Skip to comments.Leading gay rights activist declares boycott on Amway for donation to anti-gay marriage group
Posted on 08/04/2012 7:11:58 AM PDT by scottjewell
UPDATE:> Amway makes no apologies for president Doug DeVos' 'private gift' to anti-gay marriage group
ADA, MI - A leading national gay rights activist announced he is launching on Amway boycott three years after the direct selling giant's president donated $500,000 to a conservative group that has worked to ban gay marriage.
LGBT rights activist Fred Karger says he is officially announcing the boycott of the Ada-based company and other DeVos family businesses including the Orlando Magic basketball team during a press conference this afternoon in Las Vegas.
Karger says he has obtained tax records that show Doug DeVos gave $500,000 to the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) Education Fund through his Douglas & Maria DeVos Foundation.
Karger called the gift "largest family donation to NOM in its history. Only the Catholic Churchs political arm the Knights of Columbus has given more to the Hate Group NOM.
The donation appears to have been made in 2009.
Fueled with large donations from the Catholic and the Mormon churches, the organization campaigned for Proposition 8 in California, a constitutional amendment to prohibit same sex marriage. The organizations supports similar efforts in other states.
"With four crucial gay marriage elections coming up on November 6 we feel that an Amway Boycott will send a message to Amway owners and other potential mega-donors that if you plan to give lots of money to anti-LGBT organizations like NOM or directly to the November anti-gay marriage campaigns we may well take action against you, Karger said in a statement.
1. Gays said all they wanted was to be left alone, free to make their own choices in an atmosphere of tolerance. Now if you don't support full marriage equality you are attacked.
2. They also said they would be glad to have civil unions. Now nothing but FULL marriage EQUALITY will do. Even the National Organization for Marriage which supports civl unions is listed as a "Hate Group".
Not to mention how threatening and aggressive and blatantly divisive and disrespectful their tactics have become!
“With four crucial gay marriage elections coming up on November 6 we feel that an Amway Boycott will send a message to Amway owners and other potential mega-donors that if you plan to give lots of money to anti-LGBT organizations like NOM or directly to the November anti-gay marriage campaigns we may well take action against you, Karger said in a statement.”
Three years response time to the actions of the chief executive of Amway?
Seems like this is somebody who bottles up and sits on resentments until finally it bursts forth.
There is something close to psychotic about that.
Damn...I guess I’m gona have to have one of those damn parties now!!!
How the heck does someone get a private citizen’s tax returns? I’d like to get my hands on the tax returns of George Soros, Al Gore, Bill Maher and the other slimeballs.
Is there any doubt that we are smack dab in the middle of CIVIL WAR?
Does Amway sell chicken?
Strike while the iron is hot.
This nasty bastich probably has stock in Amway and wants to see the profits go up...because if this has legs, that is exactly what will happen.
They most likely got the records of NOM showing their donors.
Yes, it is all about petty resentment and stewing.
This whole thing with Chick-Fil-A, Amway, and NOM, only came about because THEY have greedily demanded full marriage equality instead of stopping at civil unions as would have been the just and noble thing to do.
They believe that by equating the gay agenda with the black civil rights movement of the ‘50s and 60s, they are sure to win -—and that decades from now, all of us will look as stupid as those who were with the KKK back then. HOWEVER they are forgetting that their movement is vastly different, and that forces are at work (proven on Wed Aug 1 20120) which can and will reverse them.
Rich DeVos needs to tell Mr. Gay-Rights-Activist that he’ll donate to gay rights causes when HE donates to Christian, traditional family values causes.
Freddie Karger.....isn't he that "Nightmare on Elm Street" horror monster......oh, wait, that's Freddie Krueger.
An example of why Wiki can never be used as a reliable source of info on anything remotely controversial (like being conservative)
Just how in the hell would you boycott Amway? Their products are not sold in stores, they don’t even have stores to boycott. Would you get a list of Amway distributors and terrorize their neighborhood? Go after people who have Amway products in their homes? Kick down doors to see if you have any Amway under your kitchen sink or in your laundry room?
One of the sinister projects undertaken by the Devos family in Grand Rapids.
The Grand Rapids LipDub (NEW WORLD RECORD)
OH THE HUMANITY!!!!!!!!!
To the contrary, this is 'research' for 'protests' and eventual pay offs. Much the same tactics Jessie Jackass uses.
Question, how did he obtain private tax records? It is my understanding private tax information is not made public.
There are so few of them per capita that when they announce a boycott, no one notices .... so now they file civil rights complaints, show up at the business (that has the temerity to support life, family and God) and burst into flames, get sympathetic “Haters!” articles written in the AP, Reuters, blogs, etc., and lobby their man in the White House.
