Two organizations that work very hard to maintain this status quo and roll back any protections that [gay people] may have are the Family Research Council and the Marriage & Family Foundation. For example, the Family Research council leadership has officially stated that same-gender-loving behavior should be criminalized in this country. They draw their pay, in part, from the donations of companies like Chick-Fil-A. Both groups have also done “missionary” work abroad that served to strengthen and promote criminalization of same-sex relations.
Chick-Fil-A has given roughly $5M to these organizations to support their work.
Chick-Fil-A’s money comes from the profits they make when you purchase their products.
This isn’t about mutual tolerance because there’s nothing mutual about it. If we agree to disagree on this issue, you walk away a full member of this society and I don’t. There is no “live and let live” on this issue because Dan Cathy is spending millions to very specifically NOT let me live. I’m not trying to do that to him.
Asking for “mutual tolerance” on this like running up to a bully beating a kid to death on the playground and scolding them both for not getting along. I’m not trying to dissolve Mr. Cathy’s marriage or make his sex illegal. I’m not trying to make him a second-class citizen, or get him killed. He’s doing that to me, folks; I’m just fighting back.
All your life, you’re told to stand up to bullies, but when WE do it, we’re told WE are the ones being intolerant? Well, okay. Yes. I refuse to tolerate getting my ass kicked. “Guilty as charged.”
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Do I think eating at Chick-fil-a makes one a horrible person? No, I do not. Do I think that calling for a boycott is going to hurt their bottom line? No, I do not, and I never did. Do I think that besides giving money to some morally reprehensible organizations, they do a great deal of good in their communities and are generally a good employer? Yes, as a matter of fact, I do.
But I also think that it is completely fair to call attention to where that money goes, and how it is used. This isn't about a benign expression of personal values. It is about actively working to maintain and expand a second-class existence for a minority of people.
I guess if you support that, you aren't necessarily a bigot. But you definitely are on their side.