On Monday, Pam Spaulding linked something on her Facebook page which has stayed in my mind, largely because it shows the divide between the busybody left and the busybody right on gay issues — and makes it easier for me to show just exactly what freedom means.
Get Equal Now has sent the American Family Association a cease and desist letter after the anti-gay, right-wing organization called for a boycott of Home Depot.
Last week, AFA called for a boycott of the home improvement retailer because it sponsored several gay Pride events this year and offers domestic partner benefits to its employees.
So, here we have a private enterprise, Home Depot, making private business decisions, decisions which, to me at least, seem sound. Now, the American Family Association (AFA) happens not to like those decisions, so they’re launching a boycott — which is their prerogative in a free society. Personally, I don’t see how granting domestic partner benefits can diminish the quality of home improvement goods or services. And isn’t that the reason most people go to Home Depot?
Given the success of AFA’s past boycotts, I wouldn’t worry too much about their current move. I mean, you know, now that Disney has long since stopped offering domestic partner benefits to its employees. Oh, wait a minute, that’s right, Disney never caved.
And now we’ve got a left-wing organization trying to prevent a right-wing one from exercising its freedom to protest a private enterprise which has adopted a policy that it just doesn’t like. Why can’t they just leave well enough alone? (I might say the same thing to the AFA.)
Given the AFA’s track record, this boycott’s going to fail. So, I urge Get Equal Now to take Napoleon’s words to heart, “Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.”