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The Ethics of Boycotts

My last post has prompted a discussion of the National Organization of Marriage’s boycotts of corporations that have formally endorsed gay marriage. I stepped off the NOM leadership team several years ago, just so people know, so I don’t feel the responsibility to defend every act that NOM undertakes.

But here’s what I believe about boycotts:

It’s fair to boycott a corporation as a corporation for something that corporation does as a corporation.

I think it’s unfair, destructive, and wicked to boycott a whole corporation because of the personal beliefs of one member of that corporation. 

I think its repellent to boycott or blacklist an artist because of his personal views. It’s the heart of McCarthyism to me.

That said, people are free to buy tickets or not if they feel differently.


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