General Mills now backs the homosexual agenda, what do you have to say about that?

The Govenor 2012/06/19 21:40:28
You can add them to the list of Home Depot, Target and J. C. Penny

Minnesota cereal manufacturer General Mills has weighed in on the state’s battle over marriage, saying it opposes the efforts by pro-family forces to define marriage as only between a man and a woman. The St. Paul Pioneer Press newspaper reported that General Mills breeched the corporate silence that has hung over the proposed marriage protection amendment, which Minnesotans will vote on in November, declaring that its management does not “believe the proposed constitutional amendment is in the best interests of our employees or our state economy — and as a Minnesota-based company we oppose it.”

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that the food maker’s CEO, Ken Powell, “voiced the company’s opposition Wednesday [June 13] at a General Mills function attended by 400 gay and lesbian professionals, followed Thursday by a Web letter from the company’s vice president for global diversity and inclusion, Ken Charles.” In the online letter Charles appeared to dismiss the cultural impact of embracing homosexual marriage, explaining that while his company “doesn’t normally take positions on ballot measures, this is a business issue that impacts our employees.” He conceded that “there are strongly held views on both sides. We acknowledge those views, including those on religious grounds. We respect and defend the right of others to disagree. But we truly value diversity and inclusion — and that makes our choice clear.”

Reflecting on the company’s announcement, the Star Tribune noted: “Taking a corporate position on such a politically charged issue as gay marriage is a risky move for a big company like Golden Valley-based General Mills, with such well known brands as Cheerios and Yoplait. Yet companies nationwide are increasingly taking pro-gay marriage stances and going public on other political issues.” The paper added that General Mills “is the second major Minnesota-based company to come out against the amendment…. Medical device maker St. Jude Medical first expressed opposition, as have Carlson Chairwoman Marilyn Carlson Nelson, former Medtronic CEO Bill George and longtime Minneapolis businessman and politician Wheelock Whitney.”

Homosexual activist groups applauded General Mills’ announcement, with “gay” lobbying group Minnesotans United for All Familiesreleasing a statement arguing that the “business case against this amendment is straightforward and powerful. General Mills’ decision to publicly oppose this hurtful, freedom-limiting amendment sends a clear message that neutrality on this amendment is simply not in Minnesota’s best interest.”

Insisting that embracing homosexual marriage is the only way “to keep our state a thriving and competitive place to live and do business,” the group declared that “we must maintain our status as a national leader in attracting top talent. Doing so begins in November with the defeat of this amendment, and we’re proud to stand with General Mills and other Minnesota businesses — both big and small — in refusing to limit the freedom to marry for some committed couples in our state.”

But the pro-family group Minnesota for Marriage, which has taken the lead in championing the marriage protection amendment, argued that General Mills’ statement was made to appease homosexual activists and that its position contradicts that of a majority of Minnesotans. “It is very disappointing that General Mills has decided to play PC politics by pandering to a small but powerful interest group that is bent on redefining marriage, the core institution of society,” said John Helmberger, chairman of Minnesota for Marriage. “Marriage is more than a commitment between two people who love each other. It was created by God for the care and well-being of the next generation. The amendment is about preserving marriage and making sure that voters always remain in control over the definition of marriage in our state, and not activist judges or politicians.” Helmberger argued that in coming out against the marriage protection amendment, “General Mills is saying to Minnesotans and people all around the globe that marriage doesn’t matter to them.”

Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage noted that “marriage as the union of one man and one woman is profoundly in the common good, and it is especially important for children. General Mills makes billions marketing cereal to parents of young children. It has now effectively declared a war on marriage with its own customers when it tells the country that it is opposed to preserving traditional marriage, which is what the Minnesota Marriage Protection Amendment does.”

A survey last year by the pro-family Alliance Defense Fund indicated that 63 percent of individuals with children living in their home believe that marriage should be defined as a union between one man and one woman. The survey found that only 35 percent of individuals with children at home disagreed with that definition, and overall, 62 percent of adults said they believe marriage is only the union of a man and a woman.

