Family Research Council drops UPS over decision to stop funding Boy Scouts
WASHINGTON, D.C., December 12, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Mail trucks with United Parcel Services (UPS) will be carrying a lighter load this Christmas season after one of the top conservative organizations in the country announced they are dropping the mail carrier.
Family Research Council (FRC) expressed frustration after UPS decided to cease funding Boy Scouts because of the Scouts’ policy of not accepting openly homosexual Scout leaders or members.
In November, FRC sent a letter to UPS urging them to reconsider and reverse their new policy.
However, FRC President Tony Perkins now says that he has spoken personally with UPS executives, “but they showed no willingness to back down on bullying non-profits into abandoning their values.”
“Although as recently as September UPS had said they would not discriminate against the Scouts, they recently reversed themselves following an online petition campaign by homosexual activists,” he continued.
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Perkins said that UPS “has the right to fund the organizations it chooses,” but “FRC also has the right to do business with companies that are not hostile to traditional values.”
“Therefore, we informed UPS that we will take our business (which is equivalent to the amount they are directing away from the Boy Scouts) elsewhere.”
Perkins said that the Boy Scouts “has for decades been a force for moral integrity and leadership in the United States.”
He said that “the mission of the Boy Scouts is ‘to instill values in young people’ and ‘prepare them to make ethical choices, and the Scout’s oath includes a pledge ‘to do my duty to God’ and keep himself ‘morally straight.’
“It is entirely reasonable and not at all unusual for those passages to be interpreted as requiring abstinence from homosexual conduct. UPS should not try to impose the competing values of the sexual revolution upon the Boy Scouts.”
Perkins also said that the Scouts’ policy makes sense from a “security” standpoint, with the organization having been hit with hundreds of child sex abuse cases.
“The Scouts, unlike UPS, are about instilling character and leadership into America’s boys. UPS, in the name of ‘tolerance,’ can’t tolerate such efforts.”
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