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04/02/2014

Anti-gay activist forgets his movement's steady stream of boycotts; clearly he needs a Starbucks pick-me-up

by Jeremy Hooper

In an attempt to make pro-equality people look bad for expressing hesitancy toward the Firefox browser, since it has come out that the parent company's CEO donated to the deeply discriminatory Proposition 8 campaign, California activist Randy Thomasson lays the following trap:

In addition to intolerance, Thomasson sees a double standard at play. "Look at the head of Starbucks. Starbucks is very much taking people's dollars for coffee and handing it to homosexual activists and their political campaigns," he says.

"But here, you donate to marriage between a man and a woman, [you] say marriage licenses are naturally only for a husband and a wife, and then the homosexual activists say, Off with your head! I mean, it really is showing intolerance."
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Except, of course (and I suspect your ahead of me on this one), the National Organization For Marriage has led a 2+ year boycott against Starbucks precisely because of the company's support for equality. Tea Party groups, other anti-LGBT organizations, and a whole slew of prominent conservatives joined this call. And unlike anything going on with Firefox/Mozilla, where pushback has been loose, differentiated, and varied, this "Dump Starbucks" campaign was a legit call to boycott, brought forth by a national group for the sole purpose of harming the company—all because they supported certain kinds of customers (rather than opposed them, like Mozilla's CEO).

So nice try with that whole "double standard," talk Randy. But no. When it comes to both merit and rage, your boycott-loving, pro-discrimination movement is in another league.

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