Brown predicted that General Mills’ high-profile announcement “will go down as one of the dumbest corporate PR stunts of all time. It’s ludicrous for a big corporation to intentionally inject themselves into a divisive social issue like gay marriage. It’s particularly dumb for a corporation that makes billions selling cereal to the very people they just opposed.”

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  • Verberat 2013/07/14 01:46:59
    There is nothing wrong with encouraging full acceptance of homosexuality and bisexuality in society. It certainly won't hurt anyone. It should be seen as normal and equal to heterosexuality, because it is! A huge benefit to society is that same-sex couples can adopt babies to give them a loving home and family.
  • Elephant Lord 2012/08/12 00:47:16
    Elephant Lord
    Well, if you're planning on boycotting them, here's a full list of companies that support gay marriage. You should boycott them too if you don't want to be a hypocrite.

    American Airlines
    Best Buy
    Delta Airlines
    General Motors
    Gerber Baby Products
    Hilton Hotels
    Home Depot
    Marriot International
    Olive Garden
    Proctor and Gamble
    Red Lobster
    Rite Aid
    Southwest Airlines
    State Farm
    United Airlines
    Walt Disney Company
  • Sodahea... Elephan... 2012/08/12 01:00:20
    Sodahead Founders are Fascists
    Haha, both microsoft AND apple.
    But what operating system will the bigots now use?
    They lack the intelligence to use Linux, and the development community is full of communists anyway.
  • jeane Sodahea... 2012/08/12 02:20:08
    Bigotry is the expression of hatred or aggression towards those who are different. Examples of bigotry include racism and religious intolerance.
    Bigotry is common among atheists, elitists, liberals, Muslims, homosexuals, and religious extremists (i.e. Westboro Baptist Church, Ku Klux Klan, Al Qaeda, etc.) towards critics of their ideologies. Some liberals deceitfully claim to uphold equality of all viewpoints and free speech, but are in fact routinely prejudiced against opposing viewpoints. They are particularly bigoted against Christians (and indeed faith in general) and Family Values. It is typical to see liberals refer to their opponents as racists, fascists, Nazis, rednecks, fanatics, or any number of more profane slurs. Bigotry can also be evidently seen when people refer to others who disagree with them as bigots or intolerant, and this is a severe form of hypocrisy because it excuses their accountability by blaming someone else.
  • The Gov... jeane 2012/08/12 02:25:40
  • Elephan... jeane 2012/08/12 03:10:51
    Elephant Lord
    Have you ever seen the KKK? They're extremely right wing, and so are the Al Qaeda. And saying that Muslims are bigots is probably the most hilarious case of someone not listening to him/herself. The reason why we say that homophobes are bigots is because we should respect everyone, gay or straight. There are literally no logical reasons why homosexuality should be outlawed in the US.
  • The Gov... Elephan... 2012/08/12 04:12:31
  • jeane Elephan... 2012/08/12 18:55:39
    Homosexuality isn't outlawed in America. What are you talking about?

    Islam - got a lot more where this came from

    The Quran commands Muslims to fight all unbelievers:

    Fight those who believe not in God nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by God and His Apostle, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued. S. 9:29

    Qur'an (5:51) - "O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people."
  • The Gov... Elephan... 2012/08/12 01:32:29
  • Elephan... The Gov... 2012/08/12 03:07:18
    Elephant Lord
    So, do you use Linux?
  • The Gov... Elephan... 2012/08/12 04:15:14
  • Sodahead Founders are Fascists 2012/08/09 11:54:46 (edited)
    Sodahead Founders are Fascists
    So they support FREEDOM. Good.

