In the last few days, I’ve seen a lot of posts (mainly photos) on my Facebook feed from friends who participated in the Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day on August 1st. I’ve kept my mouth shut about it for the most part, although I have posted links to a couple of blogs that said things I wanted to say to those friends and didn’t.
So this is me taking a stab at saying what is on my mind. This is me trying to explain to those friends and family members who supported Chick-Fil-A why I won’t do the same. This is me disagreeing with their reasons for their support.
First of all, many of those who participated in CFA’s Appreciation Day missed the point of the boycott by supporters of gay marriage. Yes, Dan Cathy is a bigot. That doesn’t mean he isn’t entitled to his bigoted opinion, however. That wasn’t the point the boycott participants were trying to get across. This wasn’t a freedom of speech issue at all. Some of you may have deluded yourselves into believing that’s all there was to it, but you would be wrong.
Supporters of gay rights called for the boycott because of those groups that Dan Cathy gives his company’s profits to. Dan Cathy has given roughly $5 million to the Family Research Council and the Marriage & Family Foundation, which are essentially hate groups against gays. Oh, they dress it up nice, but that’s what they are, hate groups. They support criminalization of homosexuality, and they have worked both in this country and abroad to promote this agenda.
In 75 countries in the world, being gay is illegal. In many, the penalty is life in prison. In 9 countries, being gay is punishable by death. In many others, violence against gays is tacitly accepted by the authorities. These are countries where gays would be killed. That’s right, killed. The Family Research Council leadership has officially stated that same-gender-loving behavior should be criminalized in this country. These groups draw their pay, in part, from the donations of companies like Chick-Fil-A. Both groups (the Family Research Council and the Marriage & Family Foundation) have also done “missionary” work abroad that served to strengthen and promote criminalization of same-sex relations.
Does that sound like something you feel good about supporting? Because every time you buy something from Chick-Fil-A, that’s exactly what you’re doing. You’re supporting hate. This is the point that everyone involved with CFA’s Appreciation Day seems to have missed or ignored. The fact that Dan Cathy gives the money that customers spend in his stores to groups that actively seek to make gay people second class citizens in this country? That’s what had the majority of us so fired up.
So if you’re okay with supporting the work of hate groups, by all means, buy that overpriced, crappy chicken sandwich at Chick-Fil-A. If you’re appalled at the idea of supporting hate, then join the Chick-Fil-A boycott and don’t buy anything from CFA until they stop giving money to these groups. We have the power to make change. So speak the language that Dan Cathy will understand – loss of business and loss of profits.