May 20th, 2010
Peter LaBarbera is back to jousting at windmills. He’s decided to enact a one-man boycott on all businesses which value their gay employees or customers.
His first quest is Progressive Insurance and he’s found a Sancho Panza to help him. Jamil J. Adair of Horizon City, Texas, has canceled his insurance policy with Progressive.
You can read his entire rant on The Peter’s site, but here’s the amusing part:
Progressive Insurance: It may appear that I am merely one man … but my message resonates within the hearts and minds of millions, upon millions, of Americans who firmly believe what I believe. For every ONE GLBT member that you support, there are FOUR HUNDRED more of us, standing together, in opposition. I have passed this information to every member of my family, church group, and contact list. You will be receiving many more cancellation letters shortly. [emphasis in the original]
Four hundred to one. WOW!
And considering that there are a lot of folks who support gay rights and even more who would not use a company’s pro-gay positions as a reason to pay more for insurance, that’s quite a statement. What kind of crazy bigot-world do Adair and The Peter think they live in?
Do they really think that gays only make up less than one quarter of one percent of the population? Or is this just another example of the magic math that they teach in home schooling and evangelical private schools?
Oh, and one more thought… if you set out to publicly denounce a business because you don’t like their policies on gay issues, you may want to consider that folks may use the same criteria to judge you. Which, I suppose, means that Mr. Adair is perfectly fine with any loss of business he may suffer for his ideology.
Which is why I would recommend that those who are looking to change their insurance policy may want to consider Progressive. And that those who are responsible for making decisions about pay point or ATM machinery for their business may wish to avoid Merchants First Choice.
UPDATE: To make it clear, Mr. Adair is the President and CEO of Merchants First Choice.
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