Anti-Gay Bigotry on Display
Via Reuters: One Million Moms to JC Penney: fire Ellen, she’s gay
One Million Moms — a project of the American Family Association — is very angry at JC Penney.
"Funny that JC Penney thinks hiring an open homosexual spokesperson will help their business when most of their customers are traditional families," the million (or so) moms write on their website. "DeGeneres is not a true representation of the type of families that shop at their store. The majority of JC Penney shoppers will be offended and choose to no longer shop there."
The moms want JC Penney "to replace Ellen DeGeneres as their new spokesperson immediately and remain neutral in the culture war."
The odds, of course, that indeed a million moms (or, indeed, people in general) are involved here is dubious. And one might reasonably note that drawing attention to the AFA is giving them free publicity that they want but do not deserve. However, I think that they need publicity, although of the negative sort. This kind of behavior is simply reprehensible as well as tiresome. It also needs to be called out, especially since this is hardly new behavior.
For example, Doug Mataconis blogged the following last year: Christian Radio Host Wants To Put New Apple CEO In Jail For Being Gay. And not only in the organization anti-gay, it is rather rabidly anti-Muslim. For example: Apparently, Hating Muslims Is Now A Family Value.
The notion that upholding family values, let alone promoting a religion that is supposed to be based in grace, love, and forgiveness, is accomplished through tearing other people down is an odd one, to put it mildly.
Ultimately, I am unclear as to how having Ellen DeGeneres flack for JCP will lead to anyone’s family being compromised or how having her as a spokesperson promotes, to quote AFA from the Reuters’ piece, “the immorality, violence, vulgarity and profanity the entertainment media is throwing at your children.”
Beyond even that, if one were to apply strictly rigid morality tests (e.g., no homosexuals, no adulterers, no fornicators, etc.) to one’s consumer activities, one would quickly find it impossible to shop anywhere, yes? Further, one shops at JCP to get cheap stuff, not to have morals taught/affirmed.