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DEBATE: Chick-Fil-A Boycott: Eat More Chicken Or Not?

Many people in the LGBT community are calling for a boycott of Chick-Fil-A after the company publicly admitted they do not support marriage equality. Dan Cathy the CEO of Chick-Fil-A made the following statement regarding his stance on marriage:

Guilty as charged…We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives.

Chick Fil A Boycott DEBATE: Chick Fil A Boycott: Eat More Chicken Or Not?

Since making that statement, Dan Cathy has become a hot political topic, and the poster boy for anti-gay discrimination. According to various reports Cathy and Chick-Fil-A have donated over $2 Million to Christian organizations, some of which support traditional definition of marriage. In  an age where everyone is judged by their associations out of context, it has been noted that some of these organization have participated in discriminatory practices against gays, such aversion therapy. Other groups have lobbied against marriage equality. One organization in particular has been linked to an extreme Christian hate group in Africa that believes gays should be stoned to death.

Normally, I jump in on these issues of equality, but in this particular issue, I opt out. There isn’t any proof that Cathy or Chick-Fil-A donated to these organizations for the purpose of discriminating against anyone or that they were aware of these associations. They donated to these organizations, according to Chick-Fil-A, because they donate to many Christian organizations. Now, these particular organizations are being used to discredit a company that has done a lot of good in the Christian community. As a business, Chick-Fil-A employs all people, and do not deny anyone service based on their sexuality. There are gay Americans on the pay-rolls of Chick-Fil-A.

I have become frustrated with knee-jerk reactions, and litmus test of ones dedication to a cause. For example, so often the Right has demonized our President, and taken his relationships out of context to paint him as an “other”. President Obama is someone who is not from here, someone who has a communist agenda, someone who pals around with terrorist, or a secret cell Muslim with an agenda to destroy America. Mind you the only proof they have for these accusations come by loosley linking the President to organizations or through his associations, and distorting those relationships to create this anti-American political picture. They have done it to Planned Parenthood, Eric Holder, Jeremiah Wright, and Shirley Sherrod. Are we now doing it to Chick-Fil-A? It finally clicked, why a pro-life person wouldn’t want to give their money to Planned Parenthood or their tax dollars? Because any money funding that organization in their opinion is funding murder. It’s a matter of absolute moralism for them, even though I don’t share that philosophy when it comes to Planned Parenthood. For me it’s about women’s health. But the absolute moarality of the situation is why my friends would boycott Chick-Fil-A; no money[PERIOD] toward discrimination!!!

However for me, until their is proof that Cathy and Chick-Fil-A actually are associated with these organizations because of their discriminatory practices, I am not joining the boycott. I am certainly not going against a Christian organization because the Liberal media says so. I have seen first hand how the left demonize religion for political gain as well, and I am a member of the left. It’s hard being a Christian and a Liberal. While debating the topic of Chick-Fil-A on Facebook, two friends who I love dearly, have painted this debate in terms that I don’t agree with. That if I continue to buy Chick-Fil-A that I support discrimination, or that I will be on the wrong side of history.

That is certainly not true! Not fair!!! I believe in equality for all, and as Christians our duty is to love. Jesus said it plainly!!! I believe people should be able to do with their lives and bodies whatever they want as long they are not hurting or destroying others. Who am I to tell you lawfully who you can and cannot be with? Every relationship with God is personal. However, if every purchase is a litmus test on where I stand on issues, I feel I will not have anything left to buy. For as sure as there is a human being in charge, that business will be flawed, and linked to something foul. So I reserve my right to opt out on this particular fight until there is definitive proof of bigotry. But I am sure there are more issues out there where I can battle bigotry and inequality.

