American Family Association is going after Ellen DeGeneres? Via GLAAD:
Last week, retail giant J.C. Penney announced a new partnership with America's favorite talk-show host, Ellen DeGeneres.
“We share the same fundamental values as Ellen,” noted the company's President, Michael Francis. “At jcpenney, we couldn't think of a better partner to help us put the fun back into the retail experience.”
Now, however, the anti-gay group "One Million Moms.com, a project of the American Family Association" – an organization designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) – has launched a campaign demanding that the retailer fire Ellen simply because she's gay. According to SPLC, "hate groups have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics."
“DeGeneres is not a true representation of the type of families that shop at their store,” says the group. (via LGBT news site JoeMyGod)
But a majority of Americans disagree. Today, more people than ever celebrate the love of every family – gay or straight – and know that no person should be ridiculed, much less fired, simply for being who they are. Even today, Americans can be fired in 29 states for being gay and in 34 states for being transgender.
It's hard for me to wrap my head around the idea that there is a more innocuous soldier in the radical homosexual war on all things wholesome and American than Ellen Degeneres.
Now, American Family Association, now there's a sketchy group, having been placed on the Southern Poverty Law Center's list of hate groups.
GLAAD has launched a Stand Up For Ellen campaign, and is asking people to reach out to J.C. Penney and voice your support that Ellen is an excellent choice to represent their company. You might suggest they not take staffing advice from a hate group.
On GLAAD's action list:
Add your name to the list of supporters for J.C. Penney's decision: Add your name now!
Call J.C. Penney now to remind America's favorite retailer that hate should not be for sale in America's stores.
J.C. Penney, Customer Service – (972) 431-8200
J.C. Penney, Corporate Headquarters – (972) 431-1000
Share this action on Twitter:
RT @glaad: Will you #StandUpForEllen? Support @TheEllenShow & thank @jcpenney for making the right choice http://glaad.org/... #LGBT
Penney's has reportedly stood by their decision to hire Ellen.