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The Christian Right is Trying to Chick Fil A The Gay Away.

In addition to serving up lousy chicken, Chick Fil A is serving up a piping hot dish of hatred and bigotry. While many right wing Christians are defending the Cathy family’s right to free speech by showing up in droves to eat some really shitty food, they are either ignoring or covering up the fact that Chick Fil A has contributed millions to Christian hate groups who exist solely to discriminate against the LGBT community.

Since 2003, Chick Fil A’s charitable arm, the WinShape Foundation has donated over 8 million dollars to several anti gay Christian organizations under the pretense of upholding traditional family values. The list is a who’s who of hate groups:

• Marriage and Family Foundation
• Fellowship of Christian Athletes
• National Christian Foundation
• New Mexico Christian Foundation
• Exodus International
• Family Research Council
• Georgia Family Council

In 2010, nearly 2 million dollars was donated by WinShape to these 7 groups, who in turn used the money to promote their homophobia. In addition, Chick Fil A VP Dan Cathy launched his own hate group in 2007: Formerly known as the Marriage and Family Legacy Fund, the Marriage and Family Foundation is a Cathy funded, Cathy led project of the Anti-Gay Marriage CoMission. This coalition of anti marriage equality groups features hate filled homophobic lunatics such as Alan Chambers from Exodus International, and Barry Sheets from Citizens For Community Values: These two men make Rick Santorum look like a progressive!

If Dan Cathy wants to make moronic statements, that is indeed his right. In turn, I as well as many like me have the right to criticize him, as well as not spend our money on his nasty food. However, when the Cathy family has a documented history of promoting hate and inequality, that’s where many of us draw the line. It’s not about the First Amendment in this case: It’s about fighting back against a corporation who so willingly leads the way in the war against a group of people who wish for nothing more than to enjoy a life filled with love and equality.

The Cathy’s are not the victims, they are the oppressors. As such, they deserve to be under attack for their deplorable ideology and actions. They have earned whatever retribution that comes their way.

Maybe we can gay away the Chick-Fil-A 😉

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  1. August 2, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Are they ignoring it? I doubt they view them as hate groups so I doubt they care much that the company has made financial contributions to groups against gay marriage. Regardless, I doubt they appreciate this line you have drawn that somehow the first amendment no longer applies because you disagree with their policies.

    Legally you can’t do anything big to oppose them, so the only practical effect of your opposition is to make Christians want to visit them and boost their business. You are helping them get more money to donate to these groups.

    I support gay marriage and have no desire to boost their business.

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    • August 2, 2012 at 11:34 am

      This is not an issue of the First Amendment. If Dan Cathy wants to put his chicken fried comments about family values and his opposition to marriage equality, so be it. However, his actions speak volumes louder than his words: he not only donates money to discriminatory groups, he leads one himself. If I remember the Constitution right (and I do), discrimination is illegal in this country. These organizations are hiding behind religion to promote hatred and inequality. I have no problem with the shit storm they have brought upon themselves.

      I seriously doubt that anything I post on this blog will spur anyone to eat there just to spite me or my opinions: if right wing Christian homophones want to poison themselves with bad junk food, that’s their right. They can wave their family value Christian hate spreading banners all the way through their gravy and waffle fry induced heart attacks.

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      • August 2, 2012 at 5:09 pm

        It doesn’t say discrimination is illegal in the constitution. It in fact strongly protects religious people’s right to discriminate and do as they wish and protects them from government interference in their business. It protects their right to donate to causes that support their religious beliefs.

        By saying that they are illegal, and various people threatening legal punishments you are intimidating them rather ineffectually. Being opposed to gay marriage is not illegal (as is blatantly obvious) so you can’t actually do anything. Open hate is counterproductive and serves as free advertising for them.

        It’s not like you can’t express your opposition to things without asking the government to punish them.

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        • August 2, 2012 at 7:03 pm

          Where in my post am I asking the government to do something? All I said was that they are not the victims in this matter, and deserve the shit storm that has fallen upon them.

          As for separation of church and state, the groups mentioned in the post have all interjected themselves in the political process. That argument carries no weight with me.

          As for drawing attention from the opposition? If nobody spoke out against what they thought was unjust, because of fear of what the opposition might do, we would still have slavery, women and children treated as property, no civil rights movement, etc.

          I respect your point of view, but we’re going to have agree to disagree. Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. mamaweso
    August 2, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    So it’s okay for businesses to support LGTB efforts, but a business owned by someone with differing values and beliefs shouldn’t be allowed to support groups that uphold their values? Yes, it is a First Amendment issue and you are being hypocritical in your insistence of tolerance.

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    • August 2, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      What if Chick-Fil-A and the groups they run and contribute to spoke out against interracial marriage? What if they contributed millions to the KKK? Would you be so quick to defend their right to spread hate and intolerance then?

      If Dan Cathy wants to believe that homosexuality is a sin, whatever. That’s his right. When Dan Cathy spends millions of dollars to infringe upon an entire group of people’s rights because of the way we were born, that’s discrimination.

      If speaking out against groups that openly discriminate makes me a hypocrite, so be it. However, I’m no more a hypocrite than those who choose to use religion to excuse their narrow minded bigotry.

