Be careful about boycotts


The Florida Family Association is declaring victory in its campaign to have Lowe's home improvement stores not advertise on the TLC cable show All-American Muslim, which according to the FFA is "propaganda clearly designed to counter legitimate and present-day concerns about many Muslims who are advancing Islamic fundamentalism and Sharia law."

I suspect the FFA is right to be concerned that "the show profiles only Muslims that appear to be ordinary folks while excluding many Islamic believers whose agenda poses a clear and present danger to liberties and traditional values that the majority of Americans cherish." But Christians need to have a discussion about the efficacy of boycotts, advertising pressure, and the like, even when they produce an immediate win.

Pressure of this sort is a productive tactic for majority groups, or minority groups that have majority support. Apple, for example, caved in to the gay lobby by kicking out the iPhone/iPad app for The Manhattan Declaration, an excellent document-signed mostly by Christians-that opposes same-sex marriage. While homosexuals probably comprise only 3 percent of the U.S. population, their demand for approval jives well with our general cultural tendencies.

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Minorities without majority support have a lot to lose by embracing pressure tactics. Christian complaints about discrimination lose credibility when we encourage discrimination against others. Biblical Christians are a minority in the United States, which means we must vigorously speak out and defend truth-tellers under attack-that's one reason why WORLD made Alan Chambers of Exodus International its Daniel of the Year-but refrain from attempting to suppress others.

I appreciate the FFA's willingness to fight, but in the 21st century-unlike the 19th-if we live by the sword we'll probably die by the sword.

Marvin Olasky
Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.


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