American Family Association (AFA) has suspended its boycott of PepsiCo. After monitoring the company for several months, AFA is satisfied the company has withdrawn its major financial contributions to gay activist groups.
AFA launched a boycott of PepsiCo after the company made $500,000 donations to Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) in 2008. Records from PepsiCo, HRC and PFLAG indicate repeat donations did not occur in 2009.
AFA President Tim Wildmon said more than 500,000 people signed the Boycott PepsiCo Pledge.
Wildmon said a few minor issues remain, and AFA will continue to bring these to the attention of PepsiCo. “We feel we have made our point," he said. "Boycotts have been a last resort for us at AFA, and the PepsiCo boycott was started to address issues of concern to us – especially the promotion of the homosexual agenda in the culture. AFA will continue to challenge major U.S. companies to remain neutral in the culture wars rather than to use their resources to promote controversial issues.”
That was Feb. 12.
Imagine my utter delight to find, as I was perusing the phobic bagger "news" site WorldNetDaily, that Pepsi appearently "refreshed everything" and went back to its full-bodied, robust support of the GLBT Community.
Appearently, WND and it's bagger friends were not amused:
By Drew Zahn
PepsiCo reportedly donated over $75 million to various causes last year, but now one group is charging that the soft-drink giant has been funding the cause of undermining biblical faith.
Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays, known as PFOX, a national non-profit group that advocates for former homosexuals, is demanding the company reveal its standards for charitable giving after the group discovered a Pepsi-supported organization urging protests against religious gatherings that contend God can help people leave the homosexual lifestyle.
PFOX alleges that PepsiCo is the leading corporate sponsor of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Inc., whose recent publication, a Faith Field Guide, urges PFLAG members to protest against religious conferences that feature formerly homosexual speakers.
The guidebook labels the "ex-gay" conferences as "anti-gay," and prompts the protests "to remind people that there is more than one faith message."
PFOX questions, however, why a soft-drink company that has declared itself to be "committed to diversity and inclusion without imposition of personal judgment" would exclusively back one side of a theological debate.
"Why does PepsiCo fund organizations like PFLAG, which issue religious publications urging readers to undermine other religions with which PFLAG disagrees?" asked Regina Griggs, executive director of PFOX, in a statement. "Is this the best use of PepsiCo funding?"
As WND has reported, PepsiCo, – which produces Pepsi soft drinks, Gatorade, Frito-Lay snacks, Quaker oats and other foods – regularly donates to homosexual groups, sponsored a float in 35th annual Lesbian and Gay Pride Parade in New York and boasts 160,000 employees represented by its lesbian, "gay", bisexual and transgender resource group.
First off baggers, it's not "gay"...its gay. It's not so-called.
You'd probably call Black people Negroes if you had the shot...
P-FLAG, if you ever bothered to check their website, promotes humanity among those who are not hetrosexual. Providing health services and emotional support, WITHOUT BEING JUDGMENTAL. Advocating action against hate crimes, which for some reason I think you would support. Offering love..which works...instead of "repairative therapy"....which does not...
The company's website even boasts its perfect rating on the 2009 Corporate Equality Index, a scale created by the homosexual advocacy giant Human Rights Campaign, measuring companies with policies beneficial toward homosexuals.
But when one of the world's largest food distributors, with 2009 retail revenues hitting $108 billion, starts using its financial muscle to undermine religion, PFOX contends, PepsiCo's homosexual advocacy has gone too far.
The PFLAG Faith Field Guide specifically states, "When something happens in your community that is anti-LGBT and has a faith angle, consider organizing a response. A perfect example of this is Love Won Out. Love Won Out (LWO) is a traveling conference run by the anti-gay group Focus on the Family.
"Often people in the community will feel intimidated or hurt by just the presence and negative press that conferences like LWO bring," the guide continues. "Reminding them that there are supportive people in the community who are willing to listen is important for counteracting the message of change promoted by LWO."
The guide then goes on to describe how to plan press releases and protests surrounding the appearance of a formerly homosexual speaker.
"Why does PepsiCo continue to fund organizations which hate the ex-gay community?" asked Griggs. "PepsiCo's actions adversely affect its public image, goodwill and stock value."
Pepsi's public image is spotless, as opposed to the right's public image, which has been taking many hits as of late.
As for its stock value, note: AFA started it's botycott of PepsiCo in January 2009. It did fall to a low of 46.6 on the NYSE in March. But since then, PEP (Pepsico's stock symbol) has been on a steady uptick, closing the day I am typing this at 66.68. You can check.
Also it helps that a lot of "Sodomites" drink Pepsi.
PFOX is working with MoxyVote.com to enable PepsiCo shareholders to voice their protest and demand accountability from the company.
"The PepsiCo Shareholder Proposal No. 4," Griggs explains, "asks PepsiCo to divulge its standards for funding and account for how the Company's charitable contributions are actually used, a reasonable request."
I can answer that question....because it is the right thing to do.
Do do us all a favor, WND, and go screw yourselves. I'll even help ya. Here's an empty bottle of Mountain Dew. Knock yourselves out.