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Leading gay rights activist declares boycott on Amway for donation to anti-gay marriage group
Michigan Live ^ | Aug 3 2012 | Shandra Martinez

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 Church’s 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.


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Two points of hypocrisy:

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".

1 posted on 08/04/2012 7:12:10 AM PDT by scottjewell
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To: scottjewell

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.”


2 posted on 08/04/2012 7:16:28 AM PDT by scottjewell
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To: scottjewell

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.


3 posted on 08/04/2012 7:20:41 AM PDT by alloysteel (Voter suppression is needed now more than ever. Only, whom shall be suppressed?)
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To: scottjewell

Damn...I guess I’m gona have to have one of those damn parties now!!!


4 posted on 08/04/2012 7:21:46 AM PDT by ontap
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To: scottjewell

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.


5 posted on 08/04/2012 7:22:58 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: scottjewell

Is there any doubt that we are smack dab in the middle of CIVIL WAR?


6 posted on 08/04/2012 7:23:15 AM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
Don't tell the liberals but the brother in law of former Michigan Gubernatorial candidate Dick Devos is the brother of the guy who founded Blackwater. LOL

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7 posted on 08/04/2012 7:23:29 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: scottjewell

Does Amway sell chicken?

8 posted on 08/04/2012 7:24:21 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: alloysteel
Three years response time to the actions of the chief executive of Amway?

Strike while the iron is hot.


9 posted on 08/04/2012 7:25:48 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (FUMR)
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To: alloysteel

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.


10 posted on 08/04/2012 7:27:30 AM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: NTHockey

They most likely got the records of NOM showing their donors.


11 posted on 08/04/2012 7:30:48 AM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: alloysteel

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.


12 posted on 08/04/2012 7:38:35 AM PDT by scottjewell
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To: scottjewell

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.


13 posted on 08/04/2012 7:41:19 AM PDT by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: scottjewell; mickie
"LGBT rights activist, Freddie Karger....."

Freddie Karger.....isn't he that "Nightmare on Elm Street" horror monster......oh, wait, that's Freddie Krueger.

Same difference.

Leni

14 posted on 08/04/2012 7:43:34 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: FrdmLvr

An example of why Wiki can never be used as a reliable source of info on anything remotely controversial (like being conservative)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_DeVos


15 posted on 08/04/2012 7:44:19 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: MinuteGal

Ha ;-)


16 posted on 08/04/2012 7:45:02 AM PDT by scottjewell
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To: FrdmLvr

EXACTLY.


17 posted on 08/04/2012 7:45:51 AM PDT by scottjewell
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To: scottjewell
Leading Child Rapist Rights activist declares boycott on Amway for donation to anti-gay marriage group
18 posted on 08/04/2012 7:46:09 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: scottjewell

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?


19 posted on 08/04/2012 7:47:21 AM PDT by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: scottjewell

One of the sinister projects undertaken by the Devos family in Grand Rapids.

The Grand Rapids LipDub (NEW WORLD RECORD)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPjjZCO67WI

OH THE HUMANITY!!!!!!!!!


20 posted on 08/04/2012 7:50:50 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: alloysteel
Seems like this is somebody who bottles up and sits on resentments until finally it bursts forth.

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.

21 posted on 08/04/2012 7:53:39 AM PDT by Islander7 (There is no septic system so vile, so filthy, the left won't drink from to further their agenda)
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To: scottjewell

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.


22 posted on 08/04/2012 7:54:19 AM PDT by tumblindice (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: FrdmLvr

BINGO!!!!!!!!!!!!


23 posted on 08/04/2012 7:55:35 AM PDT by pollywog ("O Thou who changest not, abide with me.".......)
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To: tumblindice

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.


24 posted on 08/04/2012 7:57:12 AM PDT by scottjewell
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To: scottjewell

I had no idea that Amway was still around. I thought that they folded sometime in the 80’s.


