Tim Drake is an award-winning writer and former journalist and radio host with the National Catholic Register/EWTN. He currently serves as New Evangelization Coordinator for the Holdingford Area Catholic Community in the Diocese of St. Cloud, Minnesota. He resides with his wife and five children in St. Joseph, Minn.
There are a great many folks who like to talk about the evils of corporations, but what about corporations that support immoral activities in opposition to the common good? Take Target and Starbucks as just two recent examples.
Last week, Target announced that they are donating $120,000 - through the sale of their "Pride" clothing line - to the Family Equality Council, an organization that advocates for same-sex unions and is seeking the defeat of Minnesota's Marriage Amendment.
Looking deeper, the connections are further problematic. Take a look at the University of St. Thomas' Board of Trustees and you'll find that a Target executive sits on the board of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis' prime Catholic university. It makes no sense. A Catholic university board member is an executive from a corporation which through its donations is actively seeking the defeat of the Minnesota Marriage Amendment, the very amendment which the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Archbishop have spent so much time and money to support.
To the best of my knowledge, no organized boycott has yet taken shape.
Then there's Starbucks. Starbucks has taken a corporate-wide position supporting same-sex unions. In January, Starbucks released a statement of their support for so-called Same-sex marriage, going as far as saying that the redefinition of marriage is one of their "core" values.
Starbucks also used its resources to participate in a legal case seeking to overturn a federal law declaring marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
In response, the National Organization for Marriage has unveiled their DumpStarbucks.com campaign. Those who feel so inclined, can donate to their cause or sign their petition here. 42,000 have already signed the petition.
Marriage between one man and one woman is worth preserving. As consumers, we can choose where to spend our hard-earned dollars. For years, our family chose not to shop at Target because of their support of Planned Parenthood. When they stopped supporting Planned Parenthood, we were delighted to be able to give them our business. It looks like it's again time to take our dollars elsewhere and to let these corporations know why.