Friday, June 24, 2005

Religious Hatred ?

Norm reports disapprovingly on "right-wing Christian organizations in the US who are boycotting companies that advertise in gay magazines and on gay websites".

He has every right to disapprove - just as Christians have the right to organise boycotts. This is IMHO the best, most democratic kind of activism - where the decisions of large numbers of ordinary individuals are what's important. It certainly beats threatening children - a favourite tactic of "animal rights" activists.

In the UK, boycotting is organised at an institutional level.

"The Co-operative Bank has asked an evangelical Christian group to close its account because of its anti-homosexual views.
The bank said the opinions of Christian Voice were incompatible with its support for diversity."

This is an interesting departure from traditional business practice. I'm trying to think of previous occasions when a business has demanded that its customers conform to its corporate stance on a given issue.

"First they came for the Christians ..."

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