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  3. August 2, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    You have a right to your freedom of speech, and they have a right to theirs. They are free to be political and religious. You are free to speak out against them.

    Is that all you want to do? Speak out against them? You can do that under freedom of speech whether they’ve made political donations or not. You said-

    ” While many right wing Christians are defending the Cathy family’s right to free speech by showing up in droves to eat some really shitty food, they are either ignoring or covering up the fact that Chick Fil A has contributed millions to Christian hate groups who exist solely to discriminate against the LGBT community.”

    I and the other person were assuming you were saying them exercising their hate of gayness politically and such meant that they should no longer have freedom of speech, and that anything went.

    If you meant the government should ban them and close them down, or that murdering them was ok that would be different but you could simply desire freedom of speech.

    In the past groups that thought anything goes tended to face the police and were shut down and people didn’t join them much because they were too radical. Successful improvement of people’s civil rights was achieved by non violent political action and protest, often aided by political action of various churches. They spoke out under current law.

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    • August 3, 2012 at 12:31 am

      LOL,you are a challenge aren’t you? I am aware of the church’s role in the civil rights process. I am also aware of the church’s role in pacifying the oppressed in order to keep them peaceful and obedient. I am also aware of the role religion played in oh so many wars through out history. Furthermore, I am aware that no less than two wars were started in our history because each POTUS of those two periods personally talked to God. There are both good and bad sides to religion, this is one of those times in which religion is bad. To effort diminish the rights of one group because of orientation is deplorable.

      I realise that what Dan Cathy has said and done is not illegal. It’s disgusting, but legal. I don’t expect the government to do anything, but I don’t disagree with what mayors and alderman across the country are doing either.

      In the grand scheme of things, my opinions mean little. However, it’s my little piece of the world, when I see bull shit, I’m going to call bull shit. In the case of the Cathy family’s being treated like a victim because their ideology and actions are under attack, I call bull shit.

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      • August 3, 2012 at 9:38 am

        Religious people have done stuff through history you disagree with. They are currently doing bad stuff. So mayors have tried to ban Chick fil a on a whim. It failed. Gay people are showed to be impotent and Chick fil a gets more customers.

        My point with mentioning the power of the church in the civil rights movement and the anti slavery movement and stuff is that picking a fight with the powerful church leads to worse conditions for gay people. Screwing with religious freedom annoys those who support gay marriage and those who oppose it.

        You can support the end of religious freedoms. You can support gay marriage. If you support them together the net result is Christians telling each other than gay people hate religion and if gay marriage comes about their churches will be shut down and their pastors imprisoned and raped in jail. They feel like victims.

        The result is that in elections and referendums Christians will vote against gay marriage whether they support it or not. Because you wanted to call bullshit and people listened.

        Divide and conquer works better.

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        • August 3, 2012 at 10:24 am

          Yes, divide and conquer is a tried and true tactic, but I don’t necessarily agree with it in this case. The company may have picked up customers for a short time, but in the long run, it will even out. In the meantime, a hell of a lot more people are aware of their dubious contributions to these hate groups. I honestly believe that will have a negative impact on them over time.

          History has proven that in order to attain measures of freedom and equality, we must be loud and persistent. Without resistance from determined and angry people, this country could still be under the rule of England. We could still have slavery, or at the very least, African Americans suffering under Jim Crow. Women could still have no rights what so ever.

          My point is that if you feel it’s worth fighting for, then you should fight, regardless of what odds you face.

          As for religious freedoms, I do not advocate the elimination of them. I don’t believe in religion, but it is everyone’s right to practice PEACEFUL spirituality as they choose. The organizations that Dan Cathy supports are not peaceful. They routinely conduct assaults on the rights of an entire group of people. They are armed with bibles and bigotry, and must be confronted. To work to deny someone what should be basic human rights is an atrocity, and an organization should be held accountable for their actions, even if it’s only in the court of public opinion.

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  4. August 4, 2012 at 12:35 am

    Or more likely, he will open many stores in republican towns and he will get lots of money. Numerous christians will buy fast food there, assured that by buying greasy chicken they can go to heaven. Gay people and democrats will be outraged, and will continue to moan, increasing business for Chick Fil A. The owner of the company will smile at a job well done, learning that insulting gay people works.

    Also, i still don’t know much about those hate groups. I googled Alan Chambers. He seemed like an ok guy. Said gay people can go to heaven and that you couldn’t pray away the gay. I honesty have no idea what they have done that is bad, other than be opposed to gay marriage. I’ve seen a few news articles that mentioned their donations but none actually explained why they were especially bad. Presumably some have done especially hateful things but I haven’t seen it in the news or your blog post.

    “History has proven that in order to attain measures of freedom and equality, we must be loud and persistent.”

    To the government. As the government has the power. Organisations win by making mass protests which convince politicians that the time for change has come and by convincing politicians that if they support them they will win votes. Not by challenging fast food chains that dislike gay people.

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  5. August 7, 2012 at 2:37 am

    😆 I love the title and the last line. And ITA with this:

    If Dan Cathy wants to make moronic statements, that is indeed his right. In turn, I as well as many like me have the right to criticize him, as well as not spend our money on his nasty food.

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