Today is “Chick-fil-A” Appreciation Day and I expect it to be a huge hit.
That’s fine as far as I am concerned. This day gives the gay community a larger platform to educate why we are angry at the restaurant chain.
It’s not about it’s owner’s religious beliefs or opposition of marriage equality.
There are religious right organizations and talking heads (and unfortunately mainstream journalists) who are attempting to make it solely a religious issue.
They claim that Chick-fil-A doesn’t have an anti-gay agenda and that supposedly us “radical homosexuals” are demonstrating intolerance.
Let’s remind them what it’s all about.
In 2010, Chick-fil-A donated nearly $2 million to groups who make it their mission to attack the gay community through lies and distortions. These groups push several false notions from homosexuality is connected to pedophilia to the idea that gays can change their orientation – an idea frowned on by the legitimate scientific community.
According to Equality Matters, the Family Research Council is one of these groups:
The Family Research Council has been labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) for its propagation of known falsehoods about the LGBT community. For example, president Tony Perkins has a long history of false and inflammatory attacks, such as claiming that pedophilia is a “homosexual problem.” [Washington Times, 11/24/10; SPLC, accessed 6/27/12]
The Family Research Council employs Peter Sprigg, who once said that gays should be exported out of the United States:
and that “homosexual behavior” should be criminalized:
And let’s not forget FRC’s head, Tony Perkins, who has called gays vile, intolerant, and pawns of the Devil:
That is when he is not making ugly comments about gay children and their families (beginning at 3:10):
Let me be clear – there have been several elected officials attempting to use the power of their office against Chick-fil-A. I am not in favor of this.
However, I am equally bothered by the need of so-called Christians to deliberately sugarcoat the issue to the point of omitting several facts about the groups that Chick-Fil-A supports.
Chick-fil-A’s money supports hate and lies and the last time I checked, hate and lies are hardly Christian principles: