Have you ever used AmazonSmile? Your favorite charity gives you a link that takes you to Amazon, you shop, and the AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5% of the purchase price to that charity. Sounds easy enough, right? Well, now they seem to be deciding which charities are worthy.
LifeNews reports that the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a non-profit legal organization advocating for religious freedom, that they can no longer take part in the program on the recommendation of the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center.
“ADF is one of the nation’s most respected and successful Supreme Court advocates, working to preserve our fundamental freedoms of speech, religion, and conscience for people from all walks of life,” said President, CEO and General Counsel Michael Farris. “SPLC is not a neutral watchdog organization. Instead, it raises money by slandering people and organizations who disagree with its views.”
Farris sent a letter to Amazon asking for a meeting to discuss the decision. In the letter, he says:
Once the SPLC identifies an ideological opponent, its goal is to ruin them. As SPLC Senior Fellow Mark Potok said: “Sometimes the press will describe us as monitoring hate crimes and so on…. I want to say plainly that our aim in life is to destroy these groups, to completely destroy them.” That is the group’s mindset toward those whose views it doesn’t like. Unfortunately, it is aided and abetted by businesses like Amazon that uncritically accept SPLC’s slander and use it as a basis for its own business decisions.
If you are going to rely on a discredited partisan organization like the SPLC to determine who is eligible to participate in AmazonSmile, you should disclose that in your policy and to your customers. Millions of Americans share our beliefs and thousands of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim religious organizations subscribe to them as well. Your customers have a right to know that you’ve placed such an organization as the gatekeeper to participation in a charitable program.
Amazon can’t be kicking out nonprofits that represent people with completely mainstream beliefs because they’re bullied by rabidly left-wing organizations. Contact them here if you are so inclined.