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.
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.