Why I Won’t Be Eating at Chik-fil-a Today or Any Other Day

 

Well, at least until they quit funding assholes like the Family Research Council and those “pray the gay away” morons at Exodus International. Until then, damned if I’ll help fund a campaign that seeks to marginalize, discriminate and malign people I care about. Unfortunately, many  people don’t get it. I’ve been accused of denying the Cathy’s free speech, stepping on their right to believe whatever they want. Let me say once and for all, Mr. Cathy and his family have the right to believe whatever they choose, even though I think they’re wrong. They also have the right to give money to whatever groups they choose. By the same token, I can choose not spend my money with an organization that hurts people I care about.

It would be nice if that were the end of it, but it’s not. Shortly after Dan Cathy affirmed he and his family’s opposition to same-sex marriage, the first big blowback came when the Henson people notified them they would not be partnering with the company any longer. Shortly after that, the company pulled all the Muppet toys from their kid’s meal, saying there were safety issues and completely ignored the real reason for the toys being gone. If that wasn’t enough, Chik-fil-a’s pr geniuses got caught making up Facebook pages supposedly belonging to teen-age girls who defended the company’s actions. It’s gone downhill from there. Supposedly, Billy Graham wrote the following letter of support:

“DEAR FRIEND,

Just a few days ago, Dan Cathy, President of Chick-fil-A, affirmed his stance on the sanctity of traditional marriage. The restaurant chain has been, and continues to be, under a concerted attack from same-sex marriage advocates.

I applaud the courage of Cathy to take a bold stand for the biblical definition of marriage between a man and woman in a culture that has grown openly hostile to the Christian faith and its followers.

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has called for a National Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day on Wednesday, August 1, to demonstrate support for the company. I would like to join with him, and ask that, if you live near one of their restaurants please drop by and let them know how much you appreciate them and their stand.

I have known Dan and his father, Mr. Truett Cathy, for many years, and I respect how their company was founded upon and operates by Christian values.

In the words of the bold, biblical prophet Daniel who refused to bow to the culture of his day: “The people who know their God will display strength and take action” (Daniel 11:32, NASB).

Thank you and God bless you.

Sincerely,

Billy Graham”

As Steve Knight says, Billy Graham is not an anti-gay bigot. What he is, is a 93-year-old man in the latter stages of Parkinson’s. Personally, this has Franklin’s fingerprints all over it, just like the full-page ad supporting Amendment One not long ago. That’s pretty pitiful.

I got into a Facebook “discussion” last night with a few Chik-fil-a supporters and had a devil of a time convincing anyone that I wasn’t out to deny the Cathy’s any of their rights, I just wasn’t going to spend money with a company whose policies I wholeheartedly. Later on, I was reading an article from Fred Clark (aka Slackivist). Brother Clark described the situation thusly:

Young describes this as mainly a “controversy … over Chik-fil-A president Dan Cathy’s stance against same-sex marriages.”

This misunderstands, and fundamentally misrepresents, the complaint of those who are upset with Chik-fil-A. Unlike Young and the Christianity Today crowd, these folks don’t primarily view the world through the lens of “stances.” They’re not upset with Cathy’s “stance,” but with his actions.

 That’s me, right there at the end. I’m not upset at Cathy’s stance, but with his actions. In spite of those actions I will not protest at a Chik-fil-a. I will not tell others they shouldn’t eat there. I will not participate in civil disobedience or go in today and ask only for water to see just how their Christian principles go. I will not stop others from doing that, however. I will not mock their protests, boycotts or other actions. They are welcome to them, on both sides. I’m out of all that crap. But, I will not put money in Chik-fil-a’s coffers so they can pass it on to hate groups like the FRC. I’m not stupid.