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GM chooses gays over Christians
WorldNetDaily ^ | July 24, 2003 | Noah Knox

Posted on 07/25/2003 6:54:15 AM PDT by scripter

American companies continue to lead the world in politically correct foolishness. Perhaps General Motors should be the poster child for this stupidity disease. The company's "diversity" initiative includes spending company money to support "affinity groups" that celebrate the "collective mixture of similarities and differences" that make up GM's workforce. However, the company has refused to recognize groups of employees that share a common religious background, while openly supporting at least one affinity group of gay and lesbian employees. The "logic" behind this discrimination is bewildering. One employee won't stand for it any longer and has filed a discrimination complaint against the company.

According to General Motors' web site, the company started officially sanctioning affinity groups in 1999. "Any employees who believe they would benefit from affinity or networking can start a group provided they are able to meet the guidelines and reporting requirements established by GM Diversity Initiatives," according to the web site.

However, according to Brian Akre, G.M.'s director of news relations, as quoted by Cybercast News Service, the company "does not recognize religious or political organizations as company-sponsored affinity groups because of the divisiveness inherent in trying to accomodate their widely disparate views."

Despite that policy, G.M. has no hesitation in sanctioning GM PLUS, a group with the stated mission of supporting gay and lesbian issues. Specifically, the group's stated purpose includes to "promote a specific, written, advertised employment policy that prohibits discrimination based upon sexual orientation," and to "advocate benefit programs that recognize domestic partners and non-traditional families."

Are these not political and even religious goals? Is this not a divisive issue?

However, the company has repeatedly refused to sanction a Christian Employee Network (CEN). In his application for inclusion of CEN in the affinity group program, John Moranski specifically stated that "we are an inter-denominational group and will not promote a particular church or religious denomination in the workplace." The group was formed to coordinate activities of interest to Christian workers, such as a lunchtime prayer session on the National Day of Prayer. Unlike GM PLUS, CEN does not have as a stated or unstated goal the evangelization of co-workers or organized lobbying for changes in laws or company policies.

And yet, the company refuses to acknowledge and support this group of employees with a shared faith because of the "divisiveness" of such a concept.

Moranski filed a discrimination complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on June 20.

Drew Gardner is the lawyer representing Mr. Moranski in the matter. Gardner says "We believe that GM's recognition of GM PLUS and denial of the GM Christian Employee Network in light of GM PLUS's stated objective to promote and advocate particular moral and ethical, as well as political, beliefs, is not only hypocritical, but also illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964."

Strong words. And a strong case.

But to make things even more bewildering is what G.M.'s Akre says when his "divisiveness" argument springs an obvious leak. According the the CNS report, Akre claims that G.M.'s affinity groups are limited to those "whose focus is based on primary dimensions of diversity, which are factors that cannot be changed or chosen, such as ethnic background, gender or physical disabilities."

To this Bible-believing Christian, to say that an individual's "sexual orientation" falls into the category of a factor that "cannot be changed or chosen", well, them's fighting words!

And I, for one, am glad that John Moranski and Drew Gardner have taken up the fight!




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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: affinitygroups; boycott; christian; culturewar; diversity; downourthroats; gay; generalmotors; gm; homosexual; homosexualagenda; itsasexact; itsjustsex; keepitoutoftheoffice; manandwifeparenthood; notinprivate; nuclearfamily; pc; politicallycorrect; prisoners; protectedclass; queer; samesexdisorder; sexacts; sexualdeviance; sexualdeviants; sexualfetish; workplace

1 posted on 07/25/2003 6:54:15 AM PDT by scripter
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2 posted on 07/25/2003 6:55:08 AM PDT by scripter (Thousands have left the homosexual lifestyle.)
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To: scripter
But where is the GM employee who is a Christian who is strong enough to walk away from GM and make another life?

There's the rub.

It's all "hot air". The people don't vote with their feet anymore because fear has transcended faith in the United States. We are, in effect, enslaved by the IUO called the US Dollar.

