What the Cluck?

I know this whole Chick-fil-A thing has been done to death on the news, on Facebook, on blogs – everywhere.  I even overheard a conversation about it at the nail salon today.  So, although I doubt I have anything to say about it that hasn’t already been said, I wouldn’t be a responsible blogger – now would I? – if I didn’t touch on this topic.

I’m sick to death of hearing that those of us who are choosing to boycott Chick-fil-A are “intolerant.”  Intolerance, as the term is used with regard to prejudice and discrimination, involves marginalizing and demeaning individuals or entire classes of people based on things like ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or religious affiliation.  Intolerance in the true sense is an attempt to rob someone of their basic human rights (including their right to be treated with respect, dignity, and compassion).  Boycotting a company is NOT a form of intolerance.  It is, rather, a form of peaceful protest – a way to say, “I do not support your position and will not contribute my hard-earned money to a company that stands for something I find abhorrent.”

And that’s what it boils down to in this whole Chick-fil-A debacle: the company stands for something I find abhorrent – intolerance of gays all wrapped up in pretty Christian values.

Now, there are those who say, “But it’s just a difference of opinion!  So, you’re going to shun Chick-fil-A because the CEO has a different opinion from yours?”  No, actually.  I can accept and even respect people having opinions and entire belief systems that differ from my own.  What I can’t get down with is when those opinions and beliefs are imposed on others, when they are used in an attempt to rob other people of basic human rights.  What I can’t get down with is the fact that Chick-fil-A feels so strongly about “the biblical definition of marriage” that it contributes portions of its profits to organizations that seek to marginalize, demean, and otherwise fuck gays over.  I won’t contribute to that, I won’t.  And if that makes me intolerant, it only makes me intolerant of intolerance.

Dan Cathy can hold whatever convictions he wants, and he can even shake his fist and say that supporting same-sex marriage is “inviting God’s judgment.”  That’s his right as an American citizen.  But he – and all the other fist-shaking Christians – needs to accept that not everyone shares his convictions, and that other people are, in fact, just as steadfast in their beliefs as he is in his.

America is not a Christian nation.  It’s a melting pot of Christians, Jews, Hindus, Muslims, and yes, even Atheists.  To try to force everyone to live by Christian standards (and even those vary from Christian to Christian) is positively unAmerican.

So take your chicken, Chick-fil-A, and cluck off.

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13 Comments on “What the Cluck?”

  1. Ann
    August 6, 2012 at 6:58 am #

    Awesome. Thank you.

  2. Cheryl Tierney Kinne
    August 6, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

    couldn’t agree more!

  3. Holly F
    August 6, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

    Yes, exactly. I always like to add devil Worshipers to the melting pot. It really stirs things up.

    • Lisa
      August 6, 2012 at 3:17 pm #

      Ha! Aren’t atheists devil worshippers? That’s
      what I always heard …

  4. Linda K.
    August 6, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    So many folks stumble over this truth: everyone has the right to his/her opinion and the right to express it (barring physical harm). The Cathy Family has their opinion and are free to express it in whatever form they choose, as they have done, as does everyone else in this Land of the Free. That’s part of what makes this country so great. Unfortunately, there are those who want to impose their opinions and beliefs on everyone else. They are the ones who think we all should believe alike and act alike and dress alike, but only if perfectly aligned with their own thinking.

    As far as this particular debacle, it’s turned into quite the accidental profitable coup for the restaurants. It is my understanding and observation that the restaurants serve all patrons, without discrimination, and that the Cathy Family values are not restaurant criteria for who gets served and who doesn’t. And, from what I’ve read about the protests, both for and against, they’ve been very peaceful. In Roanoke, Virginia, the managers served tea and lemonade to both sides as they stood outside in the heat, freely expressing their own opinions.

    As for me, I will continue to frequent their restaurants, in spite of and/or in support of the Cathy Family values. And, I will also continue to spend/donate my money to causes that may or may not align with the Cathy Family values or any other American family’s values, which makes this U.S. of A. all the more diverse and grand. I do believe Rodney King said it best when he said……why can’t we all get along. Live and let live.

    • Lisa
      August 6, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

      Like I said, this isn’t just a
      difference of opinion. Yes. the Cathy
      family is free to hold whatever opinions
      and beliefs they want, and to run their business however
      they want. But I (and a lot of other people)
      won’t spend my money at a company that makes
      financial contributions to causes
      that I find abhorrent.

    • Stacey
      August 6, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

      Linda K said, “Unfortunately, there are those who want to impose their opinions and beliefs on everyone else.”

      That’s exactly what Chick-fil-A is doing. I have no problem with the Cathy Family doing whatever they want with their own money. But when their company puts $5 million into the coffers of certified hate groups, organizations whose sole focus is to impose their opinions & beliefs about gays on others, I simply can’t support that company. I’ve never eaten there before since I’m vegetarian, but I’ve shared this message with others who do eat at Chick-fil-A and nearly everyone I know has joined the boycott because we care more about ALL PEOPLE than the Cathys do.

      Thanks, Lisa, for writing about this & providing that link. Very scary company, we should boycott them for those other things, too!

  5. Cindy
    August 7, 2012 at 3:19 am #

    People are so short sighted. My business gives money to hate groups but I don’t talk about it. No one is boycotting me and I am having the last laugh.

    Boycott away if it makes you feel better. Please don’t delve into where other companies choose to quietly spend their money. It will probably ruin your day.

    Waffle fries sound really good right now 🙂

    • Lisa
      August 7, 2012 at 3:49 am #

      Why don’t you talk about it?

    • paula valerio
      August 7, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

      I agree! Again, living in the usa allows us to all choose what we believe in, where we spend our money and how we raise our children. Lets celebrate how great that is, and worry less about others. Negative juju will get you, eventually.

  6. Janet
    August 7, 2012 at 11:49 pm #

    Although I don’t reside in the USA this particular issue is something that could occur in any democratic country in the world. My own opinion is that I will boycott those companies that I feel support the wrong causes and support those companies that contribute to causes I believe in. This is a basic human right, to choose where we shop and how we spend our hard earned money. Lisa, you are entitled to your opinion and to boycott any company you wish to and to post your thoughts about it on your blog – isn’t democracy great!? As a Christian I have opinions and values that differ to yours, but I still believe that we all have the freedom to choose in all aspects of our own lives.

  7. Matt
    August 12, 2012 at 12:05 am #

    If Dan Cathy genuinely supported the “biblical definition of marriage,” he would probably have mentioned by now that he believes women who have had premarital/ extra-marital sex should be stoned to death, rape victims and prisoners of war should be forced to marry their assailants/ captors, brothers-in-law should marry their deceased brothers’ wives (assuming of course their brothers/wives don’t have children yet because that obviously makes sense), that we need more great men like Gideon who had 70 children by many wives, etc. And let’s all just pretend Jonathan and David were just really close friends.

    This is homophobia, period. Using the bible as a defense of bigotry is appalling, gutless and all too common from the Christian right.

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