July 14, 1996
In an era of massive layoffs and declining benefits, it's depressing to see Walt Disney Co. receiving boycott threats for providing health insurance to partners of gay employees ("Baptists Urge Disney Boycott Over Values," June 13). If the Southern Baptists were truly interested in promoting family values, they would be taking on companies that slash jobs or offer few or no benefits to their employees. To try to bully a company into removing people's health insurance is spiteful, malicious and remarkably unchristian.
August 2, 2013 |
Gay rights groups have been ceremoniously dumping Stolichnaya vodka into gutters from West Hollywood to Manhattan in protest against a Russian law banning gay pride events and other public displays of homosexual “propaganda.” The problem with the North American boycott, known on Twitter as the #dumpstoli campaign, is that the vodka is distilled in Latvia and owned by a Luxembourg company controlled by a Russian billionaire driven into exile...
May 4, 2001 |
Nearly 200 eighth-graders boycotted a state science exam with their parents' blessing in this well-to-do community of doctors, corporate executives and other high achievers. The school district in Scarsdale, a New York City suburb, said 195 of its 290 eighth-graders skipped the test to protest standardized exams and the increasing amount of classroom time spent preparing for them.
June 24, 1991
Tom Blair's and Bert Enserink's June 10 letters in response to Robert Foxworth's June 3 column "Matching Wildmon's Boycott With a 'Buycott' " attempted to paint the Rev. Donald E. Wildmon as someone who offers "legitimate criticism" of "pornography and sexual aberration." Let's set the record straight. Wildmon is part of a politicized right-wing religious movement: Christian fundamentalism. Most people are familiar with the attacks fundamentalists have made on controversial works such as the art of Robert Mapplethorpe.
August 17, 1996
Sixty years ago, composer George Gershwin was condemned by Nazis for being Jewish and banned from Germany at the beginning of that country's darkest chapter. Today, Chancellor Helmut Kohl stood by as the under-30s arm of his Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Germany's governing party, launched a boycott of Tom Cruise's movie "Mission: Impossible" solely because of his membership in the Church of Scientology (Morning Report, Calendar, Aug. 9). This is an act of religious discrimination, which is unconstitutional according to the German Constitution.
April 17, 1988
I read with great disappointment the April 6 story regarding the firing of the advertising agency, Saatchi & Saatchi DFS, by RJR Nabisco over "philosophical differences" related to the ad firm's Northwest Airlines campaign. This campaign was neither related to nor detrimental to Nabisco products. I always have viewed the diversification of tobacco companies into other businesses as reasonable and necessary for their survival against the day when tobacco revenue would decrease or cease.
July 17, 2013 |
The U.S. Olympic Committee has reacted quickly -- and negatively -- to a suggestion that Americans should boycott the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, if that country grants asylum to former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) raised the idea this week. "If there are any lessons to be learned from the American boycott of 1980, it is that Olympic boycotts do not work," USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky said in a statement. "Our boycott of the 1980 Olympic Games did not contribute to a successful resolution of the underlying conflict.
August 9, 2013 |
The United States Olympic Committee, saying the Games "bring people together," was pleased to hear that President Barack Obama said there should be no boycott of the 2014 Sochi Games despite differences with the host nation. U.S. disputes with Russia include the granting of temporary asylum to Edward Snowden (who leaked national security documents), recent anti-gay legislation and support for Syria's president in a bloody civil war. “I do not think it's appropriate to boycott the Olympics,” Obama told reporters during a news conference at the White House on Friday.
August 27, 1986 |
In an effort to block a boycott by officials, Southern Section Commissioner Stan Thomas will offer a package of concessions at a meeting in Glendora tonight of the executive committee of the Southern California Football Officials Assn.
June 3, 1991 |
In reading Steve Weinstein's encouraging report ("Religious Right May Be In for a Fight," Calendar, May 20) on the well-intentioned letter-writing campaigns being organized to beat back the Rev. Donald Wildmon's effort to re-impose the ideological terrorism of the '50s, it occurred to me that well-intentioned isn't good enough. The inquisition of 40 years back began with a few isolated wackos who cast a shadow of fear over the ledger books of American commerce.