Central banking has replaced morality.
3 posted on 07/25/2003 6:57:51 AM PDT by RISU
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To: scripter
if all christians didn't buy a GM car or truck this year, they'd get the message.
4 posted on 07/25/2003 6:58:02 AM PDT by camle (this space for rent. send cash)
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To: scripter
And people wonder why I think the party's over. America is in "big time" trouble with no end in sight. Diversity, perversity, secularism, abortion, and etc. have this country looking like a bunch of moral morons. Absolutely NONE of this tide is being pushed back. Religous leaders, where are you? Hiding behind your 501C3s? Lord help us!
5 posted on 07/25/2003 6:58:05 AM PDT by laweeks
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To: scripter
Adios GM and every weasely, pro-homosexual agenda organization!
6 posted on 07/25/2003 7:04:13 AM PDT by JesseHousman
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To: scripter
To this Bible-believing Christian, to say that an individual's "sexual orientation" falls into the category of a factor that "cannot be changed or chosen", well, them's fighting words!

To this MIT-trained biologist, it's an assertion that has not been scientifically proven. In the absence of such proof, thousands of years of tradition in multiple cultures (condemnation of homosexuality is hardly limited to the Judaeo-Christian tradition) should not be lightly discarded.

7 posted on 07/25/2003 7:07:55 AM PDT by RonF
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To: scripter
This is kind of amusing- I appreciate thr fact that this guy is standing up for his beliefs, but it's ironic that he's using anti-discrimination laws that are usually the weapon of choice for the left-wing crowd.

I would go so far as to say that GM should be allowed to sponsor, or not sponsor, whatever group it wants. The rest of us are free to show our displeasure with their sponsorship choices by buying a Ford.

8 posted on 07/25/2003 7:08:31 AM PDT by Modernman
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To: camle
Big 3 Bump!
And refinance using other than GMAC for credit.
9 posted on 07/25/2003 7:12:57 AM PDT by azhenfud
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To: scripter
SODOMITE INTREP
10 posted on 07/25/2003 7:15:26 AM PDT by LiteKeeper
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To: scripter
What ever happened to going to work and actually working? But, companies brought it on themselves by allowing all this extra-curricular nonsense.
11 posted on 07/25/2003 7:21:44 AM PDT by jrp
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To: scripter
To this Bible-believing Christian, to say that an individual's "sexual orientation" falls into the category of a factor that "cannot be changed or chosen", well, them's fighting words!

That's because the homosexuals have altered the language of the debate by such words as "homophobia" and "sexual orientation".

Rush irritated the crap out of me during a recent discussion of whether judicial nominee Pryor was "homophobic" for rescheduling a Disneyworld visit to avoid "Gay Days". Simply by using that idiotic and newly-coined word he legitimized the argument of Pryor's detractors - namely that Pryor "hated and feared gays". The fact of the matter is Mr. Pryor was simply trying to keep his children from being exposed to open homosexual "displays of affection" such as grabbing crotches, face-sucking, etc.

I'd have done the same. That's not what people take their kids to Disneyworld to see.

Sexual orientation is more properly termed sexual preference, for the behavior is chosen. It is not innate or inborn, no matter how much the homosexuals would like to pretend it is. And while there may be a very few people who actually suffer from homophobia (irrational or extreme fear of homosexuals), most people simply don't want to hear about it or have to look at it. When forced to, the reaction isn't fear, but disgust.

12 posted on 07/25/2003 7:22:56 AM PDT by jimt
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To: RonF
To this MIT-trained biologist, it's an assertion that has not been scientifically proven. In the absence of such proof . . .

In the absence of proof, the proper government role is silence. Let consenting, responsible (using the legal meaning) adults do what they want in private. But there is no 'right' for homosexuals to force others to accept public displays of their lifestyle when it is in direct conflict with the philosophy of a majority of citizens. They don't just want the 'right' to be homosexual. They want official, public affirmation of their lifestyle itself, and that requires people of faith in any of Christianity, Judaism, or Islam to give up key tenets of their faith.

