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Friday, July 27, 2012

We've Got 99 Problems, and the Chic is One

So this whole Chic-fil-A thing has me thinking.
I mean, I keep hearing people say they don't understand why we would be surprised by how they feel about gays and gay marriage, after all, they are a religious company. Well, I know plenty of religious people and Christian based companies that don't support Chic-fil-A's views and don't donate to such hate-filled groups like Chic-fil-A does. And I don't know of anyone who is "surprised" by any of this. In fact, those of us in the politically active segment of the gay community have been boycotting Chic-fil-A for years. YEARS!

Funny how only now, in an election year, do our actions get noticed by the mainstream.
Funny how only now does Chic-fil-A come out and admit to their donations those groups.
Funny how only now do our straight allies voice their opinions and take a stand along side of us.

We've been telling you and anyone else who would listen for half a second about Chic-fil-A and their endorsement of hatred in our country. We've been asking for years to stop contributing to their profits which get spent on donating to groups who want to repeal our right to marry in the few states that we've gained that right, and prevent us from being able to marry in the rest of the states. They have actively worked to restrict the rights of an entire segment of the population based solely on their very skewed belief system that says that we are less than, not good enough, and abominations.

I am even more perplexed at my fellow GLBT people who say things like, "I'm not gonna stop eating Chic-fil-A. What's the point? Just because I don't support their beliefs doesn't mean I have to stop eating there. My $5 isn't going to make any difference to them." or "But I like their food."

It would be one thing if the company simply said, "We believe gays/lesbians don't deserve the same rights as the rest of us." They certainly have the right to that belief, and I wouldn't feel so passionately about not contributing to their profits. But the fact is that they donate money, lots and lots and LOTS of money to groups and organizations that actively fight against the rights of the LGBT communities world wide. They donate to several groups who actually preach that gays and lesbians should be executed, in the name of honoring God, mind you. Because everything's OK if you're doing it in the name of God.  *eye roll*

And to put it all into perspective, your $5 combined with every LGBT and true LGBT supporter's $5 actually WILL make a difference in the pocket book of Chic-fil-A's owners. But more importantly, because hurting their bottom line is not the point, every $5 you spend at Chic-fil-A is another $5 going toward contributions to those political groups, groups with strong affiliations to our law-makers none the less, who are actively working toward restricting your rights. So the point is that by eating at Chic-fil-A you are actively donating to groups who seek to oppress you, and me, and all LGBT people everywhere. It's like buying the gun, the shovel, the plastic tarp, and the rope and handing it over to your murderer.

And if you are not LGBT, but you have friends and/or family who is LGBT and you believe that they should have the right to marry the person they love, the right to adopt and raise children who so desperately need a family to love them, you believe they have the right not to be fired from their jobs just because they are LGBT, then you are being hypocritical by continuing to patronize Chic-fil-A.
So you may SAY you support your LGBT friends/family, but in actuality, you are actively donating to the movement to criminalize, marginalize, and revoke and suppress the basic human rights of the very people you claim to support.

If this is the case, please STOP saying you support us. Because you don't.

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Reb said...

Angie, you have said a mouthful there! I am always pleased to read your posts, because they are well thought out and passionate.

Mike said...

I think that you will find that every GLBT hater had a bad run in with a GLBT when they were growing up. And they can't and never will get over it.

Fortune Cookies said...

Mike that's an interesting theory, but for me it doesn't make sense. I had a bad run in with a cardboard box growing up, but I don't hate all cardboard boxes now. And I had an extremely bad run in with my bicycle and some loose gravel, but I neither hate nor campaign against bicycles or gravel today. There was this one red-headed boy that used to bully me pretty badly, but I don't hold anything against men or red-heads, in fact, I dye my hair red quite a bit. I think that people can use a bad incident with one individual person/place/thing as an excuse to express their unjustified hatred toward the whole group, but I don't think it is a valid cause for such vitriol.