I know that businesses can spend their money however they want. It’s their business. But I find it strange that Chick-Fil-A has tried to conceal their position on gay marriage for some time now. Sort of reeks of playing both sides. Businesses can do that, too. It’s their business. The thing is, I’m not really a fan of my chicken biscuit cash funding the anti gay rights movement. So, I had a come-to-Jesus moment, if you will. I quit Chick-Fil-A. And their closeted homophobic behavior.
Realistically speaking, if you started digging, it’d be easy to find that many companies are probably connected to some organization with an opposing values system. But I have a choice to make here, so I’m making it. I believe people know in their hearts that discrimination is wrong. But they keep riding this train to some Nazi-type fantasy land that the world would be better if we were all the same. That is, straight and Christian. Well, I disagree.
Seeing that the Chick-Fil-A website was interested in my feedback (“we value what you have to say”), I sent them my two cents. Maybe you’ll be inspired to send some of your own.
Dear Chick-Fil-A Leadership:
I have been a customer of Chick-Fil-A’s for about 5 years, since I moved to Atlanta. I was quickly won over by the chicken biscuits, the kind and courteous staff, and the seasonal hand-spun milkshakes. They’re wonderful. But your politics are not.
I’m writing to tell you I will no longer be patronizing your company, and will do my best to ensure my friends and family follow suit. I find your corporate support of anti-gay rights legislation abhorrent, a true anti-American stance, a massive failure in your company’s leadership.
As a married heterosexual I realize that civil rights for all do not come about unless those who are seemingly “unaffected” also stand by those who are being victimized. You may think this will just be a ripple in your gay customer base. It will not.
I hope you will reconsider your position. Gay men and women have fought and died in wars for you. They go to church, pay taxes, work in your locations and buy your sandwiches. You spit in their faces with these hateful actions. I hope you change your position. Until then, every twinge I get for one of those biscuits or milkshakes, I’ll spend at a gay rights nonprofit. It will be money well spent. And it’s ‘my pleasure.’