Today, I heard that the AFA is urging their listeners to boycott The Home Depot because of a donation to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), which is “the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans” (according to its website). The radio personality said the home improvement store had donated $8,500 to HRC.
I assumed he was mistaken.
He must have read the number incorrectly, right? Surely it was $85,000 or some other large number. But on the AFA website, it does indeed say $8,500. (I couldn’t find this number on any other website.) They explain: “Customers who shop at Home Depot should know that a portion of their purchase will be used to help push the legalization and promotion of homosexual marriage in America.”
Yes, a portion. What portion? For example, let’s say I spent $500 at The Home Depot in the last year. How much of that went to HRC? According to Bloomberg, The Home Depot’s profits in the last quarter were $1.23 billion, from a gross income of $19.1 billion. Extrapolate that for a year, and you get $76.4 billion. Of which $8,500 went to HRC. That’s 0.000011%. So, zero of my five hundred bucks went to HRC. Not even half of one penny.
Perhaps a local contractor bought a few thousand dollars’ worth of materials. They might be interested to know that a couple of pennies went to the HRC.Then I learned that AFA has actually been boycotting The Home Depot for a while now, and not just because of this one donation as the radio announcer had insinuated. The AFA has a whole page about it. They’ve been calling for the boycott of the company since at least 2010. In that time, The Home Depot’s stock value has risen from about $25 per share to almost $80 per share.
I understand that the AFA has been successful in some past boycotts. But by their current record with The Home Depot, I’d like to start a company and have the AFA boycott it. It looks like a profitable path.
What was the most interesting part of the AFA’s entreaty was this: “AFA is promoting a boycott of Home Depot until it agrees to remain neutral in the homosexual culture war” (emphasis mine).
I would personally encourage the AFA to be more honest. It’s not neutrality that they want, is it? No. If the AFA simply wanted corporations to be neutral, they’d be boycotting Chick-fil-A, which has donated millions to anti-gay groups over the years and $1.9 million in 2010 alone (source). Chick-fil-A reportedly agreed to cease funding such groups, but quickly jumped to correct that.
So yes, I’m still waiting for the AFA to boycott them too — or admit that it’s not neutrality that they want in the “Culture War”. (Of course, this is a little tongue-in-cheek. AFA has never been bashful about what it wants.)
AFA says on its website: “…we believe the core goal of the homosexual movement is to abolish the traditional, Judeo-Christian view of human sexuality, marriage and family.” AFA Founder and President Donald E. Wildmon says on the same web page: “We oppose the effort to convince our culture that because individuals participate in homosexual behavior, they have earned the right to be protected like racial and other minority groups.”
If you know anyone who’s gay, think about whether their goal is to ‘undermine the fabric of society’ (Rick Santorum’s words), or whether they just want to live out their lives.
So, just to wrap up:
* Of your next purchase at The Home Depot, exactly $0.00 will be sent to support gay rights (unless you spend several thousand dollars), but AFA is pretty upset about it.