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?


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

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

  2. Please feel free to donate to McKinley Presbyterian Church and Foundation, The church is a member of the More Light Presbyterians,, 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.

  3. Did you think Chick-fil-A was the only one?
    The List: Food Companies that Mix Business with Conservative Agendas

  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, any and everything that I can do.