Yep, they don’t want tolerance. They want it all: They want to turn the institution of marriage on its ear. As events this past week have shown, it ain’t gonna happen.
Yes, I believe Wed. Aug 1 was an alarm sounding , that this gay marriage thing has gone far enough, and we need to turn it back.
I had no idea that Amway was still around. I thought that they folded sometime in the 80’s.
(shameless plug) Amway IS still around and has great products that are delivered to your door (UPS). My recently graduated from college son (who does have a full time job in his major) started selling the products to kids in his college apt building and the supplements/alkaline waters to those in the sports programs. He did a nice supplemental income. He stills sells (and we buy Amway) and he keeps telling to get my own IBO and “buy from myself.”
The more I hear of the values of the higher ups, the more I am inclined to do so:)
....no party needed. Just look up the local Amway dealer and place a order. Hubby has always used their SA8 laundry detergent to scrub cement walkways! lol
still alive and kickin’.
Let them boycott away. I no longer shop at JC Penney or Target. Funny, though, how the homos get all this press on their boycotts, the “news” media ignore the boycotts of normal people.
Why is NOM a ‘hate group’? Karger can schlong anyone he wants to (and I bet he does plenty). He can even go to psycho states like CT, MA or NY to pretend he is “married”. Knock yourself out. But why is it “hate” if other states don’t wish to follow their lead and allow this absurdity?
No, they are still around... only now they don't call themselves Amway when they are trying to recruit. Two of my coworkers are really into it. It is as annoying as ever, but at least both of them are anti-Obama.
I don't really understand what they are doing or why they think that they will be successful at it... they both claim that they are running small businesses, yet they don't actually produce anything or perform any worthwhile services. They aren't even really pushing Amway products... they want you to buy stuff from Big Box retailers through them so that they get a cut... only you don't get the sale prices that you normally would... so there is no incentive for the buyer. We have been round and round on this, but their Amway handlers have played some sort of mind games on them and they can't see through the fog.
Call me a pessimist, but here’s what I see happening. The next step is to boycott and/or sue churches for not performing gay “marriages”, pastors who refuse, and businesses such as Christian bookstores. The ultimate target isn’t gay rights but outright persecution of Christians. Where does it end? I don’t think it does. Individuals could be sued for their beliefs by neighbors/co-workers/anyone who claims they have been discriminated against or that they once heard the person say something “hateful”.
Officially Alticor now.
Could there be employees of the IRS who leak tax information to outsiders, for a price?
I have heard that there are layers of security in the IRS, and that the IRS terminates people who sneak a peak at tax returns of prominent people, which may have happened here.
But, suppose someone took one for the team, in order to get the information?
Or, could there be gay friendly employees of the CPA firms which prepared the tax returns???
The bottom line is, for these homosexual organizations, that nothing else matters besides homosexual marriage and the homosexual agenda. So if these tax returns were obtained illegally, that’s okay, because it’s for the cause.
Some gay activists in Canada have more or less made filing grievances a cottage industry and have made quite a bit of money. They file their complaint with the so-called Human Rights Commission, demand compensation, and get it.
Do not allow juvenile bully's to dominate the language.
We are in a war and we'd best arm ourselves with the truth and stiffen our spines to stand up and defend traditional marriage NOW lest it be lost forever.
You have that right, well said. And it is now or never.
Time for donations to NOM, and AMWAY does have great products.
I’m with you.
Yes. Just like with the human rights discrimination charges brought against CFA in Illinois: They are looking to be bank-rolled for their “pain”. In a class action suit, they could get mega millions. Robbers.
Privately held company. Rock ribbed conservative since 1959.
Alticor is the holding company, but the brand is still (or once again after the quixtar hiatus) Amway. Core line (produced by Amway) products are terrific and a good value. We built actively for about 5 years and still receive checks 15 years later. Just a distribution channel, nothing more or less. Some stuff good, some great, some not so good, just like at your local market. Amway, however, feels no need to hire PC compliance execs to pander to the left. Conservative, tolerant, thru and thru.
I have no interest in the products. I just know that the DeVos family are pretty good folks who do a lot of good with their own money in Michigan and Grand Rapids.
The Devos family were the primary source of funding for the Grand Rapids promotional video I posted upthread. In fact, I believe Dick DeVos appears at the 4 minute mark.
Solid citizens indeed.
Good one. I’m still waiting for the homosexualist activist crowd to start boycotting gasoline since so much of the world’s oil comes from Islamic nations where they kill them.
They have done a lot of good with their money - built hospitals in Grand Rapids, built cultural centers, and brought business to GR. Not that anyone is obligated to donate their money to causes. This family has been very generous and GR and surrounding areas have benefited greatly from their philanthropy. The VanAndels, partner to DeVos as well. And the Meijer family has contributed as well.
ha, no doubt