Monday, September 26, 2005

Voting With Your Wallet

Those of you familiar with our posts know that we are no friend to many liberal policies. However, we not only rant about them, we also support, or refuse to support, companies that promote certain sets of policies or lifestyles. Heinz products, for example, are no longer found in our household. It isn’t a matter of product preference, I assure you –Heinz ketchup and their Worcestershire sauce were favorites of ours. However, we have no desire to support John Kerry, Theresa Heinz Kerry, or virtually any of their causes.

Case in point: The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, a pro-homosexual organization, has released a list of companies scoring a perfect 100% on its “Gay Friendly” index. As a family opposed to “gay-friendly” policies, legislation, practices, etc., this list is a good thing because we now know which companies we should not support.

For your convenience, here is the list of top offenders:

1) Aetna
2) Agilent Technologies
3) Alston & Bird
4) American Airlines
5) American Express
6) Apple Computer
7) AT&T
8) Avaya
9) Bausch & Lomb
10) Best Buy
11) Borders Group
12) BP America
13) California State Automobile Association
14) Capital One Financial
15) Cargill
16) Charles Schwab
17) Chevron
18) ChoicePoint
19) Chubb
20) Cisco Systems
21) Citigroup
22) CMP Media
23) Corning
24) Credit Suisse First Boston
25) Cummins
26) Daimler Chrysler
27) Dell
28) Deutsche Bank
29) Dominion Resources
30) Dow Chemical
31) Eastman Kodak
32) Ernst & Young
33) Estee Lauder Companies
34) Faegre & Benson
35) Ford Motor Co.
36) Freescale Semiconductor
37) Gap Inc.
38) General Mills
39) GlaxoSmithKline
40) Global Hyatt
41) Goldman Sachs Group
42) Hewlett-Packard
43) Intel
44) IBM
45) Intuit
46) J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
47) Jenner & Block
48) Johnson & Johnson
49) Kaiser Permanente
50) Keyspan
51) Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group
52) KPMG
53) Kraft Foods
54) Lehman Brothers Holdings
55) Levi Strauss & Co.
56) Lexmark International
57) Lincoln National
58) Lucent Technologies
59) Mellon Financial
60) Merrill Lynch
61) MetLife
62) Microsoft
63) Miller Brewing
64) Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams
65) Molson Coors Brewing
66) Morrison & Foerster
67) Motorola
68) Nationwide
69) NCR Corp.
70) New York Times Co.
71) Nike
72) Nordstrom
73) Northern Trust
74) The Olivia Companies
75) Owens Corning
76) Pepsico
77) Pfizer
78) PG&E
79) Prudential Financial
80) Raytheon
81) Replacements
82) SBC Communications
83) SC Johnson & Son
84) Sears, Roebuck and Co.
85) Southern California Edison
86) Sprint
87) Sun Microsystems
88) SunTrust Banks
89) Tech Data Corp.
90) Toyota
91) UBS
92) Unisys
93) US Airways
94) Viacom
95) Walgreens
96) Washington Mutual
97) Wells Fargo
98) Whirlpool
99) Worldspan Technologies
100) Wyndham International
101) Xerox

On the other hand, these companies scored very low on the gay friendly index:

1) Alltel
2) Aquila
3) Archer Daniels Midland
4) Bayer
5) Circuit City
6) Cracker Barrel
7) Emerson Electric
8) ExxonMobil
9) H.J. Heinz
10) Hormel Foods
11) May Department Stores
12) Maytag
13) MBNA
14) Nestle Purina PetCare
15) Newell Rubbermaid
16) Nissan
17) Perot Systems
18) Radio Shack
19) Rite Aid
20) Rohm & Haas

The disparity in numbers of homosexual-friendly companies vs. non-homosexual-friendly companies indicates how increasingly difficult it is to put one’s beliefs into practice and still function in this world. It reminds me of a bumper sticker I’ve seen: “Work for God. The pay is low but the retirement benefits are out of this world.”

10 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh no! Hienz is on the good-for-being-bad-to-gays list, and the "I don't like the founder's decendant's spouce's policies" list. What to do, what to do?

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