This past summer, Boy Scouts of America announced that they plan to maintain their ban on allowing homosexual Scout leaders. They cited the principles that the organization has maintained for over 100 years as being the reason for their decision and that official policy states:
“While the B.S.A. 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 B.S.A.”
In response to the Boy Scouts’ stand on traditional values, United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) just announced that they will no longer support the Scouts and will cut all funding from them. In 2010, they donated $150,000 to the Boy Scouts. UPS joined with the Intel Corp in pulling their funding from BSA.
Two can play that game.
For the past 11 years, UPS has been the official carrier for the Family Research Council. However, due to UPS reactions to the Boy Scouts, FRC suspended their contract with UPS and will give their business to another carrier.
Before canceling their contract, FRC tried to resolve their differences with UPS by sending a letter to Scott David, Chairman and DEO of UPS. However the letter response that FRC received reaffirmed UPS position that until the Boy Scouts place greater priority on the political agenda of LGBT activists that the Boy Scouts are not entitled to save equality that UPS says they endorse. In other words, until the Boy Scouts lower their standards to those of the secular world, UPS will not support them in any way. Therefore, the Family Research Council felt they had no alternative but to end their contract with UPS.
Since UPS caved into the demands of Change.org, who launched the anti-Boy Scout campaign to begin with, it’s only fair that FRC respond to UPS in the same way UPS responded to the Boy Scouts. I know that ever since UPS pulled their support from the Boy Scouts, I refuse to use UPS or purchase from anyone on line who ships UPS. I’d like to see everyone who supports the Boy Scouts stop using UPS or buy from companies that ship via UPS. If both UPS and their customers start losing business because of this, they just might think twice about their stand. UPS caved into pressure once, let’s hope they’ll do so again.