Thursday, January 8, 2009

AFA Takes On Pepsi

Pepsi upsets the American Family Association (AFA). The saga begins with Pepsi donating $500,000 to Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. AFA counters with the following letter:
Recently we noticed that PepsiCo gave a $500,000 donation to Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. We were indeed surprised by PepsiCo’s support of the homosexual group. It would appear to us that PepsiCo would not involve itself in a political and culture war, especially supporting an organization seeking to redefine marriage and family.

We ask PepsiCo to remain neutral in this culture war, neither supporting nor opposing the homosexual agenda.

We would like to discuss this matter with PepsiCo. Would you have a representative of PepsiCo contact us?

Pepsi then put the AFA in their place with their response:

I’m responding to your letter to our Chairman. In 2008, the PepsiCo Foundation awarded a grant to Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays to support a national program specifically designed for workplace environments.

The initiative seeks to promote further understanding and equality in the places where people spend much of their time at work.

Among the values promoted by the PepsiCo Foundation is ensuring a work environment that is respectful and where associates are valued for their contributions. I hope this helps clarify this grant by the PepsiCo Foundation.

Now the AFA is asking their sheep herds to boycott Pepsi as well as call Pepsi to inform them of their decision. I sure hope that Pepsi is just having them leave a message so they don't have to really listen to the hoards of religious anti-gay nuts.

We all know that the AFA really doesn't want Pepsi to remain neutral in this cultural war that they are constantly fueling, but if they said that then their true bigot stripes would show. I also like how the AFA called this a "condescending letter" nothing that Pepsi said was condescending they just supported their position and stood up the the AFA.