Earlier this summer Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy brought about a swarm of angst against his corporation with his famous “guilty as charged” line referring to his monetary support of groups that fight to prevent LGBT equality; or put another way simple human equality. Like many Americans who believe universal human equality is paramount to the success of a free and democratic society, I elected to stop eating at Chick-fil-A. To be honest, it was a very tough thing for me to do because you see, I really like Chick-fil-A’s chicken. I mean REALLY like their chicken!
There is not a single instance in which I pass a Chick-fil-A that I don’t ask my wife-tears nearly welling up in my eye-why it couldn’t have been another fast food chain that I could more easily live without. Because of this, I cannot begin to explain the joy I felt seeing that Chick-fil-A had decided to cut off funding for non-profits that have political agendas. Finally, I thought, Chick-fil-A has had change of heart. Could it be that my personal boycott of their tasty, juicy chicken sandwiches could come to an end?
Apparently Chick-fil-A reached the agreement with an outspoken Chick-fil-A critic and Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno that would resolve the whole mess. Chick-fil-A wants to expand their operations into the Windy City but in order to do that they needed to stop the outspoken alderman from publicly opposing the expansion. Thus a deal was struck; or so it appeared. Chick-fil-A would cease funding anti-LBGT groups among other concessions and in turn Alderman Moreno would cease opposing their expansion into Chicago.
Just as my taste buds were getting geared up for an all night chicken binge I learned that both I and Alderman Moreno had been duped. You see, it appears that just days after Chick-fil-A had agreed to stop funding bigoted groups, Dan Cathy on September 18th, tweeted a photo from a fund raiser for the anti-LBGT group Marriage and Family Foundation. The WinShape Foundation which Chick-fil-A operates was hosting a 200 mile couple’s motorcycle ride called “WinShape Ride for the Family” with an entry fee of $3,500 per couple with options to pledge $5,000, $10,000, or $15,000 to Marriage and Family Foundation. In order not to appear to be donating to the group, participants were asked to make checks payable to Marriage and Family Foundation and not the WinShape Foundation or Chick-fil-A. Sponsorship packages were reported to have displayed the Chick-fil-A logo as well as that of the WinShape Foundation.
While Dan Cathy and the folks at Chick-fil-A have claimed to stand for Christian principles, their actions have proven to be anything but Christian. In their actions against the LBGT community, they have proven themselves to be bigoted, aggressive, and intolerant. They clearly do not love their neighbors as they do themselves and now they have outright lied to elected officials and to the public for monetary gain.
At first I was willing to give them the benefit of doubt in believing that their bigotry was simply their misinterpretation of Jesus’ teachings. I was willing to simply boycott their stores. Now that they have proven to be filthy rascals in addition to being bigots, I believe it is time for action. It is time for Americans to stand behind Alderman Moreno and support other such leaders around the country to prevent Chick-fil-A from expanding anywhere.
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