Oh my. Mike Huckabee is not happy:
“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.
The “this” of his ire was a LGBT-led campaign to pressure companies like Microsoft, Apple, Macys, and Wal-Mart to end their participation in the Charity Give Back Group (CGBG), formerly known as the Christian Values Network. So why is the campaign un-American “economic terrorism?
CGBG promotes the products of participating companies to its supporters, and the companies agree to funnel a portion of the proceeds from the sales of their wares back to a number of anti-gay organizations from the religious right, like James Dobson’s Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council — an organization designated a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center. [Update: edited for more clarity.]
But Mike . . . boycotts are “economic terrorism”? Really?
I guess that makes James Dobson an unbelievably un-American economic terrorist for the Focus on the Family boycott of Disney [pdf], along with the unbelievably un-American American Family Association, the unbelievably un-American Catholic League, the unbelievably un-American Citizens for a Better America, the unbelievably un-American Concerned Women for America, and the unbelievably un-American Southern Baptist Convention (SBC).
Here’s the SBC’s 1997 terrorist manifesto, Mike. The unbelievably un-American economic terrorist Richard Land was at the heart of implementing that manifesto, crafting and mailing propaganda to his co-conspirators, urging them to channel the anger of their followers and recruit them for the cause.
I’m no fan of Dobson, Land, et al., though.
I prefer the unbelievably un-American economic terrorism of Martin Luther King Jr. myself. When the white-owned businesses in Birmingham in the early 1960s told King and other black leaders, “We’d love to let you folks sit at our lunch counters, but we don’t want to offend our customers or get involved in politics,” unbelievably un-American economic terrorism ensued. This being pre-9/11, the preferred term used by Bull Connor and his all-American defenders of freedom was “outside agitators” instead of “unbelievably un-American economic terrorists” but the idea was the same.
It makes me wonder how much CGBG is paying Huckabee these days to “consult” like this.
Or . . .
*donning tin foil hat*
Maybe Huckabee is a Manchurian Consultant, secretly recruited by Teh Gay Agenda to undermine the already shaky credibility of the Homophobic-American community.
Maybe I shouldn’t have outed him like this. My bad.