Prop 8: Boycotting the Mormon Church

This informative how-to on boycotting one of the big proponents of California’s anti-GLBT and thoroughly evil Proposition 8 appeared in the inbox. The list comes from BoycottMormonBusiness.com. By the way, if you want a list of dishonorable Californians, click here, and don’t forget the bigoted Catholics at the Knights of Columbus. (A note: I want to give a positive shout-out to the Mormons (among them Marie Osmond) and Catholics who opposed Prop 8 — that took courage, and you should be acknowledged for the principled and pro-justice position you took. And also to those whose personal beliefs may not encourage them to support gay marriage yet who understand that religious beliefs have nothing to do with equality under civil law and opposed Prop 8 anyway. Thank you, thank you, thank you.) Take the info to heart, put it to work, and stand for equality!

Family, Friends, Co-workers, LGBTQ Community, Allies, and to all others.

“Now we are engaged in a great civil war” (President Lincoln)

Wars are fought in many ways. I hereby declare that our friends, families and allies nationwide support us in this war for equal rights. Three days ago the our rights were taken away by Proposition 8 in California as well as similar propositions  in two other states, all backed by the Mormon Church. Twenty million dollars is a lot for a church to pay to write discrimination into law and they won. I propose we cost them many millions more by fighting the only war that is a proven historical success: Hit ’em in the wallet. I ask each of you to boycott these Mormon owned and/or operated companies. Please circulate this information to everyone by email, blogs, bulletins, phone, fax, flyer, word of mouth. Get the word out that the Mormon church will lose big time until FULL RIGHTS ARE RESTORED and nothing less. 

Fellow Citizens, WE NEED YOUR HELP. Fight for what is right and please do not do business or associate yourself with these Mormon companies:

AES Corp.

Affiliated Computer Services

AgReserves

American Express

Avista Corp.

American Express Company

Azul

Beneficial Financial Group

Bonneville International Corporation

Black & Decker

Brigham Young University

Cadence Design

Cornerstone Realty Income Trust Inc

Corvis

Central Pacific Bank

1-800-Contacts

Cygnus Inc.

Diebold

Dell Computer

Deseret Management Corporation

Dionex

Downey Savings and Loan

EarthShell

Fisher-Price, Inc

Five Star Quality Care, Inc.

Franklin Covey

Hillenbrand Industries

Headwaters, Inc.

Heinz Asia/Pacific

Hollywood Entertainment (Hollywood Video)

Host Marriott (Marriot Hotels and Resorts

Iomega

JP Realty

KeyCorp

Knight Transportation

Kroger foods (Ralph’s and Albertsons)

K-Swiss Inc.

La Quinta Properties, Inc (La quinta Hotels)

Micrel Semiconductor

Micro General

Merit Medical Systems

Monaco Coach

Microsemi Corp.

Myriad Genetics

Novell

NPS Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

NuSkin

Oil States International

Oakley

Priceline.com Inc.

Phelps Dodge Corp.

Ryder Systems

SkyWest Airlines

Specta

Sunrider International

Swift Transportation

Tropical Sportswear

Williams Companies, Inc.

Zions Bancorp

 

Radio Stations 

Chicago KTMX-FM and WCLR-FM

Dallas KAAM-AM, KZPS-FM and KAFM-FM

Kansas City KMBZ-AM and KMBR-FM

Los Angeles KBIG-FM

New York WNSR-FM

Phoenix KMEO-AM/FM

Salt Lake KSL-AM

San Francisco KOIT-AM/FM

Seattle KIRO-AM and KSEA-FM
 

Television Stations

B.Y.U. KBYU

New York WRFM

Salt Lake KSL

Seattle KIRO

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12 responses to “Prop 8: Boycotting the Mormon Church

  1. “Twenty million dollars is a lot for a church to pay” is an interesting opinion, but hardly a fact. The Mormon Church donated less that $3,000. Mormon individuals donated to the campaign, but don’t they have the right to be politically active or do they lose that right when they become Mormons?

  2. Certainly not. Absolutely not. We are not saying to target citizens who happen to be Mormon — we know what it is like to have rights taken away. 🙂

    But the fact is that a political message was sent from the pulpits. That is our gripe, and it is legitimate. The Mormon Church — and all other faith communities — are not supposed to talk about specific political candidates and initiatives. They for whatever reason are on a pedestal when it comes to taxes, a privileged position they deserve to lose when they behave as politically minded organizations. Numerous churches and denominations did — and they deserve punishment for it. We would have the same position for any nonprofit that violated the rules.

  3. I’m confussed? The Catholic church stated on many occasions that they equally supported Prop 8. Why are the people who were against prop 8 only going after the Mormon’s? Catholic leaders urged their members to support prop 8, their members made contibutions to the effort, yet no retaliation. I find that interesting.

    -http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/11/10/MNU1140AQQ.DTL&type=newsbayarea
    -http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/Former-Catholic-Bishop-Salt-Lake/story.aspx?guid=%7BBE149180-C54A-41B7-B3DC-14EAC89B5D6E%7D

    If you want to Boycott businesses that have affiliations with all the groups that supported prop 8, you should ad to the list everything Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical, Muslim, African American, and people over 60, since all of these groups overwhelmingly supported prop 8. That would effectively elimanate 90% of all bussinesses in the world, but hey it’s the principal. Of the 53% of the people that voted “yes”, what percent were actually Mormon? Frankly, I’m happy that Californians are boycotting our state (Utah), do us a favor and take Sundance with you (really though, please take it).

