Monday, August 06, 2012

Amway CEO Doug DeVos Gives $500,000 National Organization for Marriage NOM

Through tax records, its been revealed that in 2009, Amway CEO President Doug DeVos donated $500,000 of his own money (through the group Douglas and Maria Devos Foundationto the National Organization for Marriage, or NOM. According to this site, the Douglas and Maria Devos Foundation donation is the largest in the National Organization for Marriage's history. 

This group NOM does not like the thought of gay marriage. They have a page where you can say thank you to Chik-Fi-A. They also have a boycott on Starbucks because it "has declared a culture war on all people of faith (and millions of others) who believe that the institution of marriage as one man and one woman is worth preserving." 

Due to the DeVos donation, Amway is being boycotted: BoycottAmway.com. You can ask your Mom to join in.
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20 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't think it's worth boycotting every company that has a different opinion than your own. This country was built on different points of view.

Mark Baratelli said...

Folks have a right to believe what they believe and support the entities they wish to give money to. And folks have a right to boycott those companies. And folks have a right to ignore it all. Yay America.

Anonymous said...

Mark - That borders on a cliche answer. But don't you think it's slightly hypocritical to practice boycotting when that's exactly what extreme right wingers are known to do?

Milton DeGrote said...

So now Orlando is indirectly supporting this crap, with our great big Amway center downtown. This is shameful and yet another reason we shouldn't have built the arena or let the DeVos family run things around here. Take their stinking NBA franchise and go to Mississippi where their "values" will be welcomed.

Milton DeGrote said...

To Anonymous, yes, this country was built on different points of view, including "black people are 2/3 of a human", "the godless red skins should be destroyed so we can have their land", "women shouldn't be able to vote", etc...

Having a history of "different points of view" is not inherently good, particularly when the points of view can clearly be so stupid. The anti-gay rhetoric will soon be seen as clearly misguided and as backwards an idea as segregation.

Anonymous said...

Milton, you really swung for the fences with your examples. I don't think that having different views on gay marriage is in the same league as slavery. But hey, that's just me.

Milton DeGrote said...

My point is that with time we will see those with anti-gay-marriage agendas as absurd as those who once held other anti-rights point of views for different minorities. Perhaps had you lived in the time of slavery, you wouldn't have minded a thoughtful discussion on the differing points of view of humans owning humans? The idea likely (and rightly) sounds preposterous.

How is banning gay marriage and the rights therein not unlike denying other minorities from rights enjoyed by the majority, like voting or owning land? Or denying interracial couples the right to wed?

Anonymous said...

Milton, we were talking about boycotting Amway.

Milton DeGrote said...

Yes, for their owner's abundant support of an organization that opposes human rights.

Kellan said...

I'm with Milton on this one. This rhetoric about opinion is just a bunch of smoke and mirrors to the main point of this debate. The point being, a company (Amway and/or Chick-fil-a) is giving money to a hate group that promotes bigotry and belittlement of a certain type of persons. This hate group is trying to prevent people from basic civil liberties...i.e. marriage. In other words, they do not want to see everyone on an equal playing field. When said company gives hundreds of thousands of dollars to said hate group, we as the capitalistic society we are, have every right to boycott said business.

Anonymous said...

Kellan,

I wouldn't call a Hindu organization that promotes traditional marriage a "hate" group necessarily. They are simply following what their traditional religious beliefs state (and not cherry picking).

Just because you don't believe in same-sex marriage, doesn't mean you're a hateful person. It just means that you follow what the bible says.

Kellan said...

Love the game of semantics!! Call it what you like, I'd still say it's hate/bigotry/fear/prejudice that drives people to donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to oppress a certain sector of the population.

Milton DeGrote said...

It means you follow some of what the bible says. The same book of the bible (Leviticus) also bans tattoos, rounded haircuts, consulting psychics, gossiping and eating shellfish and some other seafood. Perhaps we should legally ban those things, write into the Florida constitution that a meal is defined as NOT containing shrimp or lobster or that tattoos are an abomination under the lord and therefore illegal.

Anonymous said...

Here comes Milton with the analogies

Milton DeGrote said...

Here comes Peter Cottontail hopping down the bunny trail.

What is that supposed to mean?

Wendy said...
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Charles Shine said...

I'll reserve comment until those who are protesting AMWAY and Chick-fil-a stop using petroleum and other petroleum based products sourced from the Middle East. In case you forgot, OPEC's leaders execute homosexuals.

Milton DeGrote said...

And the execute women who are raped and men who steal too much and people who drive drunk. They are bad in so many different ways.

Charles - Are we prohibited from objecting to bad treatment (which we can influence) when there is worse treatment (which we can't do a thing about)?

Anonymous said...

Eventually we'll boycott water parks that frown on transgenders from using appropriate bathrooms.

Milton DeGrote said...

Anonymous - what are the rules on people who are transgendered using bathrooms?