The Echo Chamber of Commerce: Why Corporate America Champions Radical Social PolicyJune 2, 2020
Corporations are in the business of making money, not political statements. That’s why they spend millions of dollars to have others, such as politicians and Chambers of Commerce, do their political bidding for lower taxes and less regulations. However, America’s top companies and their “political arms” are beginning to champion radical social policies to maintain a “marketable” public image. To them, accepting and championing radical social ideologies are key to courting the American consumer.
For example, in 2019 the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and “200 of the nation’s leading businesses” publicly supported the federal Equality Act. The Equality Act would outlaw “discrimination” based on sexual orientation and gender identity for housing, employment, and public accommodation. Laws of similar nature at state and local levels have resulted in business owners being sued for not using their creative expression to celebrate lifestyles that are contrary to their faith.
The Human Rights Coalition (HRC) created a “Corporate Equality Index” to pressure companies into pro-LGBTQ advocacy. HRC surveyed major U.S. companies and gave “214 Fortune 500 companies and 123 of the nation’s top 200 law firms” perfect scores.
What must a company do to receive a perfect score? Here are a few qualifiers:
- Provide healthcare coverage for “reconstructive surgical procedures related to sex reassignment”
- Adopt “gender transition guidelines with supportive restroom, dress code and documentation guidance”
- Demonstrate “public support for LGBTQ equality under law”
- Market and advertise “with LGBTQ content” or sponsor “LGBTQ organizations and events”
These “perfect score” companies are not just active on the left coast. Take a look at the top “Commonwealth Partners” for the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. 7 companies (UPS, BB&T, Brown-Foreman, Toyota, Humana, PPL, Aetna) received PERFECT scores and Aetna (CVS) received a near perfect 90/100 grade.
This means all the top “partners” at the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce have “demonstrated public support for LGBTQ equality.” While the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has already made their stand against religious liberty, be aware that other Chambers, such as Kentucky, may follow suit. With heavy financial influence from these large corporations, the Kentucky Chamber is susceptible to allocating resources to advance the LGBTQ agenda instead of protecting small business owners from laws that criminalize their faith in the marketplace.