Apple, Wells Fargo, Macy’s, Delta and some other companies have decided that it is god business to bash evangelical Christians for their convictions regarding sexual morality. According to the Syracuse Post-Standard: press release says Apple has removed their iTunes store from the “Christan Values Network” after more than 22,000 people signed a petition on started by Ben Crowther, a student and Apple customer concerned about CVN’s funding of anti-gay, anti-women organizations like Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council.

CVN is an online service that raises money for various religious groups from the purchase of goods and services.

A few clarifications: is an online petition site that caters primarily to far-left groups and individuals. Ben Crowther is a Western Washington State University student and activist who seems to be prominent among those using CVN is an online shopping service (online stores essentially use it as a portal) that allows customers to designate a portion of the purchase price of goods and services to go to the “charity, school, or faith-based organization,” most of which appear to be local. Each online store that is part of the portal can designate which of the 170,000 possible recipients are eligible to receive the gifts, meaning that the companies that pulled out have used a meat cleaver rather than a scalpel to make a political statement, and hurt to some degree or another tens of thousands of otherwise unobjectionable recipients.

“From the beginning, I knew that once this issue was brought to Apple’s attention, they would not want to be a part of CVN because it funds anti-gay hate groups like Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council,” said petition starter Ben Crowther. “Apple is a fair-minded business. I’m glad this petition helped make Apple aware of this issue, and I am thrilled that they removed iTunes from CVN.”

In fact, this is nothing more than Apple caving in–again–to pressure from the gay rights lobby without bothering to see if there might be alternatives. So, giving a foolish person like Crowther what makes him feel good means that Habitat for Humanity, for instance, will not receive any proceeds from CVN. Of course, with your average college student activist, it’s all about what makes him feel good, rather than who actually suffers or benefits.

By the way, propagandists the world over would be proud to know that Crowther has joined their ranks. Calling Focus and the FRC “anti-gay hate groups” bears no more relationship to reality than calling More Light Presbyterians an “anti-Christian hate group” because they disagree with traditional orthodox Christian morality. But then, neither logic nor fairness is a strong suit of people such as Crowther.

A Macy’s spokesperson told, “Macy’s serves a diverse society. As such, we are deeply committed to a philosophy of inclusion in the way we operate our business and support our communities…We welcome all customers into our stores.”

And how does allowing people to give to Habitat for Humanity through Macy’s purchases made via CVN prevent that? How does it contradict their “philosophy of inclusion” except to the extent that they’ve decided that the way certain people think should exclude them from even the possibility that some money that would otherwise have gone to Macy’s might go to them?

A spokesperson for Wells Fargo told that “occasionally team members may act on their own to place ads on various sites that do not meet Wells Fargo’s brand and marketing standards. We requested the removal of this ad because it was not compliant with Wells Fargo’s brand and marketing standers.”

Please. What “marketing standards” are we talking about here? Wells Fargo is obviously petrified that Ben Crowther and some of his buddies will show up outside their San Francisco offices shouting, “Wells Fargo hates gays!” The plain fact that it doesn’t apparently doesn’t matter. Just the act of being called names is making one of the biggest banks in America stick its tail between its legs.

Celebrities Stephen Baldwin and Michael Lohan helped launch the Christian Values Network.

Both Baldwin and Lohan are outspoken about their anti-gay views. Baldwin told the Guardian in 2010 that he supports so called “ex-gay” therapy, a harmful practice that falsely claims to “cure” people of their sexual orientation.

If you’re thinking that the Syracuse Post-Standard has decided to end the debate over reparative therapy by labeling it “a harmful practice that falsely claims to ‘cure’ people of the sexual orientation,” have no fear. That phrase is in fact lifted verbatim from the press release. In fact, virtually the entire release is simply reprinted by the newspaper on its web site, with only minor editing that leaves it intact. I hope the people of central New York state appreciate being spoon-fed leftist drivel by their local “journalists.”

(Via Religion News Service Blog.)