The Catholic League have accused Microsoft of ‘exploiting’ Christmas to promote equality.
Earlier this month, the technology giant released a festive advert that showcased a range of activists encouraging love and acceptance, including reality star Jazz Jennings, one of the world’s youngest trans role models.
It also features seven-year-old Zea Bowling, who went viral when she stood up to a homophobic preacher, and Mona Haydar, a Muslim-American woman who invites people to “ask a Muslim” over coffee and doughnuts.
Despite receiving a warm response, some have taken offence at the advert’s message – Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, has released a statement accusing the company of “pushing” an agenda.
He said: “Ask any schoolboy what the meaning of Christmas is, and he will say it celebrates the birth of Jesus. Ask the ideologues at Microsoft, and they will say it means whatever their politics dictate.
“This year it represents an opportunity to exploit Christmas by pushing the LGBT agenda.
“If the bi-coastal elites at Microsoft really believe in diversity, then let them have their LGBT celebrations in June during gay pride month, and leave December to Christians.”
It’s not the first time Donohue has faced controversy – earlier this year, the Catholic League placed an advert in the New York Times comparing LGBT activist Dan Savage to a former Ku Klux Klan leader.
You can watch Microsoft’s Christmas advert below.