(9/30/11) On their radio program today, Matt Barber and Shawn Akers of Liberty Counsel (the rightwing evangelical law firm and ministry) threatened an "all-out" Christian boycott of e-commerce business PayPal over what they described as "discriminatory" and "bigoted" treatment of several Christian ministries. Barber, an attorney who is the firm's Director of Cultural Affairs, said, "I guarantee you if they continue with this discriminatory anti-Christian policy which is bigotry, pure and simple, if they continue with this, there will be a mass, uh, I don't want to call it a boycott, but people, Christians, across the country, across the world, will be encouraged through a very wide range of Christian and pro-family organizations, to no longer do business with PayPal." Shawn Akers, Liberty Counsel's Public Policy Analyst, agreed (you can view a video of this at left).
Remember the SBC boycott of Disney in the 90s? The lawyers can boycott all they like; regular folks will use FB to Like the movement and then post more prayers that FB sees the light.
But my lazy stereotype of these people is of lumpen obtuse technophobes who, at this moment, are bending their righteous fury towards looking up what on earth Paypal is. And even if some of them have already manage to unbend their calloused extra-numerous digits enough to operate a keyboard there can't be that many to worry about.
Even if that isn't true though, and it probably isn't...completely true, Paypal is too goddamn useful to boycot.
The first boycott I remember involved one over Jimmy Dean products in the 80s, and that was because he had converted to New Age or so was the claim.
Seems like Jimmy Dean is still in business, making breakfast sausage. Mmhm. Whatevs, evan-jellies.
As George Carlin said, God always needs money. These folks won't do anything to jeopardize the Religious Right's most basic principle: Get the money!
That'w why I predict there will be no boycott.