Did the boycott against Home Depot’s gay activism work?


In response, a number of people opposed to the radical gay agenda chose to boycott Home Depot.

I just received this encouraging email from the American Family Association, one of the sponsors of the boycott:

…I’m glad to report to you that we are suspending the boycott of Home Depot. After monitoring the company for several months, AFA is satisfied the company has withdrawn its major financial contributions to gay activist groups and events.

I truly believe this is a direct result of your willingness to become involved. In fact, more than 750,000 people signed the Boycott Home Depot Pledge.

Although Home Depot has made changes, we will continue to monitor their behavior. We suspect Home Depot will publicly deny having made changes, but their actions speak louder than words…

I don’t personally recall signing any pledge, but hey, no problem.  I’ll help however I can.  In the case of Home Depot it was easy anyway, since I haven’t gone there for years, ever since they made advanced dementia a job requirement for their employees.  Real nice folks – don’t get me wrong.  But every person I ever asked for help seemed like they had just escaped from Shady Acres and wandered into a nice orange apron.  More staring, more looking confused.  That’s the power of Nursing Home Depot.

Anyway, the boycott.  I’m not opposed to boycotting as a matter of principle, withholding your hard-earned dollars from businesses who take positions you find objectionable as a gesture of defiance – “You won’t get my money, not so long as you support x, y, or z!”

That said, I’m not convinced that boycotts like this, even the big organized ones, really have much economic impact on the target of the boycott.  I certainly haven’t received a call yet from Starbucks begging for mercy.

Did the boycott against Home Depot work?  Maybe.  As noted by the AFA, Home Depot will almost certainly deny that they were influenced by the boycott.

Who knows?  Maybe they’ll claim they were the victim of gay conversion therapy.

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John White lives in the Chicago area with his wife and seven children.

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