Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Worth Quoting: Joe Jervis

Joe Jervis
I read the blog of Joe Jervis, Joe.My.God., every day. I often link to Joe’s posts, or use them as a starting point for my own posts. Today he said something that I must quote in full.

Maggie Gallagher, the former head of the anti-gay group I always call the National Organization for Man/Lady Only Marriage, wrote an opinion piece about the Mozilla boycott and, as Joe observed, it showed her suffering from amnesia. Joe wrote:
Amnesiac Maggie doesn't seem to remember that one week ago today dozens of leading evangelicals threatened the livelihood of World Vision's CEO when he (briefly) agreed to hire legally married gay people. Also wiped from Maggie's mental hard drive are memories of the Christian calls to boycott Chick-Fil-A that erupted earlier this month when CEO Dan Cathy announced that he was shutting up forever about gay marriage. Gone too, apparently, are any recollections from just a couple of weeks ago when pretty much every leading anti-gay crackpot called for a boycott of Guinness beer. Those frantic emails from One Million Moms with their literally weekly demands to boycott everything from snack products to salad dressing? Deleted. Didn't happen. Perhaps most interesting is that Maggie's convenient amnesia has also fogged over the fact that the very organization she once headed is still calling for boycotts of Starbucks and General Mills.
REMINDER: When anti-gay and Christian groups call for nationwide boycotts, that is a righteous use of the free market in order to preserve morality, marriage, family, and the American way. But when LGBT groups or citizens use or threaten the use of a boycott, THAT is homofascist intimidation, intolerance, bullying, a stifling of religious liberty, and an attempt to deny the freedom of speech. And don't you forget it. [emphasis and links were in the original]
Well, said—I couldn’t possibly agree more. Joe states more directly what I was getting at in my own post on the Mozilla boycott.

Note: I deleted from the quoted material links to the Starbucks and General Mills boycott pages because they go to an anti-gay site, but they are on the original post on JMG.

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