Here’s the short version: an Internet marketer called Charity Giveback Group (CGBG) regularly channels commissions received from major corporations such as Microsoft and Expedia to evangelical groups whose messages routinely promote anti-gay policies.
[A[dvocates are demanding that the retailers end their association with an Internet marketer that gets a commission from the retailers for each online customer it gives them. It is a routine arrangement on hundreds of e-commerce sites, but with a twist here: a share of the commission that retailers pay is donated to a Christian charity of the buyer’s choice, from a list that includes prominent conservative evangelical groups like the Family Research Council and Focus on the Family.
The marketer and the Christian groups are fighting back, saying that the hundred or so companies that have dropped the marketer were misled and that the charities are being slandered for their religious beliefs.
On one side are angry gay-rights advocates and bloggers, wielding the club of the gay community’s purchasing power. On the other side are conservative Christian groups that say they are being attacked for their legitimate biblical views of sex and marriage, as well as a Web marketing firm that feels trampled for providing consumers with free choice. — NYTimes
Oh, this again, right? Those pesky gay people with their homosexual agenda just can’t stomach solid Christian principles on which America was founded, and the spiritual leadership provided by a clear majority of right-thinking, bible-reading, pew-dwellers.
But what catches my fancy here is the outrage expressed at the advocates’ tactics. They’re sending emails to affiliated corporations expressing their concerns that those companies’ revenues are supporting hate groups, evoking a speedy response: companies are terminating their contracts with CGBG.
“This is economic terrorism,” said Mike Huckabee, the former pastor, governor and presidential contender, who is a paid CGBG consultant. “To try to destroy a business because you don’t like some of the customers is, to me, unbelievably un-American,” he said in an interview.
“Un-American economic terrorism.” That’s what he calls citizens motivating the business community to action by leveraging the power of the marketplace. If Huck were a true conservative, a genuine market-oriented capitalist, he would applaud these measures, even if opposed to the underlying cause. But he’s not: he’s a thug and an ideologue and a homophobe. He’s also a Creationist. Oh, and a paid consultant to the company in question. Your witness.
I don’t recall Huckabee climbing up on his hind legs to decry Evangelicals’ long-running boycott of Proctor and Gamble, based on their loony-toon conviction that P&G’s logo is Satanic. Has he ever addressed the issue of Jews refusing to purchase German cars and other products from the former Nazi nation? Isn’t one’s decision about how, where, and on whom one spends his money the very bedrock of a free enterprise system so beloved to American conservatives?
Huckabee is a pimp, taking payment from an organization that supports groups like the Family Research Council, itself labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Remember, this is a man who for a moment in 2008 was among Republican front-runners for president. Hard to believe these people worried about BHO’s association with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright — seems like to their own way of thinking they’re more alike than not.