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AFA Exec to Google :: ’I Wish I Knew How To Quit You’

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Thursday Jul 12, 2012

On Tuesday a member of the American Family Association (AFA), an ultra-conservative and anti-gay organization, announced a boycott on Google because of a gay-friendly campaign the company launched this week.

Buster Wilson, AFA's general radio networks manager, responded to Google's "Legalize Love" campaign, that supports gay rights in a number of countries around the world, and told supporters to stop using Google and the company's several products, Right Wing Watch points out.

"We are a part of boycotting efforts similar to this with other businesses," Wilson, also a pastor and evangelist, said on his radio show.

"A lot of us are so integrated into Google and Google products. This is going to be a tough one," he continued. "It's more than just a search engine. Many of us have Android phones -- the Android system is a Google product. Many of us use Google calendar, Google Tasks and Gmail.

"And all those kinds of things. YouTube. And all the other things ... this one's going to be tough. This one's going to be one of those situations where I guess we'll test the meat of our convictions," Wilson said.

But it seems as though Wilson and the group couldn’t last long without using the search engine giant and its products, which includes YouTube, Android phones, Chrome and much, much more. The pastor took to his personal blog and claimed that Right Wing Watch misconstrued his message and that he was not calling for a boycott on Google.

"Nothing could be more fabricated than the essence of this story against us!" he wrote and claimed that the website edited the radio show and "take my words out of the context of the larger discussion, and make me sound like I am saying something that I actually did not say."

"I was speaking on my show about how horrible it is that companies like Google, like Home Depot and others, use their powerful influence in our communities to push the gay agenda upon the rest of us. Like, pushing for homosexual marriage," he wrote. "Demanding special designations and rights for them simply because of their preferred sexual lifestyles."

But if that didn’t clear it up enough, Wilson spelled it out for his readers: "I stated that It would BE TOUGH FOR SOMEONE LIKE ME TO CHOOSE TO NOT BE SUPPORTIVE OF SOMEONE LIKE GOOGLE, BECAUSE I AM SO INTERTWINED WITH GOOGLE PRODUCTS (Android phones, search engines, calendars, to do lists, youtube, google shop and on and on and on.....)."

"I DID NOT ONCE USE THE TERM NOR DID I STATE, CATEGORICALLY OR OTHERWISE, THAT AFA WAS CALLING FOR A BOYCOTT OF GOOGLE. N-E-V-E-R! I referenced the fact that we WERE boycotting other efforts to push the gay agenda. But I never called for a boycott of Google. They are simply peddling a lie to say that I did."

This isn’t the first time AFA has issued a boycott against a business. The group has urged their followers to stop shopping at Home Depot, JC Penney, Toys ’R’ Us, Urban Outfitters and many others. AFA has also boycotted Oreo Cookies, Comedy Central, DC Comics and more.

Watch the clip of Wilson’s radio show below:


  • , 2012-07-12 20:13:45

    This is silly. Google is the best search engine and they still great product. I love my Sony Google TV!

  • Oh Jed said:, 2012-07-12 20:33:19

    Since when is the desire to be treated equal a special right or designation? F*ck You Buster, you’re a moron.

  • Wayne M., 2012-07-14 09:46:10

    The so-called American "Family" Association believes that equality for LGBT people or protecting the equality, safety and human rights of LGBT people is a special right based on protecting people on the basis of a choice rather than an inbred characteristic. For this reason, they support denying these protections to us and evil support criminalizing same-sex sexual activity. The fact is that the best evidence and proof shows sexual orientation is not a choice. However, religion is a choice. Certainly I have chosen to be a Christian. If groups like the AFA wish to ban protections based on sexual orientation, then they must also campaign to ban protections on the basis of religious choices. Boycott groups organizations like Google? I have a better idea. Boycott groups like the AFA and deny them any special charitable tax and other privileges.

  • , 2012-07-21 08:15:37

    What a buffoon. Perhaps this is a Dawinistic portent... as we gay and lesbian folks rightfully assume progressively greater and more equal stature in society as a whole, there will be progressively fewer outlets that will support these neadrethals. Bring on the homophobic ice age!

  • , 2012-07-22 17:12:28

    If the American "Family" Association and others of their ilk continue their boycott of everything pro-equality (Google, Pepsi, Coors, Miller, J.C.Penney, Target, McDonald’s, Walgreen, General Foods, and ever increasing numbers of businesses), they’ll soon run out of places to shop, restaurants to eat in, computers to use, etc. They will have to move into a cave and hunt for their food and clothes.

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