Bigotry comes in many different forms in our day and age. Gay rights have increasingly been recognized by various state legislators and courts. Class warfare between gay rights advocates and anti-gay organizations have been more and more common. Many people believe that gay bigotry is Biblical. One such person is Amway co-founder Rich Devos, Billionaire former owner of the Orlando Magic who over shadows all affairs Amway. (Mr. Devos transferred ownership to his children with Bob Vander Weide being named official owner.)
Alticor, the parent company of Quixtar/Amway Global has recently engaged in an Accreditation of the tool and function businesses ran by their “top of the pyramid” kingpin distributors. A core part of their effort is to outlaw intolerance and bigotry is the implementation of a “Right to Differ” rule that states intolerance will no longer be accepted from Amway podiums, training materials or distributor recordings. Well known distributors like Dexter Yager have in years past used these venues to preach hatred against others to include non-distributors.
Amway is correct in enacting their right to differ rules, but at the very same time, their co-founder--by his own actions--has sought to stifle recognition of gay marriage. There seems to be very little tolerance in the heart of the Amway co-founder for homosexual and lesbian couples in the face of the “Right to Differ” rules being invoked against Amway kingpin distributors and their down line followers.
There is news that pro-gay protesters have appeared outside of the Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida, where gays and their supporters have protested what they feel is Amway funded bigotry. Their right to differ, they feel, is being ignored by Devos. Devos, I might point out has stepped down as President of Amway and lives out his retirement years giving speeches and controlling the purse strings of his Republican causes which have helped keep Amway operating in the face of recent Tool Scam scandals and a IBO rebellion of up to 100,000 distributors.
Amway has always promoted leadership and emulation of its leaders. If Mr. Devos's leadership is to be followed, then religious intolerance and bigotry is promoted to the devotees of the Amway's product based pyramid scheme (known to the rest of the world as the American Scam). This is a question of hypocrisy of the highest order. I am not trying to represent that homosexuality is either good or bad, but it just happens to be an increasingly accepted fact of life in our society for which legal protections are becoming common place. Our legal system increasingly seeks to prevent discrimination in housing, jobs, health insurance, religion and social and religious organizations--especially those which receive federal funding.
Amway has in the past requested and received tax concessions from law makers and the federal government. (Click here, here and here for more details.) I suggest that public intolerance by Rich Devos seeks to disenfranchise gays and lesbians and that any further requests for “special status” by Amway be carefully examined. Is Amway serious about enforcing its own “right to differ” rules and allow openly gay people to participate in their pyramid scheme? If Amway distributors are prevented from making anti-gay and anti-hate speech from the Amway stage, isn't it highly inappropriate for Mr. Devos to use his Amway profits to crusade against gay rights? Could protesters be coming to your next Amway rally?