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Are we morally obliged to boycott businesses that support abortion or that grant same-sex benefits to employees?

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Are we morally obliged to boycott businesses that support abortion or that grant same-sex benefits to employees?


You are under no moral obligation to boycott a business that offers morally good or morally neutral products and then spends its proceeds in a morally objectionable manner.

What can be done, and what many pro-life people choose to do (they are not morally obliged to do so), is to band together with other like-minded consumers and refuse to buy from one particular business to encourage that business to stop supporting a morally objectionable practice. Boycotts, when done in a responsible manner by concerned consumers seeking social justice, can be meritorious actions. But people are not morally obligated to join them.

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  1. Ben Fitton Reply

    This relieves me somewhat as I’ve been worried about this one for some time. However, I was wondering if you could go into more detail? Why is it not an obligation to boycott a business that supports morally reprehensible things such as abortion or gay marriage? For instance, I thought it would be a moral obligation not to pay taxes for government funded abortions or a similar situation. Is this somehow different, or is it dependent on the situation or severity of the morally reprehensible actions they are supporting? Thank you for all your thought provoking and helpful answers 🙂

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