Company That Broke With Boy Scouts Loses a Conservative Customer

Susan Jones | December 12, 2012 | 6:52am EST
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The Family Research Council is ending its 11-year business relationship with shipping giant UPS for openly discriminating against the Boy Scouts of America. (AP Photo)

( - A conservative advocacy group is ending its 11-year business relationship with shipping giant UPS for openly discriminating against the Boy Scouts of America.

"In this busy shipping season, UPS will have at least one less customer to worry about," the Family Research Council announced on Tuesday. "If UPS wants to cater to the intolerant crowd, that's their business. But from now on, it won't be ours. FRC is taking its shipping needs elsewhere."

In November, UPS executives said the company's philanthropic arm would no longer support organizations that don't adhere to UPS' own "professional conduct and anti-harrassment policy," which bars discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, among other things.

UPS said it would stop its charitable donations to the Scouts until the organization allows homosexuals to serve as scout leaders.

UPS reportedly excluded the Boy Scouts of America in response to a petition drive launched on a liberal website: "But in the end, the 83,000 signatures it collected is a drop in the ocean compared to the 1,074,775 Americans who volunteered with a troop last year -- or the 2.7 million boys who were actual members of the Boy Scouts," FRC said, adding that UPS showed the "greatest contempt" for the "overwhelming majority."

FRC said it tried to resolve the matter behind the scenes by sending a letter of protest to UPS Chairman Scott Davis. "Unfortunately, the company only reiterated its position that until the BSA puts a greater priority on the political agenda of LGBT activists than the protection of Scouts, they are not entitled to the same equality UPS claims to endorse."

FRC says UPS isn't interested in "true diversity," but rather in "strong-arming" anyone who disagrees with their "extreme agenda."  As for the Boy Scouts, FRC says their only crime is "instilling character into millions of American boys" and "putting children's safety first."

"Meanwhile, it seems UPS is not only anti-freedom, but anti-religion as well," FRC said.

Earlier this month, the federal government sued UPS for firing a Jehovah's Witness driver over a scheduling request. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says the company violated federal anti-discrimination law when it refused to modify the employee's hours so that he could attend a special church service.

"When the employee refused to compromise his religious beliefs and attended instead of reporting for work, UPS fired him," EEOC said in a news release.
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