Campaign against Chick-fil-A doesn't fly
Commentary: There is no evidence that the company has discriminated against gays.
Chick-fil-A's views on gay marriage are neither new nor surprising, and the rush to vilify the chicken restaurant chain has got one serious flaw: There is no evidence that the company has ever mistreated lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender employees or customers.
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Anything to divert the attention away from Obama and Mitt, is fair play.
How about some pet food company refusing to sell to gay cats or dogs next week? that should work.
Let's keep the two topics clear:
1. A customer boycott of Chick-fil-A.
2. A politician withholding permits for Chick-fil-A.
There is nothing wrong with a boycott. Shop anywhere you want and don't shop anywhere you don't.
Discriminating permits based on the beliefs of a company's owner is evil and illegal.
I mildly disagree with Cathy's stand on non-heterosexual marriage, but I'm outraged by public officials using the government to harass an organization based on a disagreement with the opinion of someone in that corporation. Because of the latter, I had my first meal at Chick-fil-A last night.
Don't piss off a homo! You might get glitterbombed!!!
Or worse, they might tell you that you shoes don't match the rest of your outfit!
Freedom isn't a part-time thing.
What I don't understand is why businesses/companies are even venturing into this debate. Just take care of your business.
You argue that Freedom of Speech is involved and it is! People have the right to say "don't patronize that business because it advocates discrimination."
You argue that Religious Freedom is involved and it is! It's a suppression of Religious Freedom. Why? Because there are Christian churches that would perform same-sex marriages except that they are not legally allowed to under their state's laws. They are being prohibited by the state that seems to favor one type of Christianity over another EVEN if the are the same sect.
In 2009 alone Chick-Fil-A (as a corporation) donated $2,000,000 to anti-gay marriage groups. In spite of the Citizens United case, corporations do not worship at churches. This was direct corporate sponsorships to religion based organizations to advocate for "legal inequality under the law" and suppression of Religious Freedom of a selected group of individuals.
This is also about the separation of Church and State. No one religion or "favored sect" has the legal standing or right to decide what secular laws are. The United States does not operate under Sharia Law. Nor will it operate under exclusively strict Jewish, nor Buddhist, nor Hindi, nor Christian laws.
Since this is a situation where folks are speaking out about protecting the civil rights of individuals, your point about this being a "Socialist path" is clearly mistaken. Further you are mistaken in the assumption that this is an effort to silence people. Rather, it's an effort to hold corporations accountable for what they advocate.
Let me ask you this if Corporations are people too, should they not be treated just like one?. If i went on the news and said i was throwing my money and what power i have behind a group that hates and wants to keep rights away from other good Americans from having the SAME rights as others i would be hated and protested against. So all we are really doing is treating a Corporation just like we would a person. Remember what those on the right love to say " Corporations are people too " . They can't have it both ways
Also, it's NOT hate based politics when you argue for inclusion. Hate based is when you argue to exclude
Nuff said!!!! Game,set,and match !!! Please pass this post on and repost it
KKK and "Rev" Fred Phelps also enjoy freedom of speach, and people have the right to support them.
I love me some Chik Fil A. Even more now.
When will people stop classification and just see us all as Americans in this country? LGBT? NAACP? La Raza?
Why can't we just stop divisiveness, and be one people?
Remember the melting pot our coutry once was?
People came to America to be an American. They never came here and wanted America to be Ireland, or Italy, or France. People came here to be American.
They use too much salt. There salad's are to little. There too expensive for what you get.
Go to the company with Boston in its name they serve chicken too. Company with Boston in your name make better Lemonade...like the company mentioned in this article.
I'm proud to work for a company that has only strived to give the best service to every customer no matter what their sexual-orientation may be. The chick-fil-a restaurant I work for has operated for 7 years in a very liberal area and none of our loyal customers have ever complained about our business practices.
We've hired plenty of homosexuals who have felt comfortable with letting us in to their personal lives (I know, because I am heavily involved in our employees as the HR Director) and have never experienced any kind of discrimination from co-workers. Perhaps HTC spokesman, Dan Rafter should conduct a little more research before assuming that not supporting gay-marriage can easily be deduced as a hostile work environment for all existing homosexuals. Talk about being close-minded. We wouldn't boast about giving top-rated service and then turn around and harass a select group of people.
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