UPS policy doesn’t reflect tolerance

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
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United Parcel Service has lost a customer -- and it has to do with the UPS Foundation turning its back on the Boy Scouts.

UPS announced 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.

Family Research 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 distributor.

Sprigg, Peter (FRC)"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 more.

"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 efforts.

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