    You stated you would “have the same position for any nonprofit that violate the rules”. Are you aware that most of the organized groups that stood AGAINST Prop 8 are also non-profit? Yet I see no mention of them in your post for them to be punished. Hmmmm?

    Lastly, what rights did gays loose exactly that weren’t already provided them through civil unions? I was under the impression that under California law, Civil Unions and Marriages were provided the same legal benefits. I believe that gays should have the same legal rights available to them as married couples, but marriage has been defined as a union between a man and a woman. Just like Civil Unions have been defined as a union between a man and a man, woman and a woman. They should be equally represented legaly, but society has chosen to distinguish between the two, and there’s nothing wrong with that in my opinion.

    I wish you the best!

  4. I’ll address the last question first: Ever heard of Brown v. Board of Education? In that landmark decision, the SCOTUS ruled that separate but equal is not equal. And civil union is not equal. Period. Truth is, your view of marriage based on religion has no place in secular law. We’re not talking about affecting marriage in discriminatory churches — they are still free to deal with marriage in the manner you see fit. We are talking only about CIVIL marriages done in municipal buildings and, of course, in churches that do grant equality to gays and lesbians within their faith communities. There are already laws on the books protecting churches and their specific rites. Morally, a secular government (and the US govt. is secular and is supposed to be in a pluralistic society, must NOT distinguish between the two. And in fact, civil unions have no distinctions — heterosexual couples could opt to be unionized rather than married, and some do.

    As far as information on demographic breakdowns, that info should be available on the internet; google it.

    As to the other points, we *are* going after other churches too. I know of protests taking place at many Catholic churches. What’s posted is information already available; as more info is researched, that will be posted too.

    Trust me, I am going after any institution I find responsible for doing the evil of taking rights away from particular citizens. What they did was unconscionable and unforgivable.

  5. I have not read the posts yet and perhaps someone has mentioned this but…Why Dell?
    The Dell’s are Jewish and I know of no connection with the Mormon’s

  6. Dell’s very powerful president and COO is Kevin Rollins, a wealthy Mormon.

  7. NR Thanks for the info.!

  8. NR – Good point on Brown v Board of Education. Domestic Partnerships in CA are afforded “equal” benefits IN CA. This does not extend beyond CA. (Side note: it is only available to heterosexual couples over 65, if I recall correctly; the state has a FAQ on DP eligibility and that struck me as kinda funny). I have more on the legal rights issue on my blog at http://tomsissues.wordpress.com (the last several posts have been about this issue in general).

    Other than the fact that “separate is inherently unequal”, the main difference between DP and marriage is portability across state lines and federal recognition. Now, AT THE MOMENT, that portability of gay marriage licenses is thwarted by the “Defense of Marriage Act” at the federal level. However, there is a REALLY good chance that that act will be declared unconstitutional in a few years, BUT ONLY IF there is a case to try against it. We need multiple states’ gay marriages to test portability and to bring lawsuit (first, of course, a slightly less ultra-conservative SCOTUS bench would be helpful). Barring the judicial route, I expect it would take at least a decade for public acceptance of homosexuals to have advanced far enough for the DOMA to be legislatively redacted.

    With Prop 8, CA doesn’t allow Californian gays to marry without moving elsewhere (Prop 8 or not, the US Constitution trumps CA Constitution and CA must necessarily recognize all marriages made in other states). It’s another roadblock, and, yes, it’s a lot easier to pass now when they can say there’s really no effect on what gay people can do than it would be in a DOMA-invalidated world a few years down the road.

    In the end, it’s all about roadblocks and slowing down progress for the anti-gay bigots. Prop 8 is just another stalling tactic. They can see as well as you and I the way the wind is blowing, and they don’t like it.

  9. They’re scared as hell, in fact. Life isn’t good if you’re not top dog anymore.

    One note about DP vs. civil marriage. They may be similar or the same in terms of state benefits/responsibilities, however, DP carries less status, less prestige, kinda like the “colored” and “white” drinking fountains I recall seeing during my childhood. Both state-mandated fountains dispensed drinking water, but everyone knew which was superior and which wasn’t. Doesn’t sound equal to me… And Elton “Jim Crow Works for Me in the UK” John shilling for civil partnerships made him a tool for Prop 8.

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  11. So we’re supposed to boycott EVERY business that is owned by or even EMPLOYS Mormons (i.e. Dell)? Wouldn’t that include nearly every business that exists?

  12. No, of course not. But if the Mormon is *proven* to be actively antigay… It’s up to you, of course. I don’t think anyone has the right to judge how you choose to live your life. For instance, Wal-mart. If it’s the only store in town and you can’t get to another one or can’t afford to go anywhere else, you have to do what you have to do. In terms of these things, I boycott because it makes ME feel better. I have no illusions that me boycotting anything is going to change anything — save for my sense of self-worth. We each must decide for ourselves.

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