Monday, November 23, 2015

The Sprigg unglued over the latest CEI

Peter Sprigg

Monday, the Reverend Peter Sprigg, Family Research Council's expert on all things LGBT, question why companies are changing their policies affording equal employment opportunity. The “reasoning” is quite remarkable.

As American Family Association's “news” blog correctly observes:
Human Rights Campaign considers the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's 2016 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) to be the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees.

In the 2016 CEI report, 407 major businesses — spanning nearly every industry and geography — earned a top score of 100 percent and the distinction of “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.”
The piece is remarkably titled: “Advice for corporates <sic> amid HRC's agenda push: Be reasonable.” Quoting Sprigg, they go on to note:
"I'm not sure that all of these policies have been adopted because these companies think that it helps to operate their businesses better," he continues. "I think it's more of a matter of bowing to political correctness and, in some cases, actually wanting to avoid the threat of being accused of bigotry. So, I question the sincerity of some of these policies."
This demonstrates how utterly out of touch these people are — never having worked for a credible employer in private industry. There is considerable competition to attract the best employees. Fair employment opportunity not only attracts LGBT prospects but others who prefer to work for more progressive companies.

The piece gets worse:
Sprigg thinks it would be "reasonable" for corporates <sic> to take a neutral approach to these issues.

"If they want to hire homosexuals and transgender employees, that is certainly their business," he recognizes. "But when you get to the point of trying to impose that sort of policy on others, on the country through our legal system, or even on suppliers and contractors and so forth, then I think it's gone too far. I think we should stick with the free market and let the free market operate."
Imposing what on whom? What the fuck is this schmuck babbling about? All we ask is to be hired and judged by the quality of our experience and work respectively. Oh, I know. Sprigg wants things rolled back to what I experienced through much of my corporate career. My ex-wife remarried (I don't have an ex-wife) and my girlfriend always seemed to be on a business trip and unable to accompany me to corporate social events. At a New York bank, as a management trainee, I once worked for a miserable, nasty closeted gay guy. We never discussed our common “interests” but I knew and I think that he knew. He hated me.

Due to the closet for some of my business career I was that miserable nasty gay manager. Keeping all the lies straight, in combination with the added stress, is simply exhausting. It is energy that could have, and should have, gone to my employers. Once opportunity becomes unequal, people become closeted. What a waste. How many managers like Tim Cook simply died on the vine? How many still do?

Ultimately, Sprigg wants corporate America to be discriminatory. That is what he considers “reasonable.” That is also one of the reasons that his employer, Family Research Council, is an anti-gay hate group according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. American Family Association, which was the outlet for Sprigg's piece, is also labeled a hate group.

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