Amazon is being pressured by a progressive group to ban a host of Christian organizations from their Amazon Smile program – a feature that lets shoppers donate to charities as they shop online – on account of their anti-LGBT positions.
Amazon Smile, whose slogan is “Experience feel-good shopping,” allows customers to choose from over one million charities to receive a small portion of their purchase, with Amazon donating 0.5 percent of the price of eligible purchases to these groups.
However, Open Democracy, the zealots leading the charge, contend that this must be banned posthaste, writing in their exposé:
Amazon Smile’s Participation Agreement clearly states that eligible charities cannot “engage in, support, encourage, or promote: intolerance, discrimination, or discriminatory practices based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, or age…”
They explain that there are a plethora of Christian groups publicly opposing LGBT rights and equality, giving a few examples of hateful speech and why Amazon should remove them from their platform:
- threatened staff members with immediate, “involuntary termination” if they are found to personally express support for same-sex marriage equality
- intervened in numerous court cases in the US and internationally opposing same-sex marriage, adoption, and anti-discrimination law
- claimed homosexuality “opens the door to the demonic realm” and legalizing same-sex marriage “enforces” a “demonically driven, immoral agenda”
- described COVID-19 as “the consequential wrath of God” and punishment for sins including society’s “proclivity toward lesbianism and homosexuality”
Among the groups specifically listed are the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Focus on the Family, and Alliance defense fund.
While Open Democracy does not give its full dossier of charities under fire, which is surely just round one of a massive culling, other notable examples might be the International Missions Board, Compassion, Ligonier, and be Paul Washer’s Heartcry Missionary Society.
There has been no response from Amazon at this time.
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