Until and unless there is valid scientific proof that their condition is intrinsic and unchangeable - as race and gender are - or until the majority of citizens in the democracy embrace that lifestyle, this is not an issue for government.
13 posted on 07/25/2003 7:25:18 AM PDT by Gorjus
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To: RonF
"...it's an assertion that has not been scientifically proven."

Science has the evidence - given from reformed "Gays".

As evidenced by the natural biological functions of the male/female and as testified to by every other specie on the planet, I'd be least likely to assume homosexuality is anything but a choice to pervert the natural use of one's body.

IOW, science has not proven - nor has one thread of evidence that the initial perversion is anything less than a choice - but much to the contrary. After engaging in the acts frequently, the individual becomes the slave of HABIT.

14 posted on 07/25/2003 7:29:50 AM PDT by azhenfud
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To: scripter
Despite that policy, G.M. has no hesitation in sanctioning GM PLUS, a group with the stated mission of supporting gay and lesbian issues.

This is happening in my company as well. We have the Rainbow Initiative, which has resulted in over 70% of the local workforce at least, in being gay.

Problem is, the company is shutting down their entire west coast operation and outsourcing everything to India. The gay employees have filed a class action lawsuit based on anti-discrimination laws. It doesn't matter that everybody (not just gays) either has been or soon will be fired.

Now management is tap dancing on the head of a pin to show that only gay Indian offshore workers will be hired to replace them.

Incredible.

15 posted on 07/25/2003 7:32:31 AM PDT by Euro-American Scum (Conservative babes with guns are so hot!)
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To: RonF
To this MIT-trained biologist, it's an assertion that has not been scientifically proven.

Not only have thousands left the homosexual lifestyle, there is no biological or genetic evidence to support homosexuality. The facts support, overwhelmingly, the major factor in determining homosexuality is environment.

Links for homosexuals to find help out of the lifestyle:

Again, environment is the key factor in determining homosexuality. Here's some links on genetics and environment

16 posted on 07/25/2003 7:54:33 AM PDT by scripter (Thousands have left the homosexual lifestyle.)
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To: JesseHousman
It's difficult to avoid all pro-homosexual agenda organizations. We do what we can, but for major purchases we do even more, and that means avoiding GM.
17 posted on 07/25/2003 7:55:57 AM PDT by scripter (Thousands have left the homosexual lifestyle.)
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To: scripter
according to Brian Akre, G.M.'s director of news relations, as quoted by Cybercast News Service, the company "does not recognize religious or political organizations as company-sponsored affinity groups because of the divisiveness inherent in trying to accomodate their widely disparate views."

So, according to General Motors, being a Christian is inherently divisive and political. Being gay is not. I always wondered how 2% of the population (homosexuals) amassed so much political power.

Diversity in and of itself promotes "widely disparate views." The very root Latin meaning of diversity is "apartness." When you stereotype folks according to the skin color/race, you are not truly dealing with the diversity of folks who are distinct one from another. You're guilty of lumping folks into rainbow categories 'cause there's only 7 colors on their rainbow scale.

18 posted on 07/25/2003 8:00:34 AM PDT by Colofornian
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To: Euro-American Scum
Now management is tap dancing on the head of a pin to show that only gay Indian offshore workers will be hired to replace them.

That is incredible. Sheesh.

19 posted on 07/25/2003 8:02:09 AM PDT by scripter (Thousands have left the homosexual lifestyle.)
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To: Modernman
Uh, I hate to tell you this, but Ford does sponsor a anti-heterosexual affinity group, with a high level corporate officer as an advisor. It has done so for years. The group caters to the needs of anti-heterosexual, bi-sexual, and transgendered employees. I don't believe that you're going to find too many car companies that do business in the US that don't kiss their butts. Its no longer feeling the need for speed, its the need for speed bumps.

You may also be interested to know that the anti-homosexual movement plays a prominent role in the national so called "cool cities" initiative. They add a certain attraction to the large cities don't you know? Here in Michigan, our "cool" governor jenny mulhern has designated Detroit as a "cool" city, and named its mayor, Kwame (the Hip Hop mayor) Kilpatrick, the state's first cool cities mayor. Mayor hip hop celebrated by buying a larger diamond stud earring to replace the boulder he was sporting.