    Why do YOU hate freedom?
  • The Gov... Sodahea... 2012/08/10 00:55:12
  • Fariborz-Zak 2012/08/01 06:02:37
    gays r perverts
  • The Gov... Faribor... 2012/08/01 15:39:17
  • DizziNY 2012/07/31 17:46:07
    This is why I stick to my no name brand cereal.
  • The Gov... DizziNY 2012/08/01 01:19:10
  • American Girl 2012/07/14 05:06:54
    American Girl
    Companies shouldn't have an opinion. A company has no voting rights, so should not take a stand. I am tired of things offensive to me, being crammed down my throat. I got an e- mail daily from the Diversity and Inclusiveness department about GLBT Pride events and "heros" every day in June for (give me a break) Gay Pride month. I threw out my wonderful large rainbow unbrella. Thirty years ago when i got it to help cross kids in the school parking lot, it did not represent homosexuals. Enough already! Keep your sex in the bedroom and out of my face and my cereal.
  • The Gov... America... 2012/07/14 14:30:36
  • America... The Gov... 2012/07/15 07:59:49
    American Girl
    I used that as my argument: that would be the next step, some crackpot would want to legalize THAT! I will have to look up that article and pass it on. Unless we turn this around, we are doomed!
  • The Gov... America... 2012/07/15 15:57:09
  • The Gov... America... 2012/07/15 16:08:23
  • mach 2012/06/21 05:17:37
    Looks like I'm going to be eating more Cheerios, and avoiding my beloved Chic Fila. Oh well, for a good cause.
  • JanHopkins 2012/06/20 05:25:10
    Well that just figures. First they load the cereal with enough fiber to make you crap your intestines out and now this. Goodbye Cheerios.
  • The Gov... JanHopkins 2012/06/20 13:04:44
  • mac9 2012/06/20 05:01:19
    I say WTF? Why is everyone supporting special interest groups and assuming the rest of us will follow. They need a wake up call or a boycott as all the special interest groups do. It's not about gays it is about favoritism to gain favor politically.
  • The Gov... mac9 2012/06/20 13:05:14
  • Cal 2012/06/20 04:46:58
    I don't think businesses have any business in politics or supporting any sort of political agenda. They are a business.....I don't need their views forced down my throat....when I go in their store or look at their article. That's why I wont buy Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream....I'm not interested in their political agenda. So usually I move on to other stores and brands..you know stores and brands that respect their consumer.
  • Kaleokualoha 2012/06/20 04:34:33
    What is the "homosexual agenda"? Equal rights or something else?
  • The Gov... Kaleoku... 2012/06/20 13:03:46
  • Kaleoku... The Gov... 2012/06/20 19:00:50
    As far as I know it is equal rights. Do you have evidence of any other homosexual agenda?

    Jumping to conclusions seems to be quite common in the fantasyland of the right-wing blogosphere. Such conclusions are drawn despite other likely explanations for the evidence presented. In the world of disinformation, speculation is misrepresented as fact.

    When asked to substantiate their conclusions, we may encounter bluster, red herrings, and ad hominem attacks more often than rational, focused answers. Military Intelligence students are quickly disabused of such behavior, and learn the value of supporting every conclusion they proffer. Researchers at the Rand Corporation and other highly regarded research institutions often come from such rigorous backgrounds, where conclusions are based on empirical evidence, rather than wishful thinking. It's a pity that blogosphere researchers and commentators are not held to similar high standards of accuracy.

    "I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant." - Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968)
  • The Gov... Kaleoku... 2012/06/21 02:38:14
  • Kaleoku... The Gov... 2012/06/21 04:35:37
    Just answer the question, Grasshoppa! How about a rational, focused answer? The more you evade and tap-dance, the more obvious it becomes that you have feet of clay.

    Tap Dance

    As previously noted: When asked to substantiate their conclusions, we may encounter bluster, red herrings, and ad hominem attacks more often than rational, focused answers.

    "Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • The Gov... Kaleoku... 2012/06/21 04:48:46
  • Kaleoku... The Gov... 2012/06/21 04:56:13 (edited)
    Of course you don't HAVE to answer that! But YOU brought up the issue of the so-called "homosexual agenda." Integrity requires that you explain yourself.

    "Subtlety may deceive you; integrity never will." - Oliver Goldsmith
  • The Gov... Kaleoku... 2012/06/21 15:47:39
  • Kaleoku... The Gov... 2012/06/21 17:31:46
    Then why don't you explain what you mean by the "homosexual agenda"?

    "If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don't have integrity, nothing else matters." - Alan Simpson
  • The Gov... Kaleoku... 2012/06/21 21:18:11
  • jeane Kaleoku... 2012/08/12 18:58:30 (edited)
  • Kaleoku... jeane 2012/08/12 19:01:57
    Sounds like "equal rights" to me!

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