Are you familiar with the Amazon Smile program that sends a tiny portion of your Amazon purchases to the charity of your choice? Well, it turns out you don’t really have full control of your choice of charities.
Amazon recently dropped the non-profit group Alliance Defending Freedom from its approved list of Smile charity recipients. The ADF provides legal assistance in defending people’s religious liberty and free speech rights. That includes people who are pressured to violate their religious beliefs by participating in same-sex weddings.
Sadly, unlike the Department of Defense and the FBI, Amazon still relies on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s dubious “hate list,” which has devolved from a list of actual hate groups to include groups falsely branded as hate groups because they don’t conform 100% to the SPLC’s far-left agenda. Amazon cut off the ADF from Smile donations because the SPLC branded it a “hate group” for allegedly working “to deny goods and services to LGBT people on the basis of religion.”
So wait: it’s okay for Amazon to refuse to work with groups that disagree with its beliefs, but if the ADF defends religious believers who assert the same right, they’re a “hate group”? Does that make Amazon a hate group? And isn't Amazon now denying donations to a nonprofit group on the basis of religion?
This is a bad decision based on bad data issued in bad faith. Amazon should reconsider it before their customers of faith give them a few million reasons to stop smiling.
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