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Shortly after my son was born, I told my husband if it turned out that our son was gay, I would probably have to cut off a good portion of my family. I was serious then and I still stand by those words. Oh sure, I had always been a supporter of the LGBT community. However, when I became a parent, I became an advocate with a clarity I had not possessed previously. I finally understood that it is not only about LGBT rights, but rather, human rights. Every member of the LGBT community is someone else's child and it was not enough for me to simply stand up for my own child's "potential" rights. No worries. I will not bore you (yet again) with details on my feelings regarding these issues, I have already written extensively about them in posts published here and here.
But this does bring me to the entire Chik-Fil-A "thing" and since it involves delicious chicken , I decided to place it here on Friday. Yes. As a family, we will no longer eat at Chik-Fil-A until they cease contributing to hate groups. Yes, the CEO has the right to say what he wants on just about any topic he wants. This is not about free speech. This is about a restaurant that has explicitly stated they do not want a certain segment of the population in their restaurants. And yes, that is EXACTLY what they have stated. The restaurant contributes to hate groups which seek to disenfranchise the LGBT population and it is inarguable they would welcome this group into their restaurants. Otherwise, how would that scenario work? "Um, sorry about that money that went to murdering gay Africans, enjoy your chicken sandwich??" After all, if Chik-Fil-A contributed to the KKK, it would be doubtful they would welcome African-Americans in their restaurants. Right?
I discussed this with my children in very simple terms -- Chik-Fil-A does not welcome people we care about into their restaurants and I mentioned names. Both of my children agreed that we really should not give our money to people who do not welcome our friends.
And I think that's all I have to say about that.
I do want to end with a few links that truly resonated with me on this particular issue.
First and foremost, Zoot wrote two eloquent pieces on her opinions regarding this:
It's Not About Ethical Spending...It's About Embarrassment Spending
Why I Cried
Zoot's posts meant a lot to me -- this is a topic that we have discussed before, off-line, the whole "how do we decide where to draw the line on boycotts?" After all, most companies are probably giving money to organizations and causes with which I do not agree.
And Owldolatrous Productions wrote this:
The Chick Fellatio: Stuck in the Craw
This is probably one of the best posts I have read on this. Period. (Hat tip to my friend Kara for the link. Kara gives me hope for Christians and shows me constantly that not all religious people are small-minded folks. Thank you, Kara.)