20 posted on 07/25/2003 8:05:52 AM PDT by RushLake (Stamp out leadership by lack of example.)
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To: scripter
Corporate America used to be the realm of Conservatives. No longer. Try to make any career headway these days as a Conservative. Only Leftists are PC in the boardroom ever since the storm of the 1960s destroyed all we hold dear.
21 posted on 07/25/2003 8:09:36 AM PDT by GOP_1900AD (Un-PC even to "Conservatives!" - Right makes right)
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To: Modernman
The rest of us are free to show our displeasure with their sponsorship choices by buying a Ford.

Ford is actually worse than GM in disseminating "diversity"...they've been at it longer than GM. www.worldnetdaily.com ran a May, 2001 article entitled, "Ford's controversial diversity campaign: Automaker faces suit over discrimination against older white males"...I found info about "Ford Gay, Lesbian or Bisexual Employees" (Globe) at http://people.delphi.com/fordglobe/index.htm a while back. According to this web site, GLOBE was meeting in 1994 and got Ford to change its non-discrimination policy to include "sexual orientation" in 1996.

Ford started promoting GLOBE within the corporation starting with its "September 1995 edition of Ford World, one of the company's monthly internal newspapers."

The same historical account of Ford GLOBE mentions: "Ford GLOBE began networking efforts with similar gay, lesbian and bisexual employee groups at General Motors and Chrysler Corporation, sharing a joint table at the 1996 Pridefest..."

22 posted on 07/25/2003 8:16:06 AM PDT by Colofornian
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To: scripter; azhenfud; JesseHousman; camle; RISU; Modernman
It's difficult to avoid all pro-homosexual agenda organizations. We do what we can, but for major purchases we do even more, and that means avoiding GM. {scripter}

if all christians didn't buy a GM car or truck this year, they'd get the message. {Camle}

It's all "hot air". The people don't vote with their feet anymore because fear has transcended faith in the United States. {risu}

Adios GM and every weasely, pro-homosexual agenda organization! {JesseHousman}

refinance using other than GMAC for credit. {azhenfud}

What really needs to happen is for concerned folks to simply start rating the worst of the worst companies on an industry by industry basis. It's hard to keep track of everything, but if folks would note which 1-4 companies are the worst in each industry; avoid those companies; and then tell them why it could slowly, incrementally, make a difference.

So, which are the worst four corporations within the Auto industry?

Worst: General Motors.

Until within the last year or so, GM owned a cable porn company. And I actually re-looked at when GM started its pro-homosexual measures, and they indeed pre-date Ford. GM was included by Ed Mickens' '93 book, THE 100 BEST COMPANIES FOR GAY MEN AND LESBIANS, but it rec'd about the lowest rating of the 100 companies...Mickens wrote: "Don't get overly excited; it's going to take a long time before every lesbian and gay employee at GM can expect safety, let alone acceptance and equality." (p. 172)

Mickens included GM because of its non-discrimination policy that included "sexual orientation"; its diversity training for managers; and its gay & lesbian employees group.

Second Worst: Ford Motor Co.

See previous post. Ford also came down hard on an employee in 1996 for publishing an article on an "Employees for Christ" bulletin board simply because it referenced Lot.

Third Worst: Subaru.

Subaru in '99 was running ads with cars with vanity license plates portraying inside jokes about homosexuality. One of the cars had a bumper sticker for a homosexual activist group (slogan read 'Different Drivers. Different Roads. One car' ") An ad agency specializing in marketing to homosexuals says Subaru ad revenue for homosexual publications increased 20% in '99 to over $120 million being spent. These ads were mentioned in the Washington Post ("Gay Consumers in the Driver's Seat" back on July 4, 2000)and the Wall Street Journal ("Cracking the Gay Market Code" on June 29, 1999).

The Global Network gay organization said in July, '97: "Credit card giant Visa, in conjunction with Subaru of America and celebrity Martina Navratilova {a lesbian}, sponsors the Rainbow Card, which contributes a portion of spending to causes that support the gay community."

