everyone, meet tom strobhar.

thomas strobhar

{click picture to be redirected to original source –> strobharfinancial.org}

followers, meet tom strobhar.

strobhar is the founder of the corporate morality action center.

the cmac is both anti-abortion and anti-gay marriage.

tom strobhar also stands against domestic partner benefits, family planning, and contraceptives.

planned parenthood does not report it’s donors, however, many of them are known. strobhar claims that he is responsible for $40 million of withdrawn funding from planned parenthood.

Life Decisions International (LDI) has released a revised edition of The Boycott List, which identifies corporations that support Planned Parenthood, which does more than 25 percent of all of the 1.2 million abortions that take place annually in the United States.

Kenneth C. Garvey, LDI’s Director of Communications, tells LifeNews in a statement that the boycott has worked. He estimates the boycott has cost Planned Parenthood more than $40 million since the project LDI started began.

“As a direct result of the commitment, action and prayers of pro-family people, at least 282 corporations have stopped funding Planned Parenthood,” he said. “This should serve as a testament to those who think it impossible to change corporate behavior.”

you see, tom strobhar is most popular for his influence on corporate companies- he has essentially dedicated his life’s work to advising large companies to not, in any way, support gay marriage.
he claims it’s “bad for business.”

theslowlyboiledfrog.com is run by david cary hart. he blogs about his “observations of LGBT issues,
queer politics and progressive ideas.” in 2010, his partner of 30+ years passed away. his article, “Who Is Thomas Strobhar?” comments on life decisions international‘s attempts to boycott large companies, saying:

“Itemized donations are not required in corporate reporting and Planned Parenthood doesn’t report its donors. More importantly, a boycott is effective when you get as many people as possible to participate. The only way to participate in Strobhar’s boycott is to pay his Life Decisions International $19.95 for the privilege. The list is copyrighted and recipients are explicitly told that they cannot share it. It wouldn’t seem like an effective way to run a boycott with any impact.”

luckily for all of us who care strongly about these issues, ceo of starbucks, howard schultz, essentially told him to f*** off. [though in much different words.]

i implore you to watch this video

“Schultz replied bluntly that Starbuck’s endorsement of marriage equality wasn’t about making money, but about the principles of diversity. “If you feel, respectfully, that you can get a higher return than the 38 percent you got last year, it’s a free country. You can sell your shares of Starbucks and buy shares in another company. Thank you very much.””

howard schultz

{howard schultz, ceo of starbucks – (ap photo/ted s. warren)
click photo for original source –> the huffington post}

the corporate morality action center portrays tom strobhar as an experienced, passionate financial advisor. it boasts,

“It is quite possible some shareholders might sue Starbucks for their missteps and misleading guidance. Trying to make perhaps one percent of the employees happy in their private lives may have cost the company billions of dollars in market value and tarnished their growth company image.
Was it prudent? Starbucks does have a fiduciary responsibility to act in the best interests of the shareholders and to act as a prudent person would act. They must use common sense. Harming shareholders by taking sides on one of the most controversial issues of the day may or may not be illegal. Perhaps it is, to quote Talleyrand, “worse than wrong, it is stupid.”
Maybe Mr. Schultz should sit down, have a barista serve up a five-dollar caffeinated concoction, and remember what it was that put him in this position: selling coffee, not re-defining marriage.”


“trying to make perhaps one percent of the employees happy”???
missteps and misleading guidance??
“may or may not be illegal”?!

many words come to mind when i reflect on a person like tom strobhar,
but you are free to make up your own mind about him.
in the meantime, please feel free to visit and personally assess all of my sources listed below:

the huffington post
the slowly boiled frog
business insider
the corporate morality action center
life decisions international
life news

if i am being totally honest, i sat down today to write a blog post about the fantastic and somewhat magical time i had yesterday at an amish auction in montgomery, indiana. i drove to dinky’s auction center with my mother, in the heart of amish country, and it was truly one of the most intriguing, exceptionally strange, and boisterous days i have ever had.

with that said, there are times when important current events take precedent over my wonderful adventures. this is one of those times that i felt moved to share some information with you that i truly feel will end up in the history books someday. it is so important for me to find a balance between what i put into my day-to-day adventures and the energy i invest in broadening my knowledge of social happenings [or, the greater scheme of things.] this has been an example of my choosing the latter, and i will hopefully gain some followers that are as moved by marriage equality and equal rights as i am.

and don’t worry, i will definitely be posting about my auction adventure of amish proportions!
here are some sneak peaks . . .

beautiful horses all lined up

{amish country}

 

{horse love}

{horse love}

 

a beautiful, dusty old window

{one of my many treasures}

 

thank you for following,
thank you for your support,

: rosaliemelin :

featured image photo credit : reuters – luke macgregor

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