Family Research Abandons UPS Over Stand Against Boy Scouts

Back in November, United Parcel Service (UPS) came out against the Boy Scouts’ discrimination against homosexuals. Apparently UPS has not recognized that people will respond, not only with their phone calls and emails to the push to normalize homosexuality, but they will inevitably make their voices heard with their pocketbooks. One such organization is the Family Research Council (FRC). After 11 years as its official carrier the FRC is suspending its contract with UPS for their open discrimination against the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).

As I wrote previously, both UPS and BSA have the right to discriminate under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, just like any individual, but there are consequences for discrimination.

BSA has maintained it’s principles for over 100 years and these principles are found in their official policy, which UPS cited in their own discrimination and pulling of funds from the Boy Scouts:

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“While the BSA does not proactively inquire about the sexual orientation of employees, volunteers, or members, we do not grant membership to individuals who are open or avowed homosexuals or who engage in behavior that would become a distraction to the mission of the BSA.”

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In addition, the Scouts’ policy goes on to say where discussion of “sexual orientation” is to be dealt with. The policy states: “Scouting believes same-sex attraction should be introduced and discussed outside of its program with parents, caregivers, or spiritual advisers, at the appropriate time and in the right setting. The vast majority of parents we serve value this right and do not sign their children up for Scouting for it to introduce or discuss, in any way, these topics.”

President of the Family Research Council Tony Perkins wrote a letter to UPS Chairman and Chief Executive Officer D. Scott Davis to urge him to reconsider the new policy adopted by The UPS Foundation that denies BSA from being eligible from any future donations.

He went on to write that no adequate explanation has been given by the organization for the reversal of its position. Perkins went on to ask, “Is UPS no longer interested in supporting youth development?” He quoted UPS spokesperson Kristen Petrella “[a] large number of UPS employees were involved with the Boy Scouts in their youth and some of them continue to serve as scout leaders today.” He then asked, “Does the reversal of your position mean that UPS no longer “believes in supporting organizations with which its employees are involved?”

Nothing has changed with the Boy Scouts, but things have most definitely changed with UPS.

Perkins also pointed out their hypocrisy in the matter. He wrote:

“The revised statement posted on your website states, ‘UPS and The UPS Foundation do not discriminate against any person or organization with regard to categories protected by applicable law…’ It would have been more prudent for the statement to stop there. Neither the federal government nor your corporation’s home state of Georgia treat ‘sexual orientation’ or ‘gender identity’ as protected categories under employment or public accommodation laws.”

The letter continued and finally concluded with an ultimatum. “We would be happy to discuss this with you privately in the coming days. However, if there is no satisfactory resolution of this issue by December 4,2012, we reserve the right to go public with our concerns, and to urge the millions of Americans who share our commitment to traditional values of faith, family, and freedom to reconsider their purchasing decisions as well,” Perkins concluded. He then exhorted the Mr. Davis by stating that “it would be a testimony to your commitment to bite
diversity if you were to continue supporting the valuable youth development work of the Boy Scouts of America.”

UPS promptly replied by simply reiterating “its position that until the BSA puts a greater priority on the political agenda of LGBT activists than the protection of Scouts, they are not entitled to the same equality UPS claims to endorse.”

So FRC becomes one of many shippers that previously had used the services of UPS, but now will be taking their business elsewhere. FRC wrote, “If UPS wants to cater to the intolerant crowd, that’s their business. But from now on, it won’t be ours. FRC is taking its shipping needs elsewhere.”

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