Well, there’s an entirely new issue for the pro-gay crowd to be pissy about thanks to this article in The Advocate. Apparently the homosexual rights crowd is up in arms over the fact that Chick-fil-A is donating a portion of their profits to organizations that are, in the words of The Advocate, “anti-gay”. Of course, that has set off a firestorm in the blogosphere, leading to further posts here and here.
I don’t find anything about Chick-fil-A’s charitable donations to be particularly newsworthy, regardless of what cause they choose to donate to. Nonetheless, I thought (especially as a former interim operator for CFA) that I’d add my two cents to the discussion.
The first thing to note upon reading the articles liked to above (and below) is the language that is used. One of the things you have to keep clear in your mind is that across the board, the issue is being framed in terms of Chick-fil-A being “bigoted” and “anti-gay” because of the charitable organizations they choose to donate a portion of their profits to. The organizations, as listed inThe Advocate are:
- The Fellowship of Christian Athletes – an organization primarily committed to evangelism.
- The National Christian Foundation – a Christian grant-making foundation based in Atlanta, Georgia.
- The Family Research Council – an lobbying organization that advocates against abortion, divorce, stem-cell research, pornography, and gay marriage.
- The Family Foundation – another organization similar to the NCF and FRC.
- Exodus International – the only one on the group whose primary mission is ministry to those impacted by homosexuality.
By this standard, I hereby declare that the following organizations are anti-Christian, due to their support for the Human Rights Campaign‘s anti-Christian agenda; after all the HRC is much more clearly anti-Christian than the FCA is anti-gay!
- Nationwide Insurance
- Bank of America
- British Petroleum
- MGM Resorts
- Beaulieu Vineyard
- Goldman Sachs
- Cox Enterprises
- Met Life
- Morgan Stanley
- TD Bank
The simple reality is that once you start throwing around terms like “anti-gay” and “bigot”, any possibility for logical, reasoned discourse ceases – which is exactly what these folks want. They simply want to shout down any opposition, and the fastest way to do that is to yell “homophobic bigot”. It’s just like naming someone a racist; it doesn’t have to be true, you taint them in the eyes of society just by saying it.
The other interesting thing, in my mind, wasn’t as much the article inTheAdvocate, it was the comments below the article. My personal favorites are the ones that include statements about what “ignorant assholes [Christians] are”, calling Christians “rotten ass basterd ass haters” [sic], and “misguided and ignorant”.
But note that it’s the Christians the own Chick-fil-A that are filled with hate. Certainly not the folks commenting. The folks commenting on the article are all highly tolerant individuals…
Until you disagree. Then they’re decidedly intolerant, aren’t they? Does anyone else smell a double standard?
- Prejudice With A Side Of Fries: Chick-Fil-A Reportedly Donates $2 Million To Anti-Gay Groups In 2010 (huffingtonpost.com)
- The Anti-Gay Chicken House. Poor Gay Chickens! (kylemarchand.com)
- Chick-fil-A Gave $2 Million To Anti-Gay Groups In 2010 (thinkprogress.org)
- Fuck You Chick-Fil-A’s. I know where my kids will NEVER be eating again. (rockstarronan.com)
- Chicken or the Gays: Make a Choice About Eating Chick-fil-A (gawker.com)
- “If You’re Eating Chick-fil-A, You’re Eating Anti-Gay” (dancleary.typepad.com)
- Northeastern University Bars Chick-fil-A From Campus (taxprof.typepad.com)