Lastly, we all have our justifications. I will not a buy a R Kelly album or listen to his music because I don’t want my money going toward pedophilia. However, I will buy a Chris Brown album. Call me a hypocrite, but it’s something about pedophilia that I find more disturbing and less forgiving than domestic violence. I know it’s not right as a philosophy, but it’s my thing. I have little tolerance for infidelity and gray areas in marriage and divorce. I can care less if a person is gay or straight, because it’s too consenting adults. But cheating on spouses destroy lives and families. Intolerance for infidelity in marriage, is my thing. My basic point is that you have to do what feels right to you, and chose your battles wisely. I believe as a consumer people have the right to support companies that are best aligned with their ideology, however I do respect Free Speech even if I don’t agree with the philosophy. If you feel like boycotting Chick-Fil-A, I support your decision. If you feel like Eating More Chicken, I support you, too.

 

 

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7 Comments

  1. Last time i check this was a free country why is it when someone disgree with Gay marriage it’s a promble. It’s their God given rigth to choose same sex like it that man God given right to state how he feels. I can see if he had a Big sign in the store sayen NO GAY CAN EAT HERE like the did black people. I’m a Baptized Christain Act2:38 and i agree with him 100% people lets agree to disagree and move forward .www.padfield.com

  2. Re: Planned Parenthood … “For me it’s about women’s health”

    Health? It is not healthy or natural to have your unborn child killed inside of you. A woman suffers more health issues mentally, morally and physically from such a violent act then if the baby was carried full term and delivered.

    So what “womens health” are you talking about? I know many many many woment who have had their babies killed in their wombs, and not a one of them were killed for “the womans health” maybe for convienance never for health.

    • I didn’t say abortion is about women’s health. You just read my whole argument of framing debates, and here you go. No where did I say abortion is about women’s health. The “it” I was referring to was Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood is about women’s health for me, and since 97% of their funds go toward cancer screening, birth control, and check-ups, I will continue to support them for those things. I also just said I understand why people wouldn’t support Planned Parenthood…Thank you!!!

    • One more thing, I didn’t say that it was healthy to have your unborn child killed, do NOT attribute thoughts I didn’t make or imply.

      So the women’s health I am talking about is as described as above. Cancer screening both breast and cervical, is that not women’s health? Birth control to prevent unwanted pregnancies, and to regulate hormones, and treat some cancers…is that not women’s health? Yearly check-ups and well women’s check-ups, as well as prenatal care…is that not women’s health? Surgical services…that don’t include abortions, is that not women’s health.

      Again the whole point of this article was to not frame arguments in terms that are unfair. Again, I will continue to support these health services for women…and if you chose not to, then good for you. That’s ALL!!!!

  3. Sorry it took me so long to leave my 2 cents…

    Sometimes I think we are our own biggest obstacles. We can’t have it both ways; we hold onto the freedoms that this country affords us, yet we want to become irate when others speak their minds under these same freedoms.

  4. sorry…hit enter too soon!

    I like Chick-Fil-A. Do I like the stance the owners have taken? No. Will it stop me from eating a chicken sandwich? No. But it is not my call to boycott their opinion. Because that is just what it is…an opinion. Yes, they put their money behind politicians and causes that support their opinion, but so do I.

    I think a boycott is too strong. I think it is a waste of time. If a person feels strongly that they can no longer eat at Chick-Fil-A because of this, then that is their choice.

    • Well said. I guess since I have been blogging for years, I understand how the media frame arguments to pin one group against another. I have done it myself. However, I have never heard the founder or his family say anything discriminatory against any group of people. There is NO evidence that he gives to these groups out of bigotry. I guarantee if people dig they will find instances where his money is linked to better and greater causes of equality as well. I am tired of crucifying people on limited information. Turning something that is good into evil because of reading an article that said as much.

      I also agree people do have a right to their opinions, and when we have a mob mentality that tries to silence that voice, it feels like we have crossed the line of tolerance. The same Constitution that protect civil rights, is the same Constitution that allows us all to be free thinkers. That means we will not like what everyone says or does, but it’s up to each individual to decide how to react.

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