Boycotting Chick-Fil-A

I seem to have posted something that upset a lot of people and was told to post an apology. I am sorry,
but I will have to refrain from apologizing for something that I believe in.

I have always, and will be, a supporter of the LGBT community. I have voted for their rights, as well have voted for openly gay candidates in elections. I like to spend my time and money in LGBT communities and businesses, because I can sort of identify with them on being discriminated against. Now, while I absolutely do not agree with the views of Chick-Fil-A CEO Dan Cathy, I still support his right to express his opinion and spend his money however he wants to. Do I support where he is throwing his money for support? Hell no! I do not support that he donates his private profits to anti-gay groups which is why I am no longer eating that delicious chicken. Yes, it is tasty, and I can easily do without if it means supporting my fellow human beings. However, constantly being bombarded by the media about Chick-Fil-A hating gay people is rather tiring.

So how do we solve this? Do we boycott? Sure, go ahead. It’s our right to boycott whatever we want. Do we allow the cities of Chicago and Boston ban Chick-Fil-A from opening in their cities? No. I do not think that is right. Since we as Progressives and Liberals want the government to stay out of our sex lives, it would be hypocritical to support government banning a business from opening just because they do not agree with the CEO’s views. Why is it okay to defend Muslims against profiling and Islamphobia in the name of the First Amendment, but when it comes to defending Christianity (which I am in no way defending it, either), it is not? Like I’ve said before, I understand and am against Chick-Fil-A and the Cathy family donating to causes that advocates killing gay people. That is why I am not giving them my money. For every Liberal that openly expresses their want of boycotting a company, five more stupid Conservatives will be right there in their places showing their support for bigotry. Let’s focus our support on the other dozens of companies that do support our stances, rather than being the left-wing tea party and jumping on every new cause to make a big ruckus about. Last month it was women’s rights, the month before that we were advocating to get Rush Limbaugh off the air, before that it was illegal immigration. Now with social media activism, it’s easier to express what is on our minds and heart that enables our fingertips to write without thinking first, and usually it’s the hate that comes out more than the good. Screaming hatred in response to hatred is not the way to go about the issue. The way to go about it is to peacefully protest, through social media, and subsequently with your wallet.

I agree that Chick-Fil-A is a company that serves decent food in comparison to other fast food chains but I also acknowledge they promote bigotry, which is why I am boycotting. However, supporting one’s right to express their opinion does not make me less of a Progressive or a Liberal, but a true Progressive who is tolerating that person’s right, and openly disagreeing with it. Please, don’t let Chick-Fil-A rants fill up my news station, sources, or news feed, because that isn’t what Liberalism is about. It isn’t about screaming louder than the opposition or being more hateful and belligerent than they are. Let’s promote companies who support our causes, so they in turn can donate to causes we truly care about to move this country forward.

 

Edited by: Manny Schewitz

2 Comments

  1. I’d like to see more information about any official calls to prevent CFA from opening restaurants. I know there have been some strong statements suggesting that it wouldn’t be a good business move because some communities won’t support it, but I haven’t seen (which does NOT mean it hasn’t happened) any public official actually try to ban them or prevent them from building in their town. The closest I’ve seen has been some student action to have CFAs removed from campus food courts.

    That said, I don’t think you owe anyone any apologies, and I agree with you in that I don’t think that government-level action is necessary or desirable. That would only give people an excuse to act like CFA’s support of hate groups is socially acceptable but politicians are caving to interest groups. it will send a much stronger message if we instead focus our efforts on reporting the news that conservative media refuses to, with regards to CFA’s financial contributions to anti-gay hate groups.

    Of course, the situations of employment discrimination – there are something like a dozen and a half current lawsuits pending against CFA for that – is absolutely a matter for the government to handle, but that’s done through court-ordered sanctions, not through statutory bans.

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