Gay rights supporters recently publicized information showing that the Chick-fil-A president has given millions of dollars in support to WinShape, a group that donates regularly to anti-gay organizations like Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council.
Dan Cathy, the company’s president and son of founder S. Truett Cathy, when asked about the allegations on an Atlanta based radio program, said that the company is “guilty as charged” in its stance against gay marriage.
Gay rights groups, celebrities and other organizations have made public statements calling for a boycott on the company. The Jim Henson, Co. pulled the Muppet toys from kids' meals and the mayors of Boston and Chicago told the chain it is not welcomed in their cities. Gay and lesbian groups called for protests wanting same-sex couples to kiss at Chick-fil-A locations on National Same-Sex Kiss Day.
The company released a statement saying, “The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect -- regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender.”
What baffles me is this: Why is this man and business being persecuted for personal opinions and beliefs that go against other individuals’ beliefs and opinions. I don’t understand why politicians are getting involved in this situation and why people feel the need to protest against this business owners’ opinion on an issue.
I can understand the gay rights supporters being offended by his beliefs, but if individuals don’t agree with the organizations Chick-fil-A chooses to support, then those individuals are free to not patronize their restaurants. If the Jim Henson, Co. chooses to pull toys from the kids’ meals, then that’s their choice as well.
Southwest Airlines is known for having beef with fat people (have refused them to fly upon boarding if they’re deemed ‘too fat’ for a seat, etc.) So you know what, my fat self doesn’t fly Southwest. I fly American. Big deal! I’m not losing any sleep over it.
I'm sick to death of this "you have to love and accept everyone" attitude that we’re all supposed to encompass. I’m sick to death of people biting their tongues or having to be politically correct rather than being able to voice their opinions, however unpopular they may be.
A friend of mine, Lauren Richoux, who happens to be gay said it best, “It’s [Dan Cathy’s] right to say he doesn’t agree with homosexual lifestyles or that he doesn’t support gay marriage. It is also my right to say that I do not agree with him and I think that thought process is stupid. Nevertheless, these people sell some delicious chicken and the most delightful waffle fries that I have ever tasted.”
So let’s move on from the Chick-fil-A drama and focus on more important things… like the political crises enveloping our parish, state and nation.
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Posted on Fri, August 3, 2012
by Laurie Laine Coleman, Opinion Columnist