Family Association has identified yet another target in its
waging of the culture war -- PepsiCo. The right-wing
organization has asked members to boycott PepsiCo
after the company donated a combined $1 million to the
Human Rights Campaign and Parents, Families, and
Friends of Lesbians and Gays.
The AFA says it
sent two letters to PepsiCo after the donations were made
public in October.
"We were indeed
surprised by PepsiCo's support of the homosexual
group," the AFA's Donald E. Wildmon wrote in October about
the $500,000 donation to PFLAG. "It would appear to us
that PepsiCo would not involve itself in a political
and culture war, especially supporting an organization
seeking to redefine marriage and family."
The letter went
on to ask PepsiCo chair Indra K. Nooyi to "remain
neutral in this culture war, neither supporting nor opposing
the homosexual agenda."
in November that the donation made to PFLAG focuses on
designing supportive workplace environments. "The initiative
seeks to promote further understanding and equality in
the places where people spend much of their time at
work," PepsiCo spokesman Paul Boykas wrote in a letter
the AFA deemed "condescending."
"Among the values
promoted by the PepsiCo Foundation is ensuring a work
environment that is respectful where associates are valued
for their contributions," the letter went on to
say. "I hope this clarifies this grant by the
AFA wrote in a
letter to its members that PepsiCo "refuses to give
money to any pro-family organization that opposes the
fuel to the fire, the AFA adds that "most every
homosexual organization we know of is overwhelmingly
pro-abortion." (Michelle Garcia, Advocate.com)