Can I call bullshit here? Chick-fil-a wants some love after encouraging hate.

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Chick-fil-a notice floating on FB this morning.

I’m a first amendment kind of guy, but I’m smart enough to know that what you say (or do) has consequences and you need to live with them.  As a refresher Chick-fil-a has donated some $1M towards anti-LGBT causes and publicly has acknowledged doing so and said it saw nothing wrong with supporting those causes they believed in.  Now they are all butt hurt that people who disagree with them aren’t letting them open new businesses and promoting boycotts of them.

With a few very highly publicized refusals to allow them open new restaurants because of their political stance and voice the folks at “The Liberty and Freedom Foundation” are trying to rally people to attend the restaurants in protest. At least according to this face book meme (pic attached) there is an effort to get them some love.  Maybe its time again for folks to consider exercising their free speech and gather in a picket in front of Chick-fil-a’s restaurants to educate folks on the hate this place supports?  I for one have boycotted the place since learning of their politics and encourage others I know to do the same. Often.

6 Replies to “Can I call bullshit here? Chick-fil-a wants some love after encouraging hate.”

  1. Americans are allowed their opinions and to donate their money as they see fit. If you don’t like it don’t dine there. Supporting one isn’t ‘hate’ of the other. I base my choice of restaurants on the menu, service and price … not on the religious views of the CEO.

  2. I’m all for *everyone* boycotting this place. But “first amendment guys” shouldn’t support a gov official using gov power to prevent a business from opening… That part is a free speech violation – not that anyone in the Chicago political machine would know or care.

  3. Boycotting a restaurant or other business because you disagree with their politics or business practices is a good exercise of your first amendment rights. A local government refusing to allow them to open a place of business is a restriction of those rights. It is the same as a conservative mayor refusing to allow a starbucks or apple store to open because of their donations to lgbt charities. Any business will not open a shop where they won’t make money. So if you don’t agree with them then don’t eat there. But don’t take away your own right to make that choice by having some local government authority make it for you.

  4. Thanks for the post. I too stopped going to Chick-Fil-A after I found out how they were using my money to support anti-marriage equality causes & groups, including groups that pushed for the Prop 8 marriage equality ban. The Chick-Fil-A total is over $5 million in this decade alone. http://equalitymatters.org/factcheck/201207020001 Shopping equals voting.

  5. I support the boycott as well. As for the first amendment argument – yes, people can say whatever they want, but your words have consequences. In this case the CEO (is that his title?) has stated a CORPORATE position – not a PERSONAL opinion. And this position has been backed up by corporate donations.

    As for the stated opposition to gay marriage, for me this comes down hard on the side of discrimination.
    Since sexual preference is a protected class under federal law such discrimination is (or should be) illegal.
    Imagine the uproar if he had come out against bi-racial marriages, or mixed religion marriages.

    In this day and age its time we as a society moved BEYOND tolerance to acceptance.
    Your religious believes don’t allow you to be a bigot any more than your geographic location allows you to be a racist.
    Religion is not a free pass to hate.

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