned religiots are a much greater majority. WTF is their worry? If god is so powerful, why not leave it to it to sort it out? Surely a god that create the universe can take care of the poofs! These deluded idiots get sillier and sillier. That in the end will be their undoing.

  • Trybrow

    The anglicans WOULD join the grow your own movement, but they found watching the cucumbers grow was highly erotic for them, so they thought it best to leave the job to someone else.

  • I like the attitude from the Christian group that is so angry at Wal-Mart for extending benefits to homosexual spouses/partners. The very idea that someone who would otherwise be completely unable to receive adequate medical care, pension coverage, life insurance or whathaveyou, actually angers them and they make it plain that they wish this person’s life was much more miserable and precarious. That is so loving, isn’t it?
    Give them enough rope, they hang themselves…

  • gsw

    I once read a Sci-Fi about a society whose constitution was based on the single acronym: MYOB.
    Anything you do/not do/ may not affect any other member of society without their express permission. Be gay? Be sad? Be hetro? Pray? Drink? Run about naked? All ok, as long as it does not interfere with what other people are doing. (So praying in the streets of Paris every Friday would be definitely out, along with hurting children.)
    Any fundi or other nut, claiming that this or that was sinful, was just greeted with MYOB.
    So to all you Anglican Mainstream and catholic Besserwissers, I have to say to you MYOB.

  • Angela_K

    Perhaps it was a slow news day for the Mail, so it’s “we haven’t bashed gays for a few days so what can we dig up”. Why the fuss? All big supermarkets support charities, some questionable, probably not through altruism but as a rather cynical way of deflecting criticism of their damage to the environment, poor treatment of suppliers, animal welfare etc – the list is endless.
    As much as I hate Tesco, I applaud their decision – they’ll never have my custom though.

  • AgentCormac

    Here we go yet again – fundies being obsessed with the sex lives of others. The sad, deluded little gobshites should spend more time worrying about the damage their invasive faith does to the minds of millions of young people than what goes on in private between two consenting adults.

  • john c

    The media once again seeking to promote division, this is a non story,tesco can support who they like, the fundies can be as offended as they like, the rest of us dont give a damm weather they are offended or not, the media gets a story.Deny them the oxygen of publicity, and the whole boycot nonsense will fade away overnight,but then there is a blank space to fill on page four.

  • barriejohn

    Richard Littlejohn just had to resurrect this story today. He must be well aware of the millions that Tesco donates to many charities each year, yet he is still peddling the idea that money has been taken from a “worthwhile” cancer charity and given to “self indulgent” gays “dressing up like Carmen Miranda”.
    Tesco has ended its support of Cancer Research and is sponsoring a gay pride festival. Why?
    I’m all for big business giving back to the community. But why choose a self-indulgent celebration of homosexuality over saving lives?
    If gays want to dress up as Carmen Miranda or mince up and down The Mall in nothing but their knickers, that’s fine by me. But why would Britain’s biggest supermarket want to be associated with such an event, at the expense of cancer victims?

    Deliberately misleading.

  • AngieRS

    Well, barriejohn, they’ve closed the comments to the original story, probably because of the negative (for them) reaction to it and given it to their favourite little creep to see how much hysteria he can whip up.

  • AgentCormac

    “If gays want to dress up as Carmen Miranda or mince up and down The Mall in nothing but their knickers, that’s fine by me.”
    I doubt that Richard Littlejohn really means that, do you? In fact, I’m sure the only thing that would really be fine by him would be if anybody who isn’t a white, married, Tory-voting, protestant heterosexual didn’t actually exist at all.

  • Lucy

    Actually it is now slightly more possible I might shop at TESCO (in an emergency only, obviously) Still resisting ASDA/WalMart though.

  • Trevor blake

    Thank heaven that war has ended, the prisons are empty, only a few remain in hospital, all those babies were adopted and natural disaster teams are at the ready around the world. Now Christians can get to the important stuff, like fretting over parades and grocery stores.

  • Har Davids

    If these people had enough brain-cells, the would realize their cause is lost and then they could find another hobby. It’s just like racial discrimination: most people seem to have grown up a bit and stopped nagging about their non-white colleagues, neighbours etc.
    The people who love to hate are on their way out in the long run and if they want to starve to death because even the super-market is gay-friendly, so be it. This planet can without this species.

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  • barriejohn

    You’re right, AgentCormac: like most people who say that they “have no problem” with certain behaviour, he has a BIG problem with it!

  • remigius

    Why don’t Tesco introduce a rainbow loyalty card, which gay couples could share? It would certainly save them the bother of having to go through that civil partnership palaver.

  • Dave

    Atheists assert that a belief in a supreme being is irrational and that there’s no scientific proof to justify such a belief.
    Surely the atheists’ assertion is equally irrational given there’s no proof that a supreme creator doesn’t exist?
    Hasn’t ‘atheism’ as enacted by the authors of this website now become fully subsumed into the poisonous ideology of political correctness? Tesco’s retreat from charities that support real suffering (Age Concern, Alzheimers etc) in preference to a cosseted minority with cultivated sense of victimhood is a miscalculation.

  • barriejohn

    Dave: Yawn
    PS There’s no fucking god!

  • Buffy

    If Tesco insists upon supporting gay groups, then in terms of fairness, it ought to support post-gay groups
    If they’re “post-gay” aren’t they heterosexual? Does Tesco somehow not support straight people?

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  • I was at Manchester pride and was very proud that the Co op was there in a big way – my town Rochdale’s great claim to fame, the birthplace of co op. My kids loved the event as well.

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