Fourth Worst: Chrysler

Chrysler likewise includes "sexual orientation" in its non-discrimination policy. I found a "Diversity Statement: Chrysler" at http://web.canlink.com/ocrt/hom_0002.htm (not sure if still there)...it included a 1996 "Diversity Statement" by Chrysler chairman of the board Robert J. Eaton.

23 posted on 07/25/2003 8:58:36 AM PDT by Colofornian (No shotgun approach...boycott intelligently)
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To: scripter
.... to "promote a specific, written, advertised employment policy that prohibits discrimination based upon sexual orientation," ....

Wouldn't sexual orientation include all the "philias" like pedophilia, necrophilia, etc.? Sounds like an invitation to mayhem.

24 posted on 07/25/2003 9:00:34 AM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all things that need to be done need to be done by the government.)
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To: belmont_mark
Corporate America used to be the realm of Conservatives. No longer. Try to make any career headway these days as a Conservative

Corporate America is mostly apolitical. The reason you see so much of this PC BS is because corporations are afraid of being sued. So, they throw bones to the loudest groups, rather than risk the expenses, hassle and pad PR from a discrimination law-suit.

25 posted on 07/25/2003 9:59:45 AM PDT by Modernman
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To: Colofornian
Thanks for the summary on car manufactures. I've wanted to get away from Wells Fargo Bank but my business and personal life is so tied in with Wells Fargo Bank it's difficult. One of these days I'll find a bank that doesn't warrant boycotting as much as Wells Fargo does and transfer everything.
26 posted on 07/25/2003 10:34:29 AM PDT by scripter (Thousands have left the homosexual lifestyle.)
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To: Modernman
The rest of us are free to show our displeasure with their sponsorship choices by buying a Ford.

Ford also has a Gay/Lesbian/Transgendered group listed on its "Diversity" page. Every large corporation has been threatened by these "diversity" gangsters if they don't pay their "protection" money.

A few years ago, the contracting agency I worked for (they placed people mainly at Ford and Visteon) required every employeee to watch an indoctrination "diversity" video. We learned all about Muslims and Hindus and Sikhs, even though Ford is located in Dearborn I have seen more ultra-Orthodox Jews working there than Muslims. Nothing on the video mentioned Jews or Christians.

The video explained what "harrassment" in the workplace and showed several "sample" scenarios.

One of the samples on the video showed a gay man (white) announcing to his workgroup that he was bringing his "partner" to the Company picnic. A co-worker (a black female) said that she was a devout Christian and she could not allow her children to be exposed to "perversion." Then the employees were asked to discuss how they would resolve this situation.

At that point I managed to sneak out of the "indoctrination." But would guess, though, that gay always trumps Christian even when the Christian is black and female.

27 posted on 07/25/2003 10:47:27 AM PDT by Alouette (Every politician should live next door to a pimp, so he can have someone to look up to.)
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To: Alouette
she could not allow her children to be exposed to "perversion."

Strike the quotes around perversion.

28 posted on 07/25/2003 10:50:11 AM PDT by Alouette (Every politician should live next door to a pimp, so he can have someone to look up to.)
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To: camle
if all christians didn't buy a GM car or truck this year, they'd get the message

I'm with you, and I forwarded this to my Church e-mail list.
29 posted on 07/28/2003 12:43:18 AM PDT by Michael2001 (Pain is temporary. Chicks dig scars. Glory lasts forever)
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To: Michael2001
GM is a member of the International Chamber of Commerce. In it, there's something called Corporate Governance:
Corporate Governance

It's the same thing my company got an attaboy for recently - they're conforming to the globalist plan of conformity:

DiversityInc's "top Companies for GLBG (gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender) Employees" list:
1. JPMorgan Chase
2. Ford (tie)
2. Merck (tie)
2. Verizon (tie)
3. Northeast Utilities Service Co.
4. KPMG
5. Aetna
6. Fannie Mae (tie)
6. PricewaterhouseCoopers (tie)
7. Wells Fargo (tie)
7. Hyatt Hotels (tie)

30 posted on 07/28/2003 12:58:15 AM PDT by bets
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To: Modernman
I would go so far as to say that GM should be allowed to sponsor, or not sponsor, whatever group it wants. The rest of us are free to show our displeasure with their sponsorship choices by buying a Ford.

