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There’s the screaming, fist-shaking, and tantrums out in front of SCOTUS. We expected that. There’s the soul-less politicians and their impassioned promises to restore what was lost. We expected that. There’s the Hollywood ranting how ashamed and saddened they are. We expected that.
Here is what I did not expect. The number of businesses and corporations declaring they will pay for their employees to travel to get an abortion.
About half the states have moved quickly to save the lives of babies in the womb. The other half, still blood-thirsty, are calling themselves “sanctuary” states. What a travesty of word usage. Sanctuary means place of safety. Shame on them for using the word. Babies in the womb in states like Washington continue to be in grave danger. Not content with this state’s carnage, our governor says he has money in the budget to pay for citizens from other states to come here so he can pay for their abortions. Apparently, he wants to add to our numbers. What’s wrong with this man? Not enough deaths from his Washingtonian’s, as he loves to refer to us?
And now a growing list of businesses and corporations in red states have pledged to ship protected babies to the slaughter houses of blue states. That is already happening.
Here is a short list of companies with policies covering travel expenses so their employees can break the Sixth Commandment: Starbucks, Tesla, Yelp, Airbnb, Microsoft, Netflix, Patagonia, DoorDash, JPMorgan Chase, Levi Strauss, PayPal, Amazon, Reddit, Walt Disney Company, Meta, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Warner Brothers, Bank of America, Intuit, Zillow, Lyft, Uber, H and M, Vox Media, Adobe, Google, Nike, Nordstrom, Wells Fargo, and Proctor and Gamble. Some of these companies have pledged as much as a $4,000 stipend to cover a mom’s expenses to assure she ceases to be one.
How many from the list received money from you and me this past week? If they did, logically speaking, we assisted moms hellbent on terminating their child’s life. We put gas in the car, paid for the bus ticket, put them on a flight, etc.
Why do these companies do such a thing? Some for financial reasons, I suspect. Less money to pay for an employee’s abortion then pay for maternity time-off? Virtue signaling, hoping to convey how much they care for women? Their CEO or Board Chairman is a rabid leftist?
I have boycotted a business once in my life. It was a long time ago. It was in 1988 when the Tacoma Mall had a movie theatre. Despite outcry by many in the church, they showed The Last Temptation of Christ, a mocking film of Jesus. I pledged to never go to that movie theatre again. As I recall, I sent them a letter telling them so. I never went back. But the sacrifice was minimal because just a few years later the place was closed and torn down.
They say money talks. It does. The bottom line is the bottom line for most companies. I’m done with Starbucks. That is an easy one for me to jettison. There are plenty of other coffee places. But Dick’s is my favorite sporting goods store. I bank at Chase, having done so for decades. I use their credit card. And then there is Amazon, Microsoft, and Google. My life is intertangled with them.
How serious am I regarding a boycott? It’s a discussion my wife and I need to have. Perhaps it’s a discussion for you and yours. The other side isn’t done fighting. We aren’t either.
Pastor Rich Hamlin
June 30, 2022