The American Family Association (AFA), a Christian anti-LGBT hate group, has suspended its three-year boycott of The Home Depot.
According to AFA director of special projects Randy Sharp, the association initiated the boycott due to The Home Depot’s “promotion of the homosexual agenda”—i.e. its support of LGBT activism as well as the company’s participation in Pride festivals.
This week however, Sharp released a statement via the AFA website informing the public that due to Home Depot’s alleged desertion of the LGBT community, the boycott had been suspended.
“We’re glad to report that we are suspending the boycott of The Home Depot,” read Sharp’s statement. “After monitoring the company for several months, we’re satisfied that the company has withdrawn its major financial contributions to gay activist groups and to their activities.”
However, Sharp did not offer any information about exactly what the AFA had been monitoring, nor did he give any evidence to support the claim.
The Home Depot, which has long dealt with the AFA, assured the exact opposite in a response to ThinkProgress.
“We haven’t made any changes to our policies for inclusion and respect of all people, regardless of their sexual orientation,” said Home Depot spokesman Stephen Holmes. “We have not directed our associates to discontinue participation in Pride or other community events, and have no intention of doing so.”
The AFA’s online pledge against The Home Depot collected over 750,000 signatures. While any number of supporters of such a pledge is disappointing, 750,000 boycotters is a drop in the bucket to a multi-billion dollar company like The Home Depot. This could be why the AFA finally decided to end their efforts.
The Home Depot has long supported diversity and will continue do so. Not only does the company have their own Pride Network Associate Resource Group, they manage an official partnership with the Human Rights Campaign, as well as several other pro-diversity organizations.
Meanwhile, the AFA’s mission statement is “to inform, equip, and activate individuals to strengthen the moral foundations of American culture, and give aid to the church here and abroad in its task of fulfilling the Great Commission.”
In the FAQ section of their website, the AFA lists the burning question, “does AFA hate homosexuals?”
The response AFA offers is not altogether reassuring:
“Absolutely Not! … AFA has sponsored several events reaching out to homosexuals and letting them know there is love and healing at the Cross of Christ.”
How sweet of them.
The AFA website also includes an online store, where you can buy anything from Bible DVDs to Christian coffee grounds. I’ll stick with Starbucks, thanks.