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Why Catholics Should Not Call for Boycotts


As the recent Starbucks red cup dustup shows, boycotts and rumors of boycotts will always be with us.  It seems like there never really was any active Starbucks boycott over the cups, and one wonders if the whole thing was simply a public relations ploy.

However, there are many actual current boycotts. A quick search on the Internet will turn up scores of national and international companies which are the target of boycotts:

  • Adidas is being boycotted by environmental groups because they use kangaroo skin in some of their football cleats.
  • Caterpillar is being boycotted because they sold bulldozers to Israel.
  • Herbal Essences is being boycotted because of their animal testing policies.
  • Wal-Mart is being boycotted for being Wal-Mart.

And it’s not just companies. Canada, as non-threatening a country as you could ever hope to find, is being boycotted. Other countries being boycotted include Israel, Botswana, China, Japan, Venezuela, and Mauritius.

Personally, I don’t agree with a lot of things that many countries or companies do. I don’t like China’s one-child policy, or even their two-child policy. My personal belief is that any country that tells you how many children you can have—no matter what number they choose—is a tyranny. I have never liked Apple’s business policies very much, even before its CEO came out against religious freedom. And don’t even get me started on Mauritius.

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