Sunday, December 04, 2005

Institutional shakedown

In the ongoing battle of worldviews, there is the camp that values freedom of choice and association, while on the other side is the camp that is intolerant of those ideals, preferring to change the institutions from without and within.

First, the ever-vigilant James Dobson of Focus on the Family disassociates from an organization that has embraced "alternative" lifestyles, "Christian group drops Wells Fargo".

Focus on the Family says the move was in protest of the bank's support of "the radical homosexual agenda."
It's interesting how the Red Star seems to show its own bias in the story:

Focus on the Family's main objection was that Wells made a matching grant to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). That group focuses on eliminating homophobia and discrimination and promoting equality by advocating for fair and accurate representation in the media.
The description of GLAAD's mission, highlighted above, is not from the group itself, but ostensibly from the Red Star reporter, Jim Buchta. If the description was from the gourp itself, the reporter would have worded it as he did with Focus on the Family:

Founded in 1977, Focus on the Family says its mission is to spread the Gospel, especially by preserving traditional values and the institution of the family.
The reporter makes an individual assumption that "homophobia", or the fear of homosexuality, is at issue. In fact, James Dobson and Focus on the Family do not fear homosexuality. Focus on the Family appears to be quite "inclusive" of homosexual people. From their website:

Are people born gay? Shouldn't we be tolerant of everyone? Can people change? Should they? Amidst the barrage of questions, we must first turn to God's Word — our ultimate authority — for answers. While the Bible clearly states that homosexuality runs contrary to God's plan for relationships, those who struggle with homosexual feelings are still God's children, in need of His forgiveness and healing. Therefore, parents, families and churches have a responsibility to love the homosexual while clearly denouncing this lifestyle.
That doesn't sound like fear, but rather love and inclusiveness. Neither is there a call from Focus on the Family to discriminate against homosexual people.

The devil is in the details, as they say, and the discrimination in this instance appears to be against Focus on the Family.

Update/other links:

Christian group dumps bank over gay 'agenda'

America's pro-homosexual giantsList of companies scoring perfect 100 percent from 'gay'-rights group

Corporate America snuggles up to 'gays'