Tuesday, January 04, 2011

A Sandwich With a Side Of Bigotry

I am not a fan of fast food restaurants. I mean, do we really know what they put in the food? Do we have any idea whether the food they're selling is fresh, or sitting in some warming drawer waiting for a hungry guy or gal at the drive-thru? We don't; so I avoid fast food places at all costs.

Now, however, in addition to the mystery foods they may [or may not] serve, comes news that one such fast food place, Chick-fil-A, is donating some of it's money, which is actually some of your money, if you partake of their "chicken", to a rabidly anti-gay group.

Fast food and homophobia! One-stop shopping.

Up in Pennsylvania, a group calling itself the Pennsylvania Family Institute--and it makes me giggle that all these anti-gay groups like to use the word 'family...I mean, where the hell do they think gay people come from?--has been working overtime to try and pass a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

The event is co-sponsored by Chick-fil-A, It's called "The Art of Marriage," and is intended to be a launching point for Pennsylvania to return to "the biblical definition of marriage"--which means men can have as many wives as they want, and women will become property. I mean, that is the biblical definition of marriage, right?

So, if you're spending money on Chick-fil-A sandwiches, you're helping the Pennsylvania Family Institute deliver a message of bigotry and intolerance and inequality. And, do you want fries with that?

Of course, oddly, or not so oddly, enough, this isn't the first time Chick-fil-A has been connected to anti-gay issues; in 2009,  Chick-fil-A gave money to Focus on the Family, the anti-gay Colorado group founded by the Rev. James Dobson, who believes that marriage equality would be a worse disaster than Pearl Harbor.

So, yeah, if you want to promote hate and bigotry and intolerance, please, go right ahead. it's a free country. But maybe, just maybe, people who don't feel the same way as Chick-fil-A would like to take they hard earned cash and spend it at any number of other fast food restaurants.

I mean, you can believe that marriage equality will ruin everything in the world, because it's okay to believe what you want. But, you have to understand that intelligent people will perhaps use their belief systems to find another place to spend their money.

go to Change.org to sign a petition asking Chick-fil-A to rethink it's sponsorship of bigotry.


Writer said...

Chick-fil-a makes no bones about their affiliations. It is a Christian run business that plays gospel music in their dining rooms and is never open on Sunday. It shouldn't be surprising that they'd sponsor such an event.

I won't be eating there again. :)

Cubby said...

I won't be going there again either. But it's not like there are many around here. In fact I cannot think of one.
I spent a month in Montgomery, AL three years ago and tried them twice. First time the sandwich sucked. Second time it was okay but no better than Wendy's. You would not believe the throngs of obese people lined up there to celebrate fat and Jesus!

David Dust said...

I saw this over at Joe.My.God, and noticed that one of the events is in the town my Mom lives in. Which is really no surprise, because I'm from the conservative, backwards-ass, cousin-fucking part of Pennsylvania.

What WAS surprising to me was that I don't know of any Chik-fil-A's anywhere in the area. Any you know ME, I have a fast-food radar like no other. So a conservative, "Christian", backwards-ass fast food joint serving up deep-fried hate should be a big hit around there. I just wonder why there isn't a Chik-fil-A on every friggin' corner?

Wonder Man said...

I can't believe this! How could they?

Robyn said...

I'm not shocked. I remember when they had donated money to Focus On The Family not too long ago and the only Chick-Fil-A in San Diego County is in Escondido, one of the places were Bible-thumping rednecks want to drive out us "Messicans".

Biki Honko said...

For years now if there was any other alternative, as we really don't have a great amount of places to shop, I have refused to shop or buy products from companies that violated my values. If one of these franchises does come to Alaska, I'll know not to eat there.

This also pertains to the books I read. I really enjoyed "Enders Game" and when I discovered the views of the author, there is no way my money is ever going into his pockets, ever!

thanks for keeping us informed!

Beth said...

I am pretty lenient when it comes to shopping/restaurants, because choices are somewhat limited around here (especially when it comes to shopping). However, I haven't eaten at a Chick-Fil-A in some time, and don't intend to. This is just far beyond what is tolerable. I also refuse to shop at Hobby Lobby anymore (not that I go there often) because of their religious bent.

LOL My word verification is "taitzies." That is what Orly Taitz calls her boobs!

Anonymous said...

From other blogs I see that Chick-Fil-A has pulled their sponsorship.

Same thing played out here in RI several months back. Only this time it was NOM and Tim Horton's. And guess which company is no longer doing business in RI? Tim Horton's.

I suspect this will play out badly for Chick-Fil-A.

twunty mcslore said...

Mr. Chicken's better anyway, at least here in Cleveland.

Kyle Leach said...

It's funny how easily conservatives will do things that are sexist, racist, homophobic, etc, when they think no one will be paying attention to them. As soon as their actions are being scrutinized they pack up or start to revise their story. For them it is perfectly fine to hate, as long as your aren't going to get caught.

Anonymous said...

I think it's great that Chik Filet stands for their beliefs!!! I am a Christian and the Bible tells me that homosexuality is a sin. I am told to love all mankind I don't agree w/ Homosexuality and I don't think gay marriage is right but i still have to love all.. I don't think that makes me a bigot.