‘I highly doubt that when shareholders invest their hard-earned money with IBM they anticipate those funds will be used to try and root out Christianity…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) IBM executives lied about the company’s involvement with one of the nation’s leading anti-religious-freedom organizations, according to a conservative corporate-watchdog.
At the annual meeting of IBM investors on Tuesday, Justin Danhof, director of the Free Enterprise Project, asked IBM CEO Ginni Rometty why the tech giant continues to give money to the Human Rights Campaign—an LGBT activist group that often targets Christian conservatives in an effort to suppress their voices.
“HRC is perhaps the nation’s leading opponent of religious liberty,” Danhof said during the meeting, according to a press release. “HRC threatens and organizes boycotts when states seek to enact laws protecting the right of people to act according to their faith or to use a bathroom in privacy that matches their DNA.”
Danhof said IBM was one of the group’s top donors.
“HRC also works to dictate corporate philanthropy away from conservative and Christian organizations,” he continued. “I highly doubt that when shareholders invest their hard-earned money with IBM they anticipate those funds will be used to try and root out Christianity and oppose religious liberty.”
After the confrontation, Rometty gave an “entirely incoherent response,” according to Danhof.
She claimed that the company was a “strong defender of religious liberty and freedom of speech, and did not support discrimination of any kind,” Danhof said.
“Those are fine words, but IBM’s actions don’t match that rhetoric,” he added.
The HRC regularly advocates for gender-neutral restrooms, LGBTQ education in school curriculums and the punishment of any person or group that refuses to capitulate to its agenda.
By funding the HRC, IBM is funding “anti-religious bigotry” and opposing “freedom of speech,” Danhof said.
“Left-leaning groups, led by the HRC, have coopted much of corporate America into their opposition of religious freedom laws, decency laws and general freedom of association,” Danhof said. “We are here to say enough is enough. Religious liberty is one of America’s founding traditions. Why would corporate America stand in the way of that freedom?”