25 posted on 08/04/2012 8:00:18 AM PDT by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: submarinerswife

(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:)


26 posted on 08/04/2012 8:08:10 AM PDT by PennsylvaniaMom (Just because you are paranoid it doesn't mean they aren't out to get you. C)
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To: NTHockey
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.

Yeah.

Karger says he has obtained tax records that show Doug DeVos gave $500,000

This sounds very orchestrated and socially tone deaf. In a just society all laws such as RICO would be applied equally. Mr. DeVos will have to take Karger to court. Not necessarily to obtain a just outcome in our corrupted system, but for the discovery phase.
27 posted on 08/04/2012 8:13:44 AM PDT by PA Engineer ("We're not programs, Gerty, We're People")
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To: ontap

....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


28 posted on 08/04/2012 8:17:51 AM PDT by pollywog ("O Thou who changest not, abide with me.".......)
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To: submarinerswife

still alive and kickin’.


29 posted on 08/04/2012 8:20:09 AM PDT by scottjewell
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To: scottjewell

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.


30 posted on 08/04/2012 8:22:46 AM PDT by jeffc (Welcome to the United Socialist States of America)
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To: scottjewell

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?


31 posted on 08/04/2012 8:29:00 AM PDT by montag813
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To: submarinerswife
I had no idea that Amway was still around. I thought that they folded sometime in the 80’s.

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.

32 posted on 08/04/2012 8:42:10 AM PDT by fireman15 (Check your facts before making ignorant statements.)
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To: scottjewell

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”.


33 posted on 08/04/2012 8:46:45 AM PDT by ChocChipCookie
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To: scottjewell

Officially Alticor now.


34 posted on 08/04/2012 8:46:45 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: NTHockey

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.


35 posted on 08/04/2012 8:47:57 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Islander7

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.


36 posted on 08/04/2012 8:52:22 AM PDT by ChocChipCookie
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To: scottjewell
Pro Choice - Pro Marriage between one man & one woman = Anti-gay? Hardly!

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.

37 posted on 08/04/2012 8:58:25 AM PDT by zerosix (native sunflower)
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To: zerosix

You have that right, well said. And it is now or never.


38 posted on 08/04/2012 8:59:46 AM PDT by scottjewell
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To: scottjewell

Time for donations to NOM, and AMWAY does have great products.


39 posted on 08/04/2012 9:19:15 AM PDT by Pat4ever
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To: Pat4ever

I’m with you.


40 posted on 08/04/2012 9:20:12 AM PDT by scottjewell
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To: ChocChipCookie

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.


41 posted on 08/04/2012 9:22:01 AM PDT by scottjewell
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To: MestaMachine

Privately held company. Rock ribbed conservative since 1959.


42 posted on 08/04/2012 9:30:42 AM PDT by prov1813man (While the one you despise and ridicule works to protect you, those you embrace work to destroy you)
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To: cripplecreek

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.


43 posted on 08/04/2012 9:37:15 AM PDT by prov1813man (While the one you despise and ridicule works to protect you, those you embrace work to destroy you)
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To: prov1813man

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.


44 posted on 08/04/2012 9:45:51 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

Solid citizens indeed.


45 posted on 08/04/2012 9:56:27 AM PDT by prov1813man (While the one you despise and ridicule works to protect you, those you embrace work to destroy you)
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To: FrdmLvr

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.

Waiting...

Still waiting.......


46 posted on 08/04/2012 10:36:46 AM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: ChocChipCookie
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.

BINGO!

47 posted on 08/04/2012 10:41:47 AM PDT by Marathoner (Palin/West 2012. Yes, I'm dreaming but as Pete said to Rudy, "Dreams are what make life tolerable.")
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To: cripplecreek

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.


48 posted on 08/04/2012 11:32:48 AM PDT by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: scottjewell
Call me cynical.
Amway promoted this in an attempt to get a "support Amway" day...
49 posted on 08/04/2012 6:23:27 PM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: publius911

ha, no doubt


50 posted on 08/04/2012 6:48:02 PM PDT by scottjewell
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