The shipping giant United Parcel Service has now openly come out and said it will not longer give money to organizations that freely discriminate against homosexuals and specifically it targeted the Boy Scouts of America. UPS become the second major corporation to strip funding from the scouts.
The UPS Foundation made the change Thursday after an online petition protesting its annual grants to the Boy Scouts attracted more than 80,000 signatures. UPS, based in Atlanta, follows computer chip maker Intel in withdrawing corporate support for the Boy Scouts.
The UPS Foundation gave more than $85,000 to the Boy Scouts in 2011, according to its federal tax return.
Federal tax returns for 2011 for Intel, the world's largest chip maker, were not immediately available. Some media reported the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company as giving hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years.
The UPS spokeswoman Kristen Petralla said that in order for groups to receive foundation grants they will have to adhere to the same standards that UPS does by not discriminating on the ground of race, religion, disability or sexual orientation.
"We promote an environment of diversity and inclusion," Petrella said Monday. "UPS is a company that does the right things for the right reasons."
Uh huh, sure you do.
Let's see, there is a thing we reference known as the freedom of association. It's derived from the First Amendment which reads:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Now most people read into that simply that people can protest the government and that most certainly is part of its meaning. However, it goes much deeper than that.
Judge Andrew Napolitano, in his book It Is Dangerous To Be Right When The Government Is Wrong, writes on page 54:
"...private entities - both individuals and private business - have the fundamental right to associate, and alternatively, the right not to associate. Conversely, public entities - like the government - do not have this natural right because the state is a fundamentally different kind of unit.
Free individuals have the right to choose the people with whom they associate. The corollary of that right is free persons can choose the people with whom they do not associate. And to take it a step further, the right not to associate with others is synonymous with the right to discriminate against others. Because we are free individuals with mental capabilities and decision-making skills, these choices to associate and discriminate are ours, and the government must not interfere. In fact, the government exists to protect this right to discriminate.
While the right to discriminate may sound wrong or even immoral, this is not the case at all. Every day, we make discriminating decisions that result in an exclusion of some kind. When I invite a small group of friends to my home, some of my larger group of friends are included, and some are not. When I have a pizza delivered, I choose one restaurant and eliminate the other options. When I hire a new staff member, I hire one person and reject the other applicants. When I board the subway, I choose to sit in the seat next to one person over a seat next to another person. When we say that a person has 'discriminating taste,' it signifies a good quality - that she has sophisticated style.
If we did not have the right to make these discriminating choices (which always result in some kind of exclusion), we would be the victims of force or coercion."
Even the great professor of economics at George Mason University, Walter E. Williams, writes in his article, which I recommend reading in its entirety, titled The Right To Discriminate:
"Should people have the right to discriminate by race, sex, religion and other attributes? In a free society, I say yes. Let's look at it. When I was selecting a marriage partner, I systematically discriminated against white women, Asian women and women of other ethnicities that I found less preferable. The Nation of Islam discriminates against white members. The Aryan Brotherhood discriminates against having black members. The Ku Klux Klan discriminates against having Catholic and Jewish members. The NFL discriminates against hiring female quarterbacks. The NAACP National Board of Directors, at least according to the photo on their Web page, has no white members."
Friends, discrimination is a part of freedom. UPS is discriminating in this matter over a religious conviction. Don't be fooled by their pietistic attitude that they are somehow "above it all." They are not. They are exercising a right. However, so are the Boy Scouts. The only difference between them is that the Boy Scouts are being discriminated against in order to apply pressure on them for seeking to raise up moral, upstanding, young men in our society, whereas UPS is using theirs to help advance a militant homosexual agenda.
One would be utterly foolish to think that placing openly homosexuals in with a group of impressionable, young men would not result in them taking advantage of those boys. Yet, it seems that is UPS' position. They have that right to disassociate themselves from the Boy Scouts. However, they should be shown to be the cowards they are in doing so, rather than making it appear that the Boy Scouts of America are somehow doing something wrong by exercising the same rights of discrimination to keep young men safe from the influence of sexual perverts (I refuse to say that their choices are "sexual orientation.")
I'll also call upon American individuals and businesses at this point. If you agree that you have a First Amendment right to discriminate, and you support the Boy Scouts of America in their stand against homosexuality, then I would ask that you look to support them and second that if you ship in the future, especially with it this close to Christmas that you call up your UPS representative and tell them you will be exercising your right to discriminate by choosing another carrier for your gifts and products. After all, there is a way to apply pressure to companies who want to politicize the perversion of homosexuality and that is by appealing to their pocketbooks and supporting what is right.
UPDATE: If you wish to let UPS know your dissatisfaction with their discrimination in the same manner that the militant homosexuals express themselves to the company, you can find contact information at their website here.
Additionaly, I have been informed that if you really want to hold UPS to the fire here, flood the office of the CEO with snail mail. His address is:
Scott Davis, CEO UPS World Headquarters 55 Glenlake Pkway NE Atlanta, GA 30328
Be sure to spread the word via Facebook and Twitter and I'm sure they will get the message loud and clear.