United Parcel Service has lost a customer -- and it has to do
with the UPS Foundation turning its back on the Boy Scouts.
last month that its Foundation would not provide donations to
organizations that violate its non-discrimination policy. That
eliminated the Boy Scouts from future funding because of its policy
against homosexuals in leadership positions.
Council, based in Washington, DC, says it attempted to get UPS
to reconsider and reverse its policy -- to no avail. FRC's Peter
Sprigg explains why the traditional values group formally announced
on Tuesday will stop using UPS as its primary package
"UPS certainly has a legal
right to do this. They can give their donations to whoever
they wish and set whatever standards they wish," he acknowledges.
"But they need to understand that there are many of us who view
this as overt discrimination against people of traditional faith
and traditional values."
Sprigg says FRC has done "a lot of business" with UPS -- but no
"I think it was about $80,000 worth of business last year," he
adds. "So we made a decision that [because] UPS has a choice as to
where they give their charitable donations, we have a choice as to
who we use as our shippers -- and we're choosing not to use United
Parcel Service anymore."
FRC says that unlike UPS, the Boy Scouts are about "instilling
character and leadership into America's boys" -- but that UPS, in
the name of "tolerance," evidently cannot tolerate such
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