William Hamby on the Chick-fil-A issue:
Chick-fil-A has decided to market itself as a Christian Values Company. Specifically, they’ve decided to espouse bigotry against homosexuals. They’re in for a penny, in for a pound. Consumers get to decide whether they want to buy a product with that image. From now on, every time a homosexual is seen with a Chick-fil-A sandwich in hand, they are fair game for the question, “Why are you supporting a company that hates you?” It’s a valid question.
Chick-fil-A isn’t just in the business of voicing bigotry, either. They actively promote it. In 2010 alone, they gave over $2 million to companies who are doing much more than speaking freely about how much they hate gays. They are using it to:
- support constitutional amendments banning gay marriage.
- fund media campaigns encouraging bigotry.
- fund and promote “reparative therapy,” otherwise known as “pray the gay away” therapy, which has been scientifically proven to be neither reparative nor therapy, and which has been demonstrated to cause harm.
- indoctrinate college athletes into bigotry and hatred of homosexuals.
- fund grants for anti-gay groups like Focus on the Family, Family Life, and the Family Research Council, all of which actively teach bigotry to children who are not old enough to know better.
- lobby legislators to teach lies about gay marriage and the children of gay parents.
For people like me who would vote in favor of gay marriage, and would teach the facts, and would never discriminate against someone because they were gay, there are good reasons for choosing not to buy Chick-fil-A. Giving our money to this company would be like a staunch Democrat stroking a check to the Republican election fund. Chick-fil-A is actively pursuing a social agenda that is not just distasteful to us, but is in fact the very agenda promoted by our political enemies. Each penny of profit we give to Chick-fil-A is a penny we are donating to those who would legislate inequality.