“I think it was a brilliant thing. It has never been done before and I think it’s very appropriate in light of the very inappropriate nature that was going on at the time,” said John Stemberger, president of the Florida Family Policy Council, to The Christian Post on Monday.They go on to cite bogus statistics crowing about their success with the dubious claim that attendance was down fifty to sixty percent. (Disney World hasn't released attendance figures, so this Christian hate group is basically making up self-congratulatory lies.)
But forget about bragging or rhetoric. What did FFA think Disney was supposed to do about Gay Pride Day? Ban the gays? Break the law?
Assume for a minute that FFA's immoral boycott worked. That means FFA basically punished Disney for being a law-abiding company. Was Disney supposed to interrogate every guest that arrived at its gates? Was Disney supposed to say, "Sorry, you look too gay for our family-friendly park"? When the Gay Pride organization approached Disney for group discounts, was Disney supposed to turn them away?
In other words, even if Disney wanted to discriminate (which they don't), their hands were tied. So FFA knew that Disney wouldn't and couldn't do anything. So why did FFA spend thousands of dollars flying an airplane around Disney World?
The real story here is that FFA was looking for publicity. That's it. They're nothing more than attention whores, getting publicity at the expense of the Disney corporation and the LGBT community.
It's hard to know if they had any effect on attendance – it may have actually been up – but if they actually did hurt Disney's income, then FFA's immorality was compounded. They're spouting hate speech against gays and lesbians, and they're hurting a law-abiding company that tries to stay out of politics and just have fun.
FFA is following in the tracks of the Westboro Baptist Church and Pastor Terry Jones. They don't care about who they hurt as long as they make the headlines.
I hope and believe that most Americans have better morals than FFA. I believe this sort of behavior by FFA and other right-wing Christian groups drives people away from Christianity. It's one of the reasons Christianity is dying in America.
(Disclaimer: My daughter works at Disney World in Florida.)