Thursday, July 26, 2012

If you hate Chick-Fil-A for being Christian, better boycott In-N-Out too!

UPDATE: I am by no means a great writer, or even a particularly good one...sometimes a girl just has to vent! But my friends the SLOB's are exceptional writers, and Beers with Demo has an elegant and biting post on this Chick-fil-A insanity, please check it out.

Let me start by stating that I am not a Christian and I do support gay marriage. Took a while to get to this place, but I don't believe gay marriage to be an erosion of family sovoreignty (of course this piece of lunacy out of Cali might contradict me...and I do think the coming tide of plural marriage is an offense to women everywhere).

Enter the Chick-Fil-A uproar. Co-Founder Dan Cathy was recently asked about the company’s charitable support of organizations that promote traditional marriage. He said, “Well, guilty as charged....We are very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”

OK...Chick-Fil-A donates to Christian organizations that support traditional marriage.

Does Chick-Fil-A discriminate against gay customers or potential employees?

Chicago area franchise owner, Lauren Silich, states that she is dedicated to, “serving all of our guests with honor, dignity and respect. . . . We alone created 97 jobs this past year and our passion is building leaders for future generations, regardless of sexual orientation or beliefs.... We hold fundraisers for hospitals, schools, fallen police, and we donate to a wide variety of causes, including everything from churches to gay and lesbian organizations.”

Soooooo...sounds like the restaurants do NOT discriminate against gay customers or employees.

Yet Chicago authorities have announce that a second Chick-Fil-A will not be allowed to open in the city because the company discriminates.


Mayor Rahm Emanual said, “Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago values. They’re not respectful of our residents, our neighbors and our family members. And if you’re gonna be part of the Chicago community, you should reflect Chicago values” (what values? Like being the murder capital of America?)

OK, so the company doesn’t actually discriminate...but they will be blocked because of what the CEO thinks. Just let that sink in for a moment.

Of course Rahm Emanual is a gigantic hypocrite, rolling out the red carpet for anti-semite homophobe Louis Farrakhan.

What about any Hispanic Catholic owned businesses in Chicago? I bet the owners believe in traditional marriage, even if they treat all customers the same.

Or Muslim owned companies...led by folks who thing homosexuality is a sin against God...but must open their doors to everyone.

What's really going on? Who didn’t make the right Chicago-values donation to the right Chicago campaign? Or is Rahm making a sad final attempt to stir up the social divide for his buddy Barry?

The always tasteful Roseanne Barr added to the fray by Tweeting, “anyone who eats Shit Fil-A deserves to get the cancer that is sure to come from eating antibiotic filled tortured chickens 4Christ.” Classy! Oh, wait, she was corned into apologizing when she realized her statement had been screen captured by the world.

I'm pro-life (that's right pro-gay marriage and pro-life...what can I say I'm for love and the innocent)...should I start a ban on any businesses run by folks who beleive their bodies are more important than being responsible for the choices they make? Run them out of town for a Belief? Even if they treat me with dignity as a customer? Not in the America I know and love.

Now what? No more Christian run businesses? The Thought Police win?

Then it’s time to shut down beloved So-Cal founded In-N-Out Burger...a private corporation run by a Christian family. While there have never been accusations of discriminations against gay customers or employees, the owners have Christian THOUGHTS. They even print the numbers to Bible passages on their packaging! (GASP!!!). No, you like Double Doubles and In-N-Out is a sacred pop-culture institution? Well, ok, then. Carry on.

P.S. Wonder how many people hating on Chick-Fil-A this week have this bumper sticker on their cars?


drozz said...

muslims aren't down with gay marriage either. but yet they do far worse to gay folk than the christians do.

given the multitude of hypocratic hissyfits on display, my conclusion it's just more anti-christian fury.

K T Cat said...

Awesome post. Isn't this exactly what you would expect from fascists? Everything within the State, nothing outside the State as Mussolini liked to say. That means everything. Enforcing moral orthodoxy is part of it.

As for gay marriage, allow me to suggest a line of thinking you might not have considered. The greatest marker of poverty and social pathologies in the US is illegitimacy. Whatever cause might be in second place, it's so far behind as to be irrelevant. To date, there has been no plan that has ever worked to reduce illegitimacy save for society placing the traditional, married family above all other relationships.

My objections to gay marriage are not about gays, they are about the rest of us. It's just another step down the road of saying all relationships are equal. Not only are they demonstrably not equal, simply saying they are equal has been shown to be incredibly damaging to us all.

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Dean said...

Sarah, give yourself some credit. You are a great writer. Thanks for the link. Oh, and great post.

K T Cat said...

Linked again!

Geoff Geis said...

This is a straw man argument. No one was upset with Chick-fil-a for being Christian -- they were upset with Chick-fil-a because the company used its profits to fund organizations that worked to oppose marriage equality.

Though Christian, I've yet to hear any evidence that In-n-Out uses the money it gets from customers to push an agenda that restricts the freedoms of others. Again, those of us who are boycotting Chick-fil-a aren't doing so because of what the CEO thinks -- we're doing so because of what the CEO will do with our money if we spend it there.

Chick-fil-a has espoused its Christian values, unchallenged, for years. No one protests the fact that they close on Sundays, just like no one protests the fact that In-N-Out burger references the Bible on product packaging. The expression of religion is not the issue; the financial support of bigotry is the issue.

Vince Nocito said...

Contrary to popular belief, there are actually lots of Gay Christians, as well as Churches that support Gay rights. Just being Christian does NOT mean you are a homophobe- even though the media & right wing Christians would like you to believe that.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone actually read this anymore? A few things.

Chick-fil-a actively donates to campaigns that prevent me from being myself. Therefore, my and any patronage of them hurts me. They also actively donate to campaigns that support the execution of gays in third-world African countries, so there's that as well.

Me being gay has no effect on anyone else, whereas the company being homophobic has vast negative consequences for me.

Your example of the pro-choice business is the same. You patronizing a business that is pro-choice has no bearing or negative effects on you or anyone (a fetus is not a person) except allowing women to exercise their own choice in what is best for themselves. However, someone patronizing an anti-choice establishment that supports anti-choice causes affects all women in this country whose choices are being limited unjustifiably.

Anonymous said...

Unlike Chick-fil-a, In-n-Out may be christian but they are not actively seeking to deny me my rights or put me to death were I living in Africa.