You Thought You Were Only Shopping

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Did you know that shopping online could be considered a homophobic activity? Neither did I.

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Imagine that your laptop finally gives up the ghost. You have several options: You can drive to the store and buy a new one, or you can shop online.

If you choose the latter, you have another option: You can buy it from an online retailer, or you can connect to a retailer via a portal. Why? Because some portals, like CGBG, split its share of the profits with a charity of your choice.

It’s as close as shopping gets to “win-win” in our consumerist culture.

That is, of course, until someone objects to the charities who are receiving a share of the profits. And you won’t be surprised at who is making the objections.

Among the charities CGBG shares its profits with are the Family Research Council and Focus on the Family. In July, a petition asking Microsoft to stop doing business with CGBG hit the Web.  The organizer, “Stuart Wilber, a 73-year-old gay man in Seattle,” in the words of the New York Times, says that he was “astonished” that people could buy Microsoft products through CGBG.

Do I have to tell you why he was “astonished?” After all, many gay activists and organizations consider Focus on the Family and FRC to be anti-gay hate groups just because they are opposed to so-called gay “marriage” and consider the biblical teachings that homosexual sex sinful.

It didn’t matter that Focus and FRC were only two of thousands of CGBG’s potential recipients. Nor did it matter what good the other groups did. Focus and FRC spoke a discouraging word about homosexuality, so CGBG was beyond the pale.

Microsoft gave in, as did Macy’s. Others, like Delta, Target, and Wal-Mart, withdrew from any association with CGBG and then thought better of it.

Why? Because for major retailers there is no profit, literally, in alienating millions of potential Christian customers, especially when the “association” alleged by gay activists is so tenuous.

As a Delta spokesman put it, “We thought we were just flying airplanes.”

But to many in the gay-rights movement, retailers and airlines are mere props in a campaign of intimidation. From their perspective, the amount that Focus and FRC may raise through their participation in CGBG (and they don’t raise much) is beside the point.

It’s not enough that gay men and lesbians are free to live, work, and, in six states plus the District of Columbia, marry where and whom they choose.

It doesn’t matter that, within living memory of virtually everyone over the age of eighteen, the opinions being expressed by Focus, FRC and the Manhattan Declaration were literally taken for granted.

It doesn’t matter that, unlike the real “hate groups” to whom FRC is slanderously compared, no one involved with CGBG is threatening, much less doing, violence or even urging discrimination.

It doesn’t matter because, apparently, homosexual activists will not feel “free,” “safe,” “accepted” or “equal” unless every discordant note, every discouraging word about their lifestyle, is banned from the public square.

It’s good that Christians are speaking out. And some businesses have changed their minds. We must never be intimidated into the spiral of silence, which you’ll be hearing me talk about often in the weeks ahead.

Further Reading and Information

CGBG Website

Retailers Are Put on the Spot Over Anti-Gay Aid
Erik Eckholm | New York Times | September 25, 2011

Charity Group Brings Dollars, and Controversy
Lilly Fowler | Christianity Today | August 10, 2011


I was completely at a loss to know what in the world was CGBG so I googled it and clicked a link. (CGBG stands for Charity Give Back Group, formerly known as the Christian Values Network).

I had no idea what I was getting into. I am a Christian. I am a conservative and I found myself reading the comments of those on the other side of the issue. It bothered me to read "Barber, who in 2008 personally led a boycott rally in front of McDonalds’ corporate headquarters, now complains that LGBT rights and women’s rights advocates are using “economic terrorism” to convince retailers to leave the CGBG." (http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/groups/cgbg)

There are numerous articles on this website and others with examples of persons fighting for the rights of Christians saying there are no tactics being used and then the very thing that is claimed to be non-existent is proven to be otherwise.

So how do we who represent the Lord Jesus address these things? When I in compassion reach out to a 'gay' man who is suffering from a debilitating disease and mention Jesus he immediately has visions of Christians saying one thing and doing another and a wall goes up.

Even if these reports were untrue, damage is done and we are branded intolerant hate speakers. We can stop listening to the other side but we are already fighting an uphill battle. Without talking to each other how will anyone know why the other side believes what is does for it is because of belief actions and words are enacted and spoken.

God help us to get out of Your way and allow You to work for only You can heal this broken culture.
I guess I'm showing my ignorance, but what is "CGBG"?
You thought you were only shopping
It appears that the militant homosexuals and I have another disagreement besides gay marriage. Apparently they believe in discrimination and reprisals being used against those who disagree with them and I certainly don't think that they should ever be used as a weapon. Evidently bullying is okay, as long as you're the one carrying the stick. But until they stop their blatant hypocrisy, I'll definitely not listen to anything else they say, for they've forfeited all credibility in my opinion.