Ford is no better, they donate millions to the Enviornmentalist Wackos, who do have nearly killed the logging industry.

31 posted on 07/28/2003 1:09:50 AM PDT by c-b 1
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To: c-b 1
Note that both Ford and GM are on the International Chamber of Commerce member list (the member listing is only a selection of the larger companies - there are many more):

Exxon

Federal Express
Fiat
Ford
Fuji

General Electric
General Motors
Georgia Pacific
Glaxo Wellcome
Gold Star
Groupe Office Chérifien des Phosphates(OCP)
Groupe ONA
Guinness

Hewlett-Packard
Hewlett-Packard International S.R.L.
Hitachi
Hoogovers
HSBC
Hyundai

Iberdrola
IBM

32 posted on 07/28/2003 1:31:45 AM PDT by bets
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To: RushLake

Ad overview:

This remarkable diversity-oriented print ad features Rob, a Global Product Development & Quality Diversity and Worklife Coordinator for Ford, who is also a co-founder of its gay employee group, Ford GLOBE.

While other corporate diversity ads coyly use generic references to diversity through images of people of color, this one uniquely celebrates a gay employee leader.

Positioned in front of a Mustang, the headline text reads, "Rob has changed our policies, our culture, and our future. And he's just getting started."

The ad's body text says, "It started in 1994. Rob and a coworker formed GLOBE (Gay, Lesbian or Bisexual Employees), one of several company-sanctioned employee resource groups. His goal was truly ambitious. Rob wanted to change the culture of one of the world's largest corporations.

"We welcomed his ideas from day one. Today thanks to Rob's efforts and those of numerous other Ford employees, we're creating a truly diverse and harmonious workplace for every member of the Ford family -- whatever their sexual orientation. That's why we now offer health care benefits for same sex domestic partners. Is our work finished? Not at all.

The world of Ford Motor Company is changing. Rob is making sure that it's changing for the better. How will your ideas impact the future of Ford? Visit us online and see for yourself."

The ad ran on the inside back cover of Dec. 2000/Jan. 2001 issue of Diversity Careers in Engineering & Information Technology, a magazine in which Ford Recruiting regularly places ads. The issue included a story called GLBT Engineers are Out, and Doing a Better Job because of It, which quoted two lesbian Ford employees and photo of the Ford Recruiting booth at the national 2000 Lesbian & Gay MBA Conference (Ford was a corporate sponsor).

Ad overview:

Though Ford hasn't yet begun gay marketing in the U.S., it has had presence in European gay media for a few years. In this Cologne Europride parade guide that recalls a 1999 U.S. ad from Bud Light, Ford's ad features two men holding hands (one with a leather strap), and a headline that reads, "As if we only think about cars."

Next to the hands, it says, "Anhangerkupplung?" which has a double meaning as it refers to the tow bar in the back of a car as well as meaning "hook up."

The page text reads in German, "

The English translation: "If we do not always think of cars, then we gladly celebrate in the name of love -- all love. And what better place to do that than Cologne? A city that is above all about diversity, tolerance and a party groove. As a small proof of our love to Cologne, we of course again take part in the Christopher Street Day (Gay Pride). Because in the meantime the event, like the Cologne cathedral, will not disappear. Neither will we."

Ford Motor Co. arrived in Germany in 1925, well before BMW or VW started to think about industrial production.

Social engineering from corporate America. Vote them out of power with your spending/investment dollars.

33 posted on 07/28/2003 1:46:06 AM PDT by weegee
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To: weegee
Very interesting. Unfortunately it appears that all major corporations are on board with this. Unless one becomes Amish or Mennonite or Quaker, we are consumers of this culture. It all comes down from the UN's International Chamber of Commerce in a push for global socialism. And the US is not fighting this at all, and in fact is a leader in most cases.
34 posted on 07/28/2003 1:53:24 AM PDT by bets
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