If you’re like me, you probably figure that if Don Wildmon of the American Family Association says it’s bad, then it must be good. His latest target is PepsiCo, the parent company of Frito-Lay, Quaker Oats, Tropicana and Gatorade. They’re also of course responsible for Pepsi, which you probably grew up drinking if you’re from anywhere but Georgia, where Coca-Cola is so ubiquitous that I grew up calling every soda “Coke” — as in, “Would you like a Coke?” “Sure, I’ll have a Sprite.”
Anyway, PepsiCo is on Don Wildmon’s doodoo list because they’re a corporate sponsor of the über-harmless PFLAG, an organization dedicated to essentially helping families stay together in light of the news that a family member is gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.
Well, I already knew PepsiCo supported PFLAG. Then on their website I learned that they’re also sponsors of the indie-music-industryfest SXSW. And all of a sudden, PepsiCo strikes me as pretty darn hip indeed.
Don, on the other hand, seems comparatively stuffy and histrionic. Or probably just greedy. Because hey, if you told me I could get rich by sending out semi-regular emails scaring people into making it rain on me in order to to fend off the bogeyman I kept telling them was at their door… Well, I’m not saying I’d do it, but you can see where it might get tempting.
At the end of this entry is the latest monster-under-the-bed help-me-pay-my-bills screed from Uncle Don. I won’t bother to deconstruct his childlike arguments (and seriously, if you’re in the mood for a quasi-daily chuckle, get on his email list), but the one thing I think it’s important to point out is that he tries to hold the widely discredited “ex-gay” organization PFOX up as somehow being equal to PFLAG — and the fact is, I figured PFOX was pretty much gone by now. They’ve been discredited by everybody, including their own ilk.
PFOX is the same organization whose board president in 2003, Richard Cohen, was permanently banned from membership in the American Counseling Association for unethical practices. Believed to be a front for the Family Research Council, PFOX peddles “reparative therapy”, which has been declared unethical by all the major medical and mental health professional associations. And not only has the “ex-gay” organization Exodus International (whose members can’t seem to stop finding the big gay love of their lives from within the membership) publicly distanced itself from PFOX, but the national PTA rebuffed PFOX’s request to participate in its 2005 convention.
Meanwhile, PFLAG chapters participate in PTA conventions all over the country.
And here’s the ever-ready Don Wildmon, putting on his PFOX mask like Cillian Murphy in “Batman Begins”, spraying us with a fresh dose of gay panic, and getting his charge-card authorization doohickeys fired up. It’s just another Wednesday for a certain brand of domestic terrorist. His war is the “culture war” he keeps flailing at with one hand while his other hand is groping for the wallets of the gullible. The 1-800-GIVE-NOW preacher who lived on the outer reaches of your TV dial in the 1980′s has made the digital transition all right — to the interweb.
Well, as we say here in the South, “Bless his heart”. Surely Wildmon is reading the tea leaves and took note when James Dobson stepped down this month as chair of Focus on the Family, which laid off 200 employees last fall and has acknowledged some difficulty raising money from its bread-and-butter audience of young families. But then again, greed can make you do some pretty counter-intuitive things. Like endorse a nationally discredited organization that should be gone by now but apparently can’t stop doing its part to psychologically damage innocent young people who are just trying to live openly and honestly.
Anyway, I won’t deny you any longer. Here’s the chuckle-worthy email that was waiting in my inbox this morning. Enjoy it while I head to the store to stock up on Doritos and Pepsi.
[PS: Coca-Cola also supports PFLAG.]
Pepsi refuses to be neutral in the culture war, remains the leading corporate sponsor of homosexual group
PepsiCo is the leading corporate sponsor of Parents, Families, & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
March 25, 2009
Like AFA, Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX) has its own problems with PepsiCo. PFOX works to help those who desire to leave the homosexual lifestyle.
By issuing national press releases against PFOX, by organizing protests at ex-gay conferences, by publishing anti-ex-gay literature, and by opposing ex-gays equal access to public venues, Pepsi-supported Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) contributes to the intolerance of the ex-gay community, stereotypes former homosexuals, and continually misrepresents PFOX’s mission.
PFLAG is a vocal and activist homosexual group that calls those who oppose homosexual marriage “the forces of prejudice and discrimination.” PFLAG not only cheered the California Supreme Court’s ruling on May 15 which legalized same-sex marriage, it was also vociferous in its opposition to Proposition 8, the ballot initiative which restored traditional marriage in California on Election Day.
By funding PFLAG, PepsiCo and its shareholders help promote fear and hostility against the ex-gay community and other heterosexuals. PepsiCo is the leading corporate sponsor of PFLAG.
Clearly, PepsiCo has no intentions of being neutral in the culture war. Instead, PepsiCo has thrown their entire influence behind the homosexual movement. Some shareholders will introduce a resolution in the upcoming PepsiCo meeting, asking it to be neutral in the culture war.
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