Thursday, August 02, 2012

Thoughts on Chick-fil-A

Since it seems to be the hot thing to do now, I thought I would add my two cents to the whole Chick-fil-A debate.

  • Chick-fil-A is an independent corporation and they can do whatever they want with the profit they earn — so long as they are not breaking any laws.  If we don’t like what they are doing with their money, we have the right to protest or organize a boycott. If other citizens happen to like what they do with their money, they are free to show their support.  That’s exactly how free-speech works.  
  • I’m surprised that this is all happening right now.  Chick-fil-A has been donating money to anti-gay causes for years.  Once Dee and I found out, we quietly organized our own little boycott.  We haven’t eaten at a Chick-fil-A in about four years.
  • I actually think this current furor over Chick-fil-A may be detrimental to the gay rights cause.  Chick-fil-A has now become a dividing point on the issue.  Everyone now has a team to rally to.  You’re either a Chick-fil-A supporter or you’re a Chick-fil-A detractor and the other side is just a bunch of stupid assholes.  That’s not debate and it’s not going to do anything to move us forward.
  • Why haven’t we stopped using the term “gay rights” and started using the term “human rights” in its place?  
  • I don’t have to agree with something to recognize that others have the right to do it.  I disagree with everything the KKK stands for but I understand that they have the right to run around in white pajamas and dunce caps and say hateful things.  I also have the right to make fun of their pajamas and dunce caps and completely dismiss their bigotry.
  • This is a religious issue.  Let’s not pretend that it isn’t.  Religion is a man-made system of beliefs based on what humans interpret a divine being to have passed down.  There are several versions of this and not a single one can prove the existence of their divine being.  That doesn’t mean that some kind of divine being does not exist, but it puts a major dent in your ability to claim that your religion is The Truth.  That means you don’t get to legislate your religion.
  • If it’s not clear, I’m saying that all laws pertaining to marriage should be immediately amended to include homosexuals.
  • Also, I’d like to see more posts about where I can go to donate money or time to pro-gay causes.  That seems like the real opportunity here.  Why haven’t I seen anyone trying to pass this information along?
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5 comments:

  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE this post, Jeff!!! Well said. I agree with this 100%.
    can I share your blog?

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    1. Thanks, Mary. Please do share if you would like.

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  2. Please feel free to donate to McKinley Presbyterian Church and Foundation, http://www.mckinley-church.org/. The church is a member of the More Light Presbyterians, http://www.mlp.org/, openly welcoming LGBTQA individuals to worship and encouraging full participation in church leadership. Both the church and foundation actively participate in movements locally and world-wide to further the rights of all people, everywhere. Or I am sure there is a More Light church closer to home.

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  3. Did you think Chick-fil-A was the only one?
    The List: Food Companies that Mix Business with Conservative Agendas
    http://gigabiting.com/the-list-food-companies-that-mix-business-with-conservative-agendas/

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  4. Brian - I just posted your comment on my FB page. I hope others will take a stance and donate to a cause that wants the same rights for everyone. I'm not gay, but have gay friends......I want them to be able to marry, adopt....do any and everything that I can do.

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