Friday, April 22, 2005

Pitching a Tent for the Corps

Fascism - - Fascism A system of government marked by centralization of authority under a dictator, stringent socioeconomic controls, suppression of the opposition through terror and censorship, and typically a policy of belligerent nationalism and racism.

Welcome to America. The land of Corporate fascism. Unfortunately the religious right is more in tune with American politics that we would certainly like them to be.

Microsoft Corp., the largest employer in the state of Washington, all but assured yesterday's one-vote legislative defeat of a bill that would have protected LGBT people in Washington from discrimination. The buzz is that Microsoft, which is generally a progressive company, backed out of supporting the LGBT-rights bill after meeting with an anti-gay minister who lives blocks from the company.

Earlier this year, Proctor & Gamble bucked criticism from anti-gay religious groups when it supported a similar LGBT-rights measure in Cincinnati. That measure passed. Religious groups held P&G boycotts, and P&G has recently stopped running ads targeted towards the LGBT population.

Oh to be in America. Land of the free trade, home of the brazen CEO. When it comes to the LGBT-rights movement, whose pocket are we in. Perhaps we got brushed out with the lint